Visit to Yonkers Parks Department

Every once in a while, it’s important to take a break from the wedding services and go do something different, whether it’s taking a vacation or just trying a new activity.

Have you ever been to the parks department’s location in Yonkers, NY? It’s located within a couple hundred feet of Stefanik Park and Cochran Park right in the middle of Westchester County. I went there yesterday to set up a long range telescope and check out the night view.

The Yonkers Parks Department maintains each of the parks in Yonkers. It’s primary objective is to promote environmental conservation, followed closely by supporting local recreational activities. Whether you’re planning on kayaking down the Hudson River, taking a morning stroll along the water, riding on the local bike trails, or picnicking at a place like Tibbets Brook Park, Yonkers has something for everyone.

We drove over to the Yonkers Parks Department building yesterday and set up a Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Newtonian Reflector Telescope. It’s only $170 at Best Buy, but it provides an amazing view. It has a 3 times magnification Barlow lens that allows for bright, clear images . All you need is a clear night sky and you can have quite the view of the stars and planets.

We’re able to see at least a few thousand stars from our location on Earth during the night. In the day time, they’re still out there, but the sun light blocks our view. In addition to countless stars, we can see the Andromeda Galaxy (M31). Aside from the Milky Way, this is the only other galaxy we can use without the use of high-powered telescopes like that of the Hubble Space Station.

In terms of planets, we’re able to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and sometimes Saturn. Without the use of a telescope, these planets just look like bright stars.

It’s crazy to think about how small we are compared to everything out in space. I’m sitting here worried about my business helping people with their weddings, and all my problems just seem so small when you take a moment to look up. I’d encourage you to try it.