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#26 t.r.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:31 AM

That place can get really cold there. I think it hit 45F one of the nights this last year even in June.



And you're from NY?!?!? Bwahahahaha! :lol: ;)

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

Does anyone know when the ASH website will be updated to allow for online registration via PayPal?

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

That place can get really cold there. I think it hit 45F one of the nights this last year even in June.



And you're from NY?!?!? Bwahahahaha! :lol: ;)

At least the snow melts at 45°F.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:04 PM

Hello friends:
Registration online by PayPal is now open and ready. You may send in your registration at your convenience if you plan to attend. Mail-in registration is also available and is open as well.

We need to forward to seeing you all at the star party! Clear Skies!

http://www.cherrysprings.org/

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:31 PM

For some reason, their website seems to be a thing of the past for registration and any information about the star party. What a shame. Not all of us are Facebook Fans.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:23 PM

Everything was on it just now when I clicked, make sure you refresh your browser.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:12 AM

Here's the link to the 2013 Cherry Springs Star Party page.

http://www.cherrysprings.org/

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:20 PM

For some reason, their website seems to be a thing of the past for registration and any information about the star party. What a shame. Not all of us are Facebook Fans.

Hi Scott and welcome to Cloudy Nights. The clubs registration page now has functioning Paypal buttons.

#34 Gary Honis

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:03 AM

The Cherry Springs Star Party orginizers (ASH) really need to post some rules, regulations and star party etiquette on the new star party home page taking registrations. If not, people will be arriving with green laser pointers, uncovered computer screens and pets. It's tough to enforce field rules if they are not published, not that they've been enforced well by ASH in the past when they were published.

Just came back from Cherry Springs where we had six consecutive nights of clear skies through dawn. That hasn't happened in our area for a long time. I hope ASH does a better job of controlling field lighting issues this year and their lack of any posted rules is not an indication of what we will experience this year.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:02 PM

Hi Gary,

I almost hate to ask for fear of it being even worse, but is it any darker than last year?
I still have delusions that conditions will return to as they were pre-fracking..........

See you guys next month,
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:41 PM

Hi John,

Tony Donnangelo had a Sky Quality meter and for the four clear nights he was there got readings ranging from 20.5 to 21.7. There was no flaring going on within a few miles of the park. Those readings are in line what we have seen the last few years since the fracking started in PA. See the graphic below. It is included in the YouTube video here:

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=wBpP3uxJ3OY

Before the fracking began, the only skyglow was in the direction of Coudersport. Remember those days? Now the skyglow continues into the North, East, South and West. The only section of dark sky remaining low to the horizon is in the Southwest. Most of the skyglow is from the many fracking and support facilities that are widespread in adjacent counties, especially to the East. I have a Youtube video using the Google's "Earth At Night 2012" service along with PA fracking sites posted here:

http://youtu.be/EfJ9KwGKKkM

Still, where else in the Eastern US can we get away from worsening light pollution?

Looking forward to spending some time with you under the stars at CS next month.

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#37 George N

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:27 PM

.....Just came back from Cherry Springs where we had six consecutive nights of clear skies through dawn. That hasn't happened in our area for a long time. ....


I really wanted to do that! However, I had to live with observing from my yard, with SQM readings of 20.0 .....a long way from the Cherry Springs level, where I have gotten SQM readings of 21.7. However, I was still able to get down to mag 12 galaxies with my little 5-inch APO. Seeing was even pretty good 2 or 3 nights.

We had six clear nights in NY too. I don't ever remember observing for 6 nights in a row before.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:28 PM

Any info on road conditions, or other local "issues" that we should be aware of before heading out to CSSP?

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:16 PM

Looking forward to this...it will be my first large star party!

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:20 PM

Hi George,

All the local roads are open as far as I know. West Branch road to Galeton is scheduled for more work, but was open yesterday.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:40 PM

A friend at work lives at the bottom of the hill (44 and 6) says the roads are about the same condition as last year.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:17 PM

That's still far better than my road.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 05:55 PM

Hi George,

All the local roads are open as far as I know. West Branch road to Galeton is scheduled for more work, but was open yesterday.


Gary, et al

West Branch is important to me, because I live to the northeast of Cherry Springs and arrive first in Galeton. I don't want to get down that road, find it blocked, and then have to back a trailer up 5 miles! :p

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 10:02 PM

Hi George,

You may want to call the Lyman Run Park office before you are ready to head out. They would know the work schedule for West Branch Rd.

I forgot to mention that we had a pesky bear at Cherry Springs that was suffering with mange. I understand it was put down on Thursday. Images here:

http://home.ptd.net/...r/May6Bear.html

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 12:14 AM

Hi George,

You may want to call the Lyman Run Park office before you are ready to head out. They would know the work schedule for West Branch Rd.

I forgot to mention that we had a pesky bear at Cherry Springs that was suffering with mange. I understand it was put down on Thursday. Images here:

http://home.ptd.net/...r/May6Bear.html


Well a bear at the Cherry Springs Star Party might have been quite interesting Gary :-). I guess we will have to focus on the sky. :-)

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 01:02 PM

link for road work

http://www.511pa.com/

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 07:12 AM

A pesky bear with mange was hanging around the observing field during the day at Cherry Springs on May 6. He was put down three days later so he won't be attending the star party. We also saw a red fox at the end of the South field and there is a short clip of it at the end of this video. Best viewed in 1080P:

http://youtu.be/Rk7mLFa7pTs

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:32 PM

^Ursa Manger

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:00 AM

^Ursa Manger


....around my place we have "Ursa Bird-feederisis" and "Ursa Garbagecanus Destructus" :smirk:

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:40 PM

That silenced bear might have wanted to be a speaker since there is ONLY one speaker listed for the star party.






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