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Dave Mitsky
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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: ischua]
      #5646159 - 01/27/13 02:24 PM

The ASH web site is under reconstruction.

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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5647116 - 01/27/13 10:45 PM

I want to go, but June has very late sunsets and early sunrises.

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George N
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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: The Ardent]
      #5650132 - 01/29/13 11:46 AM

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I want to go, but June has very late sunsets and early sunrises.




Ya…. the wimps kept complaining about minor stuff like blizzards, temps in the low 20’s, and such…. So they moved it from April to May and now June. I’m planning on a 3 or 4 day run a month or two before CSSP, plus going to the star party.

CSSP is still a great opportunity for some dark sky observing along with all of the other activities of a very well-run star party. Yes there’s a shorter night, and less time before the spring time galaxies set, but you do get a good shot at “the summer Milky Way” late at night. I always ‘flex’ a day or two early…. or late…. to max out my chances under a clear sky. If the weather is good, you can expect half the field to be filled several days before the star party starts. Of course then you have to pay the camping fee and you are on your own for food.

I get a Galaxy Pass giving free camping for a year. You need 5 non-star party nights to break even, but…. the money is going for a good cause!


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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: George N]
      #5650356 - 01/29/13 01:45 PM

ASH has held the official Cherry Springs Star Party eight times. Three of them were in May, one taking place at mid-month and the others at the end of May. There has never been one in April. In years prior to 2005, there were a number of casual, "no frills" meets at the park that were promoted by ASH.

We also got complaints when the star party was held in May. Temperatures can drop well below freezing at the park in May. The issue of schools still being in session was another factor. Yet another was having the star party fall during the Memorial Day weekend.

I'd personally rather have the star party in July rather than June but people say it gets too hot in July for tent camping under the Sun.

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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: The Ardent]
      #5653470 - 01/31/13 12:29 AM

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I want to go, but June has very late sunsets and early sunrises.




That is the bummer part of the Cherry Springs Star Party. I agree with George though. I've had some of the best social observing I've ever experienced at CSSP. Last year we netted three nights of observing, and it was very comfortable. It is a good time to learn new objects, and strike up some amazing conversations.

I've never been there in the mid-May time frame, but like both Dave and George pointed out. That place can get really cold there. I think it hit 45F one of the nights this last year even in June.

Either way - it's really good times, and I highly recommend going!


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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: kreegan99]
      #5661357 - 02/04/13 09:31 AM

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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!


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Chuck Jennings
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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: t.r.]
      #5664774 - 02/06/13 08:10 AM

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

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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: t.r.]
      #5665600 - 02/06/13 04:22 PM

Quote:

Quote:

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!



At least the snow melts at 45°F.


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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: star drop]
      #5761307 - 03/27/13 09:04 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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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: ischua]
      #5762409 - 03/28/13 01:31 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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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: ssmith8292]
      #5762587 - 03/28/13 03:23 PM

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

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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: DeanS]
      #5764507 - 03/29/13 12:12 PM

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

http://www.cherrysprings.org/

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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: ssmith8292]
      #5764667 - 03/29/13 01:20 PM

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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.


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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: 7lx200gps]
      #5847629 - 05/08/13 12:03 PM

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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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: Gary Honis]
      #5847844 - 05/08/13 02:02 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,
John


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Gary Honis
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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: John Vogt]
      #5848169 - 05/08/13 04:41 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

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.com/watch?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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George N
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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: Gary Honis]
      #5848269 - 05/08/13 05:27 PM

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.....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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George N
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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: George N]
      #5848271 - 05/08/13 05:28 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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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: George N]
      #5848503 - 05/08/13 07:16 PM

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

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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: George N]
      #5848887 - 05/08/13 10:20 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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