York County Astronomical Society
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The York County Astronomical Society was started in 1989, and currently has about 70 members in 4 counties in Pennsylvania as well as in Maryland and Delaware.
The Society also has special programs to showcase eclipses, meteor showers, comets, and other special events.
The Society operates The York Learning Center Planetarium bringing astronomy to the public, presenting astronomical shows and related astronomy programs of the night sky.
The Society owns 5 research-grade telescopes, an 18” Dobsonian, 14” Dobsonian and a 12” computerized goto telescope, a 10" SCT telescope, a 4.5” Newtonian telescope, a 4” Astro-Physics Refractor telescope. In addition for loan to members, the Society owns two 8” Dobsonian telescopes, a Celestron NexStar i 8 GoTo telescope with GPS and a Coronado PST solar telescope.
The Society also owns a 12’ dish antenna for radio astronomy, and associated electronic recording equipment
Awards and Recognition
Clubs and Certification Programs
The Society hosts numerous groups for private star parties, from Boy and Girl Scout troops, church groups, school classes, and company groups. We also hold two “Introduction to Astronomy” classes each year.
The Society hosts the annual Mason Dixon Star Party. A gathering of amateur and professional astronomers promoting the science of astronomy.