Calhoun StarGaze 2019 Announcement:
Come join regional Amateur Astronomers at the Calhoun County Dark Skies Park in West Virginia on Friday, October 25th thru Sunday, October 27th 2019 for an informal Starparty! (no programs or advance registration, just observing and you bring your own food and drinks) A no frills weekend. Just dark skies and good folks!
Both the campground and upstairs Red Barn sleeping spaces will be available to participants on a first-come first-served basis. The park is generally hilly, and electrical outlets are few, so please come prepared for limited electric power. (battery charging will be available at the Red Barn).
The cost of the two night camping event is only $10 per night for observing on the hillside and sleeping in the Red Barn, or $20 a night for the campground.
The park is open the entire week, so please feel free to arrive sooner than Friday. Pay onsite at the Red Barn upon arrival.
The nighttime skies at Calhoun are among the best east of the Mississippi. Regardless of season, the Milky-Way can easily be followed from one horizon to the next.
The sky from the Southwest thru Southeastern horizon is pitch dark, as you are looking straight towards the Appalachian Mountains, with little to no residential or commercial development. The park is located a little NW of the center of West Virginia, and sits on a ridge with an elevation of around 1,100-ft.
A small campground within the park provides seven campsites with water and electrical hookups at each site.
Shower and restroom facilities are located in the Red Barn/Community Building. Additionally, the upstairs of the Red Barn is available for limited sleeping bag use.
Calhoun County Park recreational areas include hiking and bike trails, a number of playground areas, a basketball court, ball diamond, fishing ponds, and abundant natural wildlife to enjoy. There’s also a ‘Historical Village’ with many period vintage buildings from the 1800’s.
The park is still in the process of building out site facilities, with ongoing work planned over the summer at the new dedicated astronomical observing field. Hopefully, the new field will be opened in time for the October Stargaze, and may include electrical power hookups. More info will be posted later this summer.
We look forward to seeing you at Calhoun in the fall!
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