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2009 Cherry Springs Star Party

Thursday 6/19/09

Starting out Thursday very early morning, George, Art and I met at a parking lot to move forth into the potential stargazing heavens in Cherry Springs State Park near Coudersport, PA.  When we met in the morning, it was raining in Johnson City, and we hoped we would not see the same weather when we arrived at our destination three hours away.  The forecast was not looking good.

The long haul went off without a hitch, and we made it to Cherry Springs without any problems. It rained the whole way there, but when we showed up at Cherry Springs, it let up suddenly.  After we selected our camping spot, it was time to set up base camp.  Luckily, we were able to get the central easy up canopy tent up before the rain started to drizzle again (thanks so much to George for purchasing this perfect structure).  We then started to stand up each other’s individual sleeping tents.  Before we knew we were settled in.

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2009 Kopernik Winter Star Party

On a cold and brisk January day in Vestal, NY, the skies uncharacteristically clear for January, and a group of ametuer astronomers couldn’t think of anything better to do than hold a star party.  The temperatures reached 0 degrees by the time all was said and done, but that didn’t scare off astronomy enthusiasts nor the curious public.

I manned the C-14 dome, which houses a Celestron C-14 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope  mounted on a Celestron CGE mount.  A great piece of equipment.  The C-14 is a vintage Celestron scope from around the mid 1980’s and has superb optics.  We just recently renovated the dome by installing a new CGE mount donated by my good friend Erik.  I brought my high end eye piece collection to support the event since it was such a beautiful day and night.

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