Fort de la Presentation is hosting a free stargazing event on Saturday | St. Lawrence County

OGDENSBURG – Presentation Fort will host a stargazing event for the third year, featuring amateur astronomer Tim Able.

The Star Party is free and will begin at dusk Saturday at the fort property, located on Albany Avenue in Ogdensburg.

Mr. Able, an amateur astronomer and archaeologist who earned his doctorate from the University of Albany, will host the event. He will provide his 11-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for guests to observe the sky.

“Last time we saw planets, stars, nebulae and even another galaxy,” said Barbara O’Keefe, president of the Presentation Fort Association.

Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights, lawn chairs, insect repellent, binoculars and their own telescope if they have one.

“My favorite part of last year was all the kids,” Ms O’Keefe said. “There was a little boy and his birthday was coming up. At the end of the night he asked his grandmother for a telescope and I think he got it.

In case of rain, the Star Party will be postponed to the following night, June 26.

“It’s an opportunity you won’t get unless you have this incredible telescope, I mean, we even got to see a distant galaxy last year,” Ms O’Keefe said. “This is not your home telescope. It’s amazing that he puts the coordinates on his phone and the telescope moves to those coordinates.

More information about Mr. Able and the Star Party can be found at wdt.me/StarParty.

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