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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 astrophotogra…

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…

Ontario Campgrounds Astronomy

Astronomy at Ontario Campgrounds

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One of the best ways to enjoy astronomy under a dark sky is to go camping. Campgrounds are usually well away from city light pollution, meaning that you will be able to enjoy many more stars in the sky than you are used to seeing at home. In mid-summer, the sun sets very late at the campgrounds in Ontario, and most campers are settling in for cozy sleep in their sleeping bag. But if you're anything like me, your night is just beginning.  Astronomy at Ontario Campgrounds Dark Skies at Ontario Provincial Parks During the summer months, I like to leave my light-polluted backyard in t…

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.…