Cherry Springs, PA – CANCELLED (see note)

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Star Party Announcement 4/27:
To all registrants and friends of the Cherry Springs Star Party, we appreciate your continued support. The monies raised each year from our star party helps to fund the Naylor Observatory as well as the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg’s Public Outreach programs throughout the year.
However not all news is good news. As much as we were hoping to avoid it, we have made the very hard decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the Cherry Springs Star Party. Our friends are dear to us, and we want to do our part to ensure everyone’s health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end we feel it is necessary to take this step. We will be refunding all registration fees paid for the party. If you registered online via PayPal for the star party we will be refunding that payment through PayPal. If you registered via the mail in form, we will send a refund check by mail.
We are contemplating the possibility of selling special 2020 Cherry Springs Star Party t- shirts as a fundraising effort for the Astronomical Society – if we are able to do this we will put up more information on how to purchase them to the Star Party website and here on social media.
As amateur astronomers we always look forward to our star party as an opportunity to converse with friends and view the heavens under the pristine dark skies that Cherry Springs offers. We wish everyone good health and we hope to see everyone next June at the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party!
Stay Safe!
Chip Templin
Astronomical Society of Harrisburg

PA MapThe Black Forest Star Party (BFSP) is an annual dark-sky amateur astronomy observing event hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Observers (CPO). Held every year since 1999, the BFSP generally spans a weekend in the late summer or early fall in Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County, Pennsylvania.

Cherry Springs State Park is one of the darkest sites in the state of Pennsylvania and has been designated as Pennsylvania’s first Dark Sky Park by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The amateur astronomers who have attended the BFSP can testify that the skies can be great!

To the right is a light pollution map of Pennsylvania, courtesy of the International Dark-Sky Association. Cherry Springs is located in the middle of the dark area, roughly where the red spot is. It is about as dark here as it gets in Pennsylvania! The Cherry Springs site is also in a large field, at an altitude of 2300 feet above sea level. This makes for one great place to have a star party!

2002 BFSP AuroraCherry Springs is becoming a very popular place! Many amateur astronomers are holding impromptu or organized events here during the observing season. If you would like more information on Cherry Springs you may visit Thom Bemus’ Web page on the Park.

The 2002 BFSP was one of the most spectacular BFSP events, mostly due to an amazing auroral display on Saturday night. While not typical, the photo to the left (and the background of the image at the top of the page, both courtesy of CPO Member and 2002 BFSP attendee Dr. Gerry Santoro) hints at some of the wonder that is Cherry Springs State Park and the Black Forest Star Party.

Cherry Springs State Park
From the North and West: Take US Route 6 to Coudersport, then Route 6 / 44 to Sweden Valley. At Sweden Valley, take Route 44 South. This will take you directly into Cherry Springs. From the North and East: Take US Route 6 to Galeton, PA, then take Route 144 south to Carter Camp (population 2!). Take a right on Route 44 North, this will take you directly into Cherry Springs.

Cherry Springs State Park
4639 Cherry Springs Rd


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