Cherry Springs, PA
Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:20 PM
I'm looking at going to Cherry Springs for my first time this coming November during the Tuarid meteor shower. Since it will be in November, I do not believe that I can rent a cabin because most of the campgrounds are closed during this time.
If anyone has every been to cherry springs, where did you stay? It seems like lodging is sparse in that area (as I would imagine). The one descent place I've found so far is the Mill Stream Inn. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great!
Cherry Springs is 5 hours away from me so a good check list as well what to bring for a 4 day astronomy outing would be great; usually I am only at 4-8 hour star parties! Thanks in advanced .
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Posted 02 October 2013 - 10:31 AM
Oh wow, it seems pretty harsh up there. I thought it would be OK since it is early November. I am also renting one of the observatories now so hopefully that will help too.
That's why it's dark! ....nobody lives there 'cuz of the tough weather conditions!
Actually, the weather can be just about *anything*, so you need to monitor what is happening just before you go, and 'be prepared'. I've seen Cherry Springs in the fall go from 'shorts and t-shirt' days to 'winter coat' nights, especially if clear..... so remember to bring your dew (frost) heater for your scope! ....and warm dry clothes for yourself. There will likely be a few folks on the field, but you may be there all by yourself, with poor to no cell phone coverage.
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Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:24 AM
Also, what kind of dew blaster does everyone use? That is one thing that I do not have that I will need to purchase soon!
Posted 03 October 2013 - 12:11 PM
If you haven't been to many remote star parties this is going to be a tough start if you're not prepared. Average low in town early november is 30-33 degrees, but at the park I wouldn't be surprised to see 20's. Snow is absolutely possible.
My recommendations for staying warm:
Long johns - warmest and heaviest you can get
Many many layers. No cotton.
Winter boots, the warmer the better, and preferably with a good insole that'll insulate you from the cold ground/cement pad.
Heaviest jacket, gloves, 2 pairs of socks, and hat you have.
Hand warmers, in your boots, pants pockets, even your gloves can help you stay warm.
Warm beverages can be handy too.
It's better to be overprepared and able to get too warm, than frozen under the darkest skies you traveled so far to get to, but cant stand to be out observing.
You can't drive off the field at night, so park your car across the street before dark.
Posted 04 October 2013 - 10:17 AM
..... Also, what kind of dew blaster does everyone use? That is one thing that I do not have that I will need to purchase soon!
In November we call it a "frost blaster"!
....and if you don't have one, don't come to Cherry Springs, 'cuz you'll need it on 3 out of 4 nights. I've seen a goodly number of folks sitting under a wonderfully clear and dark sky at Cherry Springs, glumly looking at their dewed/frosted up telescope (and don't forget eyepieces, finder, etc also dew up).
As for recommendations: you'd be better off asking in the Equipment area, but I have two Kendrick units, plus a number of warmer straps. Back in June at Cherry Springs I found out how easy it is to short out one of these, so you do need to be careful using them. The 'gorilla astronomy' solution is to rubber-band hand warmer packets onto your equipment (not good for SCTs, but works for small refractors, eyepieces, Dob secondarys, finders, camera lenses), and then you can put them in your sleeping bag after observing to keep your toes warm!
Posted 04 October 2013 - 10:19 AM
another option is to drive south 400 miles!!
He wants to observe stars, not hurricanes.....
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Posted 14 October 2013 - 11:56 AM
CSSP regular Gary Honis recently posted an aerial video of the park shot from a remotely-controlled helicopter.
That's really neat!
For anyone who has not been to Cherry Springs, what is not shown in the video is: the CCC era log pavilion where the presentations are given during the 2 star parties, and the camping sites along the south edge of the old airfield. Both of these are under the trees.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:15 PM
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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:48 PM
Also, does anyone know what the power is like in observatories? How much can it draw and what kind of devices can I plug in? If I wanted to plug in my goto, an occasional hair dryer (dew build up) as well as a coffee pot perhaps would that over load the system?
You better call the park and ask. You have to call to reserve one anyway. I've heard rumors that there are problems with one or more of the domes.
All of the AC on the field is suppose to be for astro gear only, but if you ask nice, they might agree to a coffee pot.
Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:11 AM