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Remarkable Dark Skies at Cherry Springs

The Cherry Springs Star Party is an annual astronomy event held in Coudersport, PA.  This incredible gathering of amateur astronomers always coincides with the new moon for truly breathtaking views of the Milky Way. The lack of light pollution in this area is the reason for a truly unforgettable view of the night sky. This year, my Fiance and I made the 3 and a half hour drive from Ontario to Cherry Springs State Park for 3 nights of astronomy camping.  This is the closest dark sky preserve from my home in St. Catharines, Ontario.  Naturally, I brought all of my astrophotography equipmen…

Camping under the stars

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…