Wagman Observatory

Deer Lakes Park is home to the the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory, which is owned and operated by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP).

Built in 1987 and expanded in 1995, the Wagman Observatory is the first amateur astronomical observatory in western Pennsylvania.

Star Parties

At the observatory, AAAP holds Star Parties, where visitors may view celestial objects through the observatory’s two large permanent telescopes: the Brashear 11-Inch Refractor and the Manka Memorial Telescope, or any of a wide variety of members' portable telescopes.

Star Parties are held weather permitting and posted on the AAAP website.

At Wagman Observatory, vistors can:

  • Understand how to usetelescope equipment, so BYOT (Bring Your Own Telescope!).
  • Buy a telescope, accessories, star charts, and books.
  • Learn more about the stars with free handouts, guides, and books.

Deer Lakes Park Wagman Observatory
Deer Lakes Park Wagman Observatory - closed
Deer Lakes Park Wagman Observatory - open
Waiting for dusk
Inside the Observatory
Inside the Observatory


225 Kurn Rd
Tarentum, PA 15084

40.627°, -79.813°

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