Get more out of your own telescope! Dust it off and bring it out for a night under the stars.
Find out what to look for when purchasing a telescope or accessories and try out a park telescope!
Please note, this program is designed for advance learning and actual operation of telescopes. We recommend ages 10 and up.
Preregistration is required. The $5 per person fee can be paid at the event by check or cash with exact change Sorry, no group rates on this event – designed to be limited in group size to maximize what you will get out of it!
Friday, June 23 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cherry Springs State Park
4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915
From the Parks web Site –
Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago. Night sky enthusiasts flock to the park for its dark skies which are famous for great views of the Milky Way, planets, and hard-to-see astronomical objects and phenomena. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees originally found in the area, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehannock Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.
A combination of attributes makes Cherry Springs ideal for stargazing and astronomy.
- The field is at the top of a 2,300-foot high mountain. The surrounding state forest is relatively undeveloped and nearby communities are in valleys, shielding any light that might affect the park.
- The location of the park, 41.6501 degrees north, 77.8164 degrees west, offers a great view of the nucleus of the Milky Way Galaxy.
- The Astronomy Field offers an excellent 360 degree view of the night sky.
- All lighting in the park is shielded and all white light has been converted to red
- Stargazing and Astronomy: Due to its exceptionally dark skies, Cherry Springs State Park is popular with stargazers and astronomers. Casual stargazers can visit the Night Sky Viewing area. Those wishing for a longer experience can stay overnight on the Astronomy Field.