Join us for:

Wagman Winterfest XXI
*** CANCELLED FOR 2014 ***



at Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory,
Deer Lakes Park,
near Russellton, Pa.



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Wagman Winterfest is the annual winter star party sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh Inc.

The AAAP, with about 450 members, is the largest astronomical society in Pennsylvania. We operate Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Regional Park, Frazer Township, about 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

There is no need to register to attend Wagman Winterfest. Admission? It's free. Parking fees? Nope. But be sure to bundle up. Bring a warm beverage, such as hot chocolate or hot cider. Dress for the weather conditions!

Please be careful where you park and walk -- the grounds may be slippery.

Want to learn about the stars and planets? Come and bring your questions! And if the weather cooperates, we'll take a look at some of the winter's wonders, such as the Orion Nebula!

Did you receive a telescope for Christmas and you don't know how to use it? Bring it along and we'll try to help.

Wagman Winterfest is held weather permitting. Severe cold or heavy snow will cause the star party to be canceled. So will persistent cloud cover, for which Pittsburgh is famous!

If Wagman Winterfest is forced to cancel, we recommend you visit the Henry Buhl Jr. Planetarium and Observatory at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center to continue your exploration of the cosmos!

For more information, call the AAAP's Wagman Observatory at (724) 224-2510 or Wagman Winterfest Director Pete Zapadka at (412) 487-9363. Click here to e-mail Pete!

Directions to Wagman Observatory are available from the "Facilities" tab on the AAAP Web site.