Star Party, The Institute

Star Party, The Institute

Monday December 5th, 2022 * 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Area residents are invited to a “star party,” a telescope viewing of the night sky at Pine Hill Recreation Area near Waynesboro.
The event, a partnership between The Institute and Tri-State Astronomers (TSA), is free and open to the public.
Telescopes will be set up in the park, and members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand to guide viewers and answer questions.
Event coordinator and TSA member, Andy Smetzer said, “One of the goals of our group is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope.
It’s also a good chance for someone thinking of buying a telescope to try one out and ask questions.”
“During the star party, we will be observing various nebula and star clusters of the winter night sky,” Smetzer said.
For more information on the night skies, Smetzer suggests these websites: and
Viewers may come and go anytime during the event.
Those attending may bring their own telescope and binoculars, as well as lawn chairs or blankets.
Flashlights are not permitted in the telescope viewing area but may be used to reach the area from the parking lot.
(Cloud date TBA if needed—check website if cloudy)
Pine Hill Recreation Area
Telescope Clinic—Learn How to Use Your Telescope! The Institute

Telescope Clinic—Learn How to Use Your Telescope! The Institute

In partnership with the Tri-State Astronomers Club, The Institute is hosting a telescope clinic on Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the social room at the Church of the Apostles, 336 Barnett Avenue in Waynesboro, Pa.
The clinic is designed to help sky watchers maximize their use of a telescope.
Participation is free, but registration is required to reserve a consultation time.
“We can learn so much using telescopes, but they are not much fun if you don’t know how to use them,” said astronomy club member Andy Smetzer.
“If you have a telescope and you’re not sure what to do next, bring it to the clinic for some guidance.”
Club members will teach telescope owners how to view the stars with their own telescopes, including hands-on help with alignment, various eyepieces, focus and mechanical adjustments.
“If anyone has an old—or new—telescope, they should bring it in,” Smetzer said, “and also bring user manuals and any accessories like lenses, spare parts, etc., that came with the telescope.”
To pre-register for an appointment, email Dave Graff at:, or call The Institute at 717-762-0373.
Free Star Gazing Party At Conococheague Institute

Free Star Gazing Party At Conococheague Institute

Join Tri-State Astronomers  Saturday, November 13, from 7pm to 10pm, and explore the night sky with CI’s gorgeous view. With little light pollution, the stars, constellations and the moon can be seen incredibly clear. The Tri-State Astronomers bring their telescopes and provide educational programs. All levels are welcome to learn and enjoy. The event is free.

Learn more about Conocococheague Institute here.