Astronomical Society

of Long Island


PLEASE NOTE:  All content on this site is Copyright © 2013 by Ken Spencer, The Astronomical Society of Long Island, and the respective photographers.  All Rights Reserved.  Reproduction is forbidden without express written permission.

The newly refurbished Vanderbilt Planetarium is now open.  It has been undergoing renovation for over a year, and officially opened in the middle  of March.  It is beautiful and comfortable, and the capabilities of the new projectors are astounding.  From now on we will be holding our meetings in the planetarium!   Please come join us! 

This is a photograph of Dave Bush at the operating console of the new planetarium projector showing a view of the sky with a drawing of Orion the Hunter superimposed on the sky.    (Photograph Copyright © Ken Spencer, 2013)

The Astronomical Society of Long Island is one of the more active groups in the New York Metropolitan Area. We are a group of dedicated amateur astronomers and telescope makers with a passion for our hobby, and a willingness to share our knowledge and excitement of the hobby with others, both experienced, and those who may have just discovered the hobby. Please come join us at our meetings, and enjoy the view through our telescopes at our observing sessions.

MEETINGS:  EVERY Wednesday Night


LOCATION: Vanderbilt Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY

We welcome new visitors, you do not need to own a telescope, and there is no requirement to join the club in order to attend meetings or to come to observing sessions. Come visit with us, to ask questions, to benefit from our collective experience, and to explore the wonders of the night sky.

The New Vanderbilt Planetarium

One of Our Recent Programs

Last month we had a presentation by Stan Honda, a photographer from Agence France Presse, who is also very passionate about photographing the night sky.  He has been an Artist in Residence at several National Parks in the last few years.  He gave a talk and slideshow of some of his night sky photography and the images were stunning!  This is one of his photographs from Wupatki National Monument near Flagstaff.         

                                     (Photograph Copyright © Stan Honda 2013 - All Rights Reserved.)


The Veil Nebula

This is a photograph of the Veil Nebula, taken at Orient Point by Steve Ballavia.  It is astounding that this image is in color - most photographs of it that I have seen are only in black & white.  The Veil Nebula is a supernova remnant from a star that exploded 6,500 years ago, and consists of two semi-circular parts that once formed a circle. It is located in the Eastern wing of the constellation Cygnus the Swan.  The image was made with a Canon EOS T3 camera on a Astronomics 6-inch f/4 Imaging Newtonian on a Celestron CG5/CEGM Mount. There were 30  two minute exposures at ISO 3200, which were then combined.  This is a magnificent object to see, but you need dark skies, and the larger the telescope aperture, the better.

                               (Photograph Copyright © Steve Bellavia, 2014 - All Rights Reserved.)