Cherry Springs State Park from the Air

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Cherry Springs State Park from the Air
Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, October 13, 2013 12:39 PM

CSSP regular Gary Honis recently posted an aerial video of the park shot from a remotely-controlled helicopter. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Vw-OGr0z_9I

Browse http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/ and http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/cherrysprings-darkskies/index.htm for information on the park.

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Posted by pastorg on Sunday, October 13, 2013 10:20 PM

Looks like a really nice place for viewing the night sky.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Monday, October 14, 2013 5:02 PM

CSSP is the best location in Pennsylvania for deep-sky observing.  The summit of Spruce Knob in West Virginia has twice the altitude and is somewhat darker but has no facilities and very limited space.  It also takes an additional two hours of driving time for me to get there.  

Unfortunately, the light pollution caused by the rampant natural gas exploitation in the Marcellus shale region has already degraded the VLM of the skies at Cherry Springs.  Even worse is the fact that most of the light pollution is in the southern sky.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBpP3uxJ3OY

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Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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