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September 3, 2013

Adirondack Public Observatory busy star-gazing

TUPPER LAKE — The Adirondack Public Observatory is now in full operation, welcoming all star-gazers.

Some finishing construction touches are still in progress. But the nonprofit group of citizen astronomers has largely completed the observatory building on Big Wolf Road here.

The telescopes were installed over the summer.

THREE TELESCOPES IN PLACE

Carol Levy is vice president of the Adirondack Public Observatory Board of Directors. She said they have welcomed scores of visitors already.

“A lot happened over the summer. We mounted three of our telescopes. We have a fourth still to be mounted.

“We stargaze on the first and third Friday of the month, rain or shine,” Levy said.

“But we’re up there almost every clear night. Anyone interested in coming up can call the office here if they want to check.”

The Adirondack Public Observatory, or APO as it’s called locally, will host a grand opening at some point in the not too distant future, Levy said.

“The handicapped-accessible areas have to be finished by the contractor; then we can have a grand opening.”

There is a fair bit of work going on, completing Phase 1 of the three-phase project.

‘SPECTACULAR’ SIGHTS

“We’ve had tons of people, several large groups, people from Long Island, people from Australia, the Girl Scout Leaders of Northeastern New York — they have a conference center in Lake Clear every summer where we’ve made presentations, but this year they came here.”

Levy said stars, constellations, meteors and comets have kept many people gazing skyward at night in Tupper Lake.

“We were looking at Saturn earlier this year; we’ve been watching the summer constellations move, the Milky Way — when it’s dark, it’s spectacular. When there is a full moon, we watch the moon.

‘We had quite a large gathering for the Perseid Meteor Shower; that was a lot of fun.”

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