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Town: High Bridge

Observing site: Voorhees State Park

Zip Code:  08829

Phone Number:  (908) 638-8500

E-mail: njaamail@aol.com

URL: http://www.njaa.org

Restrictions:  Site of New Jersey Astronomical Association's Paul Robinson Observatory. The observatory is usually open Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons for visitors from Memorial Day through Halloween, and on the fourth Saturday evening of the month from November to May.  The observatory is closed in December. Site is located at 900 feet above sea level and surrounded by trees.  Contact the club before showing up, since there is no convenient place to observe from within the park outside of the observatory's gated entrance.

Directions:
From east: Take Rte. 78 west to Rte. 31 north to Rte. 513 north, follow Rte 513 through town of Highbridge. Approximately 2 miles from church you will see observatory sign on right. Make left onto Observatory Rd, head up mountain about a quarter of a mile to field on right or 100 feet further to NJAA Robinson Observatory.

Directions from west:  Take Rte 78 east to Rte 31 north, then follow east directions.

Directions from south:  Take, NJ Turnpike to exit 10 or the Garden State Parkway to exit 127, then Rte 287 north to Rte 78 west, to Rte. 31 north. Then follow directions to east.

Directions from north:  Take, NJ Turnpike to exit 14, or Garden State Parkway to exit 141 then west on Rte. 78, to Rte. 31 north, then follow east directions.  Click here for Google Maps.

Current weather:  Click for High Bridge, New Jersey Forecast

Clear Sky Clock Copyright A.Danko

How are the sky conditions?  Moderate light pollution.

 
Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:
     At the zenith: 5.6
     East: 5.0
     West: 5.2
     North: 5.4
     South: 4.5
Horizons:
     East: 25 degrees
     West: 40 degrees
     North: 40 degrees
     South: 35 degrees

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Town: Hope
 
Observing site: Jenny Jump State Forest

Address: Far View Road

Contact:  president@uacnj.org

URL: http://www.uacnj.org

Restrictions:  The UACNJ facility at Jenny Jump is accessible to the public on Saturday evenings from 7:30 to 10:30 PM from April through October.  At all other times, access is limited to Observers - members of affiliated clubs who have joined UACNJ.  For information contact president@uacnj.org.

Directions: From Interstate 80: Take Exit 12 [route 521-Hope]. From the off ramp go south on 521 towards Hope for 1.2 miles. Turn left at the light in Hope (there is only one). Then take the first right turn on Great Meadows-Hope Road. Travel 2.4 miles to Far View Road. Turn left on Far View. The observatory entrance is 1.2 miles on the right (turn right on the Jenny Jump Forest sign).

From Interstate 78 and Route 22: Take Exit 17 for Route 31 North. Travel north 16.6 miles (through Washington, and Oxford). At Route 46 (light at "T" intersection - Butzville), turn right. Go 5.8 miles on Route 46 to Great Meadows. Turn left on Hope Road (Route 611 - Saints Peter and Paul Church on corner). Travel 2.4 miles to Far View Road. Turn right on Far View. The observatory entrance is 1.2 miles on the right (turn right just before the Jenny Jump State Forest sign).  Click here for Google Maps.

Current weather:   Click for Hope, New Jersey Forecast

Clear Sky Clock Copyright A.Danko

How are the sky conditions?   The site is located 1,100 feet above sea level and the sky conditions are quite good for New Jersey.

 
Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:
     At the zenith: 6
     East: 5.7
     West: 5.5
     North: 5.7
     South: 5

 
Horizons:
     At the zenith:
     East: 25 degrees
     West: 40 degrees
     North: 35 degrees
     South: 10 degrees

Comments from contributor:  The United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, consisting of nineteen different clubs including some from New York and Pennsylvania, have an observing complex at the top of a hill within the forest.  In addition to a large clubhouse, there are several roll-off roof observatories that belong to the different clubs. The gate is open on almost every clear weekend, but it is recommended that you call  ahead or email.  North is the darkest direction, south the worst because of light from Hackettstown.

Public Programs at Jenny Jump

The UACNJ provides free public programs from April through October on Saturday evenings. An astronomy presentation begins at 8 PM in the lecture hall regardless of the weather and is followed by stargazing on the observatory's telescopes until 10:30 PM, weather permitting.

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Town: Woodbine
 
Observing site: Belleplain State Forest recreation fields

Address: Woodbine Ave.

Mailing Address: County Route 550, P.O. Box 450; Woodbine, NJ 08270

Contact: Park Ranger station

Phone: (609) 861-2404

URL: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/belle.html

Restrictions: This park has camping sites at various rates (tent, camper, yurt, etc.).  No fee is required for registered campers, but there is an entry fee for non campers. If you plan on camping you are well advised to call ahead for yurt (a round tent) or cabin reservations. Tent sites are almost always available.

Directions: The forest can be reached via the Garden State Parkway by taking exit 17 southbound (exit 17) to Routes 9 and 550 or exit 13 northbound. Highway signs are provided to guide the motorist to the forest.  Click here for Google Maps.

Current weather: Click for Woodbine, New Jersey Forecast

 

How are the sky conditions?   Outstanding! The nearest place that comes close to a city is about 10 miles.  This site is very dark with little apparent light pollution.

Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:
     At the zenith: 6.5
     East: 6
     West: 6
     North: 6
     South: 6

Comments from contributor: This site is one of the darkest I have ever been to. The view of the Milky Way is outstanding; at first the shear number of stars confused my ability to find well known constellations. I also know several local clubs use this site, including the South Jersey Astronomy Club for their annual South Jersey Star Party. I recommend you call the ranger station for more information regarding park fees, etc.

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