Nightscapes Photography Workshop
Saturday, November 26 at 4:15pm to 6:30pm
Cherry Springs State Park 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915
Meet at the Visitor Parking Lot by the Kiosk
Photograph the starry night sky with your DSLR camera & lenses you currently own.
Curt Weinhold, a PA Wilds Juried Artisan, teaches you to photograph constellations & the Milky Way. Foreground material, as trees or buildings may also add to the composition. Samples of work online: http://pbase.com/cwphoto
Some photo gear essential to this would include a digital camera which allows removable lenses (DSLR) and a tripod. Strongly recommend a fully charged camera battery and a spare battery if available and a memory card.
This is NOT for those wishing to photograph through a telescope.
Clear nights are cool so bring a jacket.
Class is approximately 2 hours in length. We may travel to two or more locations near Cherry Springs. Your personal vehicle is required for this.
The program will be cancelled in the event of rain.
Payment will be due upon arrival at the program by check or cash only.
Register by Tuesday November 22nd at 4pm. Class size is limited to only 10 seats.
Short Term Stargazing
If you would like to come out and enjoy the magnificent night sky at Cherry Springs and only wish to gaze for a few hours, you may do so at the Night Sky Viewing area located north of Rt. 44 (opposite the gated Astronomy Observation Field). Public parking lots are located here along with several information kiosks and waysides. You may follow the walkway out to the public program area where benches are located and you will be shielded from passing vehicle lights. There is also a backlit summer sky map wayside located on this pathway. Press the button at the lower side of the display to activate the red light.
Cherry Springs State Park
c/o Lyman Run State Park
454 Lyman Run Road
Galeton, PA 16922
Phone: (814) 435-5010
Map & Directions - GPS coordinates for CSSP are 41.6501 N , 77.8164 W
From East - I-80 to 180 (Williamsport), 15N to 414 (Morris) - 287 to Wellsboro- 660/362 to 362 to Rt.6. Turn west to Galeton, turn left at West St. past stop light (this is the fastest way, but bumpy..also takes you to Lyman Run if you are picking up Dome keys. Or continue on 6 up Denton Hill past Potato City Inn. Next left dirt road is Billy Lewis which will take you across to Rt. 44 just east of Patterson Park, Turn left on 44 to CSSP. Or continue again on 6 to Rt. 44 in Sweden Valley. Turn left...Continue to CSSP.
From West: I-80 to 220 to Williamsport, then same as above.
From North: NY Rt. 86 (17) to 15 S. at Painted Post going to Williamsport. Get off at Tioga Rt. 287 S. Continue to Rt. 6, turn West to Galeton to West St. to CSSP.
Sweden Valley Cabins
Coudersport Pa 16915
Call Us at 814-320-3191
Our Featured Cabins available for groups of 2 - 12.
Blue Skies Lodge with a 10 acre Star Gazing field
A Cabin By The Stream An Authentic Vintage Streamside Log Cabin
Cherry Springs Cabin - Private 3 Acre Star Gazing Field
Astronomers and stargazers appreciate Cherry Springs State Park for the darkness and clarity of its skies, which make it "perhaps the last best refuge of the natural night sky" in the eastern half of the United States. The sky at Cherry Springs has been classified as a 2 on the Bortle Dark Sky Scale, meaning it has almost no light pollution. Such "truly dark, starry skies are unavailable to two-thirds of the world’s population, including 99 percent of people in the continental U.S. and Western Europe". With optimum conditions, 10,000 stars are visible with the naked eye at the park, clouds appear only as black holes in the starry sky, and the Milky Way is so bright that it casts a discernible shadow. In contrast, big city residents can see a few dozen stars at best, and even those in rural areas can typically only see 2,000–3,000 stars. The Milky Way cannot be seen by most in the eastern US, even when there is no moonlight to obscure it.
The quality of the night skies at the park and its growing popularity for stargazing are the result of several factors. Cherry Springs is in the midst of the largely undeveloped 262,000-acre (106,000 ha) Susquehannock State Forest, and is on a summit 2,300 feet (701 m) above sea level. Because it is on the Allegheny Plateau, there are no mountain peaks to block the sky, and the Astronomy Field offers a 360 degree unobstructed view. The closest city is Williamsport, 60 miles (97 km) to the southeast. Surrounding communities sit in deep valleys, so the intervening terrain screens much of the light they produce; the park has no artificial skyglow in any direction. Cherry Springs is generally fog-free and its latitude puts it in excellent position to observe the Galactic Center of the Milky Way. The remote location also means there is little commercial air traffic to interfere with astrophotography, while PA Route 44 still offers relatively easy access to the park from Intterstate 80.
In addition to these natural factors, much has been done intentionally to make the skies at the park clear and dark and help keep them that way. Within the park, former overhead electrical lines have been buried so they do not obstruct views, all lighting is shielded, and all white lights have been converted to red, which has the least effect on night vidion and astrophotography. Light from passing vehicles is blocked by earthen berms covered with grass, or shrubbery and spruce trees; the Astronomy Field gate has a special light-blocking tarp. The park's Dark Sky Fund has paid for many of these improvements since 1999.
Since the 2006 acquisition of the Cherry Springs airport, a new Public Programming field has been established on the former airstrip. This field is northeast of PA Route 44 and is intended for educational programs or stargazing, but not for those who spend the night. Overnight observers and those with large telescopes use the Astronomy Field southwest of the highway. Nighttime visitors may only use flashlights with red filters, and may only point them at the ground. The Astronomy Field has further restrictions on lights, and parts of the park are light-free zones.
The Cabins are located just off Scenic Pa Rt 6, Just east of Coudersport Pa, the County Seat of Potter County. Located between Wellsboro Pa and Port Allegany Pa.
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Sweden Valley Cabins
Coudersport, Pa in Potter County 16915