George N Obsession 20 Optical Guidance Systems 10" F/9 R-C Cass 6" F/5 & 8" F/8 home-made Newts Explore Scientific 127mm ED MI-250 mount Denk II bino-viewer, with PowerX and Newt reducer, Member, International Dark-Sky Association
Quote:What are your favorite dark sky sites East of the Mississipi (you know, that part of the light pollution map where there are just a few spots of black)?The only one area I have been able to locate so far that is anywhere near me (Ohio) is in Monongahela National Forest in WV, i.e. Spruce Knob and Dolly Sods.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
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Quote:If you're in Eastern Ohio, I'd also consider Calhoun County Park, WV, about 4 miles south of Grantsville, WV, off SR-16. If you know your travel time to Marietta, OH, add about 1 hr 15 min.Our group used to go to Spruce Knob. Since we discovered Calhoun, we haven't been back. Skies are comparable to Cherry Springs, and there's a renovated barn on site that doubles as a community center that can be rented out for the night so you can sleep in a climate-controlled environment.Clear Skies,Phil
Quote:Don't go to Cedar Creek State Park to observe. It's 3 miles SW of a federal prison (FCI Gilmer) that will throw up a massive amount of local light pollution.