For those of you who attended the Cherry Springs Star Party, you already know that the gas companies in the surrounding areas agreed to stop "flaring" at 9:00 pm and resume at 5:00 am the next morning on the nights that were clear. It was also nice to find out that the drill rig lights to the south of the park really didn't extend much past the existing tree line. We continue to have good relations with the companies surrounding CSSP and hope that all astronomers will respect that these sites are similar to construction sites and can be dangerous places to be walking around on. You are not permitted to trespass on these sites and might well jeopardize the good working relationship we now enjoy with these companies. Please respect this - and next time you get behind a line of their trucks...just remember what they are willing to do for Astronomers at CSSP! Our many thanks to them, and to you!
The Dark Sky Fund/Association depends upon the comments and suggestions made by the astronomers who use the park to decide how the money raised by the Dark Sky Fund should be spent. We try to meet each year at the Work Bee, the Cherry Springs Star Party (ASH) and the Black Forest Star Party (CPO). But this blog site also gives you a place to make your suggestions and gain instant feed back from fellows users of CSSP.
Please keep your comments on topic and be aware that any personal remarks or unkind words will simply be deleted.
Welcome to the new website for the Cherry Springs State Park Dark Sky Fund and Association. This is still a work in progress, but feel free to browse through the pages we have set up at this time. This will be the site to visit to get the latest information on happenings in the park and updates on what the Dark Sky Fund is doing project-wise. If you post comments, please confine them to topics of concern at Cherry Springs and with the Fund/Association. Please respect everyone who uses this site and unsigned postings will not be accepted. Anyone abusing this blog will be blocked from the site as per the decision of the Dark Sky Director.
Very soon we will have the procedure for the Wireless Internet usage posted here. You will be required to sign a Terms of Service agreement in order to use the wireless at the park. Please make sure that your automatic updates is turned OFF prior to signing on to the internet. Large file downloading is not permitted and will result in the system being shut down for 24 hours. You will be signing in with a password system and this system will be monitored for compliance of any rules set in place. This is for your safety and to make sure that the astronomers who paid for this site are the only one who are using this access. Please keep checking this site for further information and I will also be posting to the listserver when the system is ready to use.
My thanks to all of you who contributed to the wireless project...and a huge thanks to the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation for the grant money they awarded us to start this project up. Contributions must continue in order to keep this system going year after year (just a reminder!).
Hope to see all of you at the 2009 Work Bee...see details as listed on the Home page side bar.
See you under the stars!
Maxine Harrison, Director
CSSP Dark Sky Fund/Assocation