I have never been and hope to get back east to attend in a future year. Ironically, I grew up in Pgh and never knew about this star party (or any for that matter) until after I moved west and became active in the hobby. From George's photos, it look's like the field has power poles to supply electrical power. Can someone confirm this?
Curtis (planning for CSSP in '22)
Yes the "Astronomy Field" (site of the star parties and over-night observing) does have plenty of AC power - limited to "astronomy equipment", laptops, etc - no RV charging. The free short-term area North of the road does not have any amenities other than a nice observing area. It is intended for those who just want to observe, and then leave.
The Astronomy Field also has a composting toilet, and during warm seasons - potable water, and a bathroom with heat and red lights. However, for the star parties the organizers bring in porta-potties - because the water supply for the bathroom gets overwhelmed if too many people use it.
There are some concrete telescope pads that are very nice - level, and they drain rainwater, and the gravel roads are nice.
There is a gate with light block to close at night at the entrance.
There is an "emergency contact" phone outside the little ranger station on the North side of the Road.
There's limited WiFi -- the Rangers or star party organizers know the password - but my experience is that it gets overwhelmed during star parties.
Also - for the star parties - there is usually a 'basic burgers and breakfasts' food vendor.
Basically - the Field is an ideal set-up for astronomy - especially with the red light rules, etc. The only real possible improvements I could see would be showers (not gonna happen according to the Ranger - not enough water) and a closer store, gas, and restaurant (but less important during star parties). You can get a shower at Lyman Run State Park - about a 20 to 30 minute drive.
During non-star party times - there are lights and AC power in each end of the old log CCC pavilion that imagers often sit in 'processing' during the daytime. During star parties the pavilion is used for the presentations.
Edited by George N, 25 July 2019 - 10:12 AM.