Stargazing weekend nearish to NYC
October 5, 2014 7:18 AM   Subscribe

Does such a place exist with three or four hours driving from NYC? Searching for a bed and breakfast with a telescope (that works and is pointed at something?) and a hot tub?

If not, can you suggest an awesome place with
posted by tulip-socks to Travel & Transportation around New York (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It's 5 1/2 hours away, but the Margaret and H A Rey(famous for Curious George; he also wrote a book about constellations) center in Waterville Valley NH has a stargazing night 10-25. Googling turns up several B&Bs nearby.
posted by brujita at 8:55 AM on October 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

This list of astronomy clubs in NY might help.
posted by COD at 10:00 AM on October 5, 2014

These guys might also be able to help too.
posted by essexjan at 10:04 AM on October 5, 2014

I don't know of a place like this in New England. As you might guess, a big problem is weather; you can only observe if it's clear and the number of clear nights in New England is pretty small.

An alternate option would be to try to find a nice B&B in a pretty area with a local college that offers observing. Most New England liberal arts colleges have campus observatories that are open for public observing. For example, Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, Smith College in Northampton, MA (the other four colleges in the Amherst/Northampton area offer observing, too), Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Yale in New Haven, CT, or Bennington College in Bennington, VT (for Bennington, the Eddington House Inn is supposed to be very nice).

However, with all of these places, the weather is a big wild card. It is more often cloudy than not for observing and it's something that is totally unpredictable a week out (and is often unpredictable even the morning of). There's a reason that all the observatory B&Bs are in Arizona.

If you don't manage to get observing done up here in New England, you can always go to Columbia's Public Observing when you get home.

If you have any questions, send me a message; as you have probably guessed, I have significant personal experience with many of these observatories.
posted by Betelgeuse at 6:45 PM on October 5, 2014

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