Star Parties ( CSSP and BFSP)
Information about CSSP and BFSP
Public Viewing Nights during star parties. These occur on the Saturday night of these events and run from 8 pm to 11pm. The general public is invited to come in and visit with astronomers and look through the telescopes that are volunteered for this event. Please see the Announcement section of this webpage for further details. Program is cancelled if cloudy or raining.
Two fee-based star parties are held at Cherry Springs State Park each year. Please contact the sponsoring club to register to attended. These event require pre-registration and are sponsored byt the Astronomy Clubs below. Up to 500 astronomers attend these events, along with a slate of excellent speakers and vendors. By the way...each of these clubs also generously donates to the Dark Sky Fund which allows us to provide satellite wireless internet service to astronomers from April to October. Please support these clubs by attending their events! If these links do not connect you, please google their websites directly.
CHERRY SPRINGS STAR PARTY: Sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg and in 2012 will be held June 2 - 5, 2016. For further information check their website at: http://www.astrohbrg.org
BLACK FOREST STAR PARTY: Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Observers, State College, PA. will be held Sept. 2 - 4, 2016- Contact them at their website at http://www.cpoclub.org
As this is Labor Day weekend, if you are not staying on the Observation Field but plan to stay at a motel or Bed and Breakfast, it is recommended that you make your reservations early. Accommodations can be found on the home page link to the Potter County Visitor Association. Please do not contact this website for lodging info.
Public Viewing Night for the CSSP will be Sat. June 7 and for the BFSP it will be Saturday, Sept. 7. If you wish to volunteer your scope or club, please contact Max at the Dark Sky Fund kiosk on Saturday to sign up and pick up your indicator light. Public viewing runs from 7:30 pm until 11:00 pm. The general public is invited to visit the park at this time to look through the volunteered telescopes and to meet and greet Astronomers on the field. NO PETS PERMITTED. Dress for cold weather and wear proper footware. Food vendor will be open for business. Park in the NIght Sky Viewing area parking lot and walk over to Astronomy Field where you will be met by Dark Sky Team members. THIS EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED FOR WEATHER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
Also..please note that Stargazing is NOT available the first full weekend of August each year due to the annual Woodsmans Show sponsored by the Galeton Rotary Club.