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Learn How to Choose & Use a Backyard Telescope, Nov. 12-13

Amateur Astronomers, Inc. (AAI), and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders welcome the public to learn how to choose and correctly use a backyard telescope. “Know Your ‘Scope – Know the Sky” is two nights of free lessons and a chance to view the stars through a variety of telescopes.

On Friday night, Nov. 12, from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., the Amateur Astronomers will gather at William Miller Sperry Observatory on the campus of Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, to learn how to select and buy a telescope.

On Saturday night, Nov. 13, from 6:30 – 10 p.m., the group will gather at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside to learn about basic astronomy and how to use different telescopes. There also will be a “Star Party” on Saturday night if the weather is favorable. Pre-registration is required for Saturday night’s activities either in person at the Trailside Visitors Center or by phone at 908-789-3670.

Parking and admission to these events are free of charge.

For information about Amateur Astronomers, Inc., please visit the AAI website: (click on “events”).

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Avenue) in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For more information about upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit the

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