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Cherry Springs State Park Offers Stargazing Guide and Night Photography Lessons | Outside

Potter County – Cherry Springs State Park is considered one of the best places for stargazing on the East Coast, and for residents of north-central Pennsylvania, you won’t have to travel far to experience it for yourself.

Registration is now open for two Cherry Springs State Park programs: a “Know Before You Go” virtual guide to stargazing and an in-person nightscape photography workshop.

Anyone can observe the night sky in Cherry Springs for themselves. All visitors must arrive before dark. Search Clear Sky Chart online for 48-hour forecasts of viewing conditions.

Virtual program “Know before you go stargazing in Cherry Springs”

The program is for beginners and novice stargazers to learn what to bring, how to plan a stargazing evening, and how to observe and identify night sky objects like stars, constellations, planets, man-made satellites , meteors, auroras. , and the Milky Way. Find out why Cherry Springs is a top spot for stargazing and how to get the most out of your visit.

This free virtual program is offered four times: March 24 and 31, April 22 and May 26. On all dates, the session will start at noon.

To register, visit the DCNR Events Calendar. Registrants will be emailed a link to join the program, which is best viewed on a desktop computer or larger tablet.

Nightscape Photography Workshop

During the course, participants will learn how to photograph the starry night sky, including constellations and the Milky Way. Each participant should bring their own gear, including a DSLR camera, fully charged battery, sturdy tripod, and preferably a wide-angle lens (Rokinon 14mm is a popular lens choice).

Registrants can bring a laptop with image editing software if they wish. The program is not for those who wish to photograph through a telescope. Sample photographs of the instructor are available here.

The in-person workshop will take place on Saturday, April 2 from 7:30-10 p.m. and April 30 from 8-10:30 p.m. The first 10 people to register and pay the course fee will be accepted for in-person workshops. ‘a half hour. There is a $60 fee to join.

Registration is mandatory and will close at 3:00 p.m. two days before the workshop or when it is full. To register click here.

Attendees should already be familiar with changing camera settings and have either a dim red flashlight or a red screen app on a phone. All participants are required to wear a mask or other face covering at all times during the program.

Payment by check or cash is made upon arrival at the workshop. The program may be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Questions regarding the photography workshop can be directed to Curt at [email protected]

Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915 is 12 miles from Route 6 in Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44.

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