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Finding Darker Skies

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Astrophotography in late August and early Septemeber feature ideal conditions for spending a full night photographing the stars. The nights are longer, the temperature is warm, yet cool at night, and the breathtaking Milky Way core continues to stretch upwards into the night, as nightfall sets in. Right now, some of the first stars to "pop" after the sun has receded behind the Earth are Vega, Altair, Deneb, and Arcturus. Even more noticeably present are the intense glowing "wanderers" known as Mars and Saturn in our Solar System. As the end of summer approaches, so does our nightly showin…

Astronomy at Ontario Campgrounds

Astronomy at Ontario Campgrounds

Dark Skies at Ontario Provincial Parks Selkirk and Rock Point offer dark skies for astronomy During the summer months, I like to leave my light-polluted backyard in the city and travel to some Ontario Campgrounds for some astronomy camping.  My two favourite Ontario parks are Rock Point Provincial Park and Selkirk Provincial Park.  They both offer fantastic dark skies looking south over Lake Erie.   [caption id="attachment_2188" align="aligncenter" width="688"] The Milky Way from Selkirk Provincial Park Campgrounds[/caption]   Stargazing at Selkirk Provincial Park I h…

Black Forest Star Party at Cherry Springs

Black Forest Star Party

Black Forest Star Party Cherry Springs State Park - June 2014 The unspoiled dark skies of Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania are a real treat to stargazers who attend the Black Forest Star Party.  Now this is what our night sky is supposed to look like! Weather-wise, it has been an astrophotographers dream this summer. We have had lots of clear nights, and I have been taking full advantage! I attended my first "star-party" last week. The Black Forest Star Party has been running since 2005 at the Cherry Springs State Park and is run by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, PA.…