About The Society
From Steve Walters. October 7, 2015
Trying to address problems with non Astronomers at Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania, which has been designated as a dark sky site.
“I’m a member of a group that is meeting with PA’s DNCR to try and correct problems at Cherry Springs State Park. Among them, there are no official rules for the park so we have drafted some.
Here’s a link for a petition to support the rules we are advocating. The rules themselves are also there to review.
Please sign the Petitions to help insure the rules for use at Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvanian’s Dark Sky Observing Park, preserves the dark site environment on the observing field when is use.
There have been too many violations of the Dark Site conditions by non astronomy minded campers, that take advantage to camping at the time without paying or abiding by the rules by those that use the park to observe and image the dark night skies at Cherry Springs State Park.
The Lackawanna Astronomical Society holds many free events throughout the region. We work closely with local State Parks and other organizations to generate interest in Amateur Astronomy in Northeast, PA. We also offer many public events from Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory located in Fleetville, Pa.
Many club members act as volunteers and assistants at the Public Nights, Open House evenings, and Lecture Series given by Keystone College which owns and operates the observatory.
Along with our public nights at the observatory, one of your best opportunities for observing during the summer months are our free star parties at Promised Land, Lackawanna and Frances Slocum State Parks. The programs include a slide show and observing of the moon, stars, and planets through club members’ telescopes whenever possible. Feel free to bring your own telescope if you have one. Don’t worry if you don’t.
Another event the Society takes part in each year is known as ASTRONOMY DAY . Displays, programs, and information on astronomy and current astronomical events are conveyed at the public event. Viewing of the night sky with binoculars and telescopes of different types is also done if weather conditions permit. All public events are free and all ages.
For it’s members, the Club holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. The meetings are usually held at the observatory located in Fleetville, Pa. During these meeting members of the Society can make use of the telescopes owned by the Society and the instruments owned by Keystone College.
Club Night at Keystone Observatory is held the Saturday night after the regular meeting. This is an activity where members may use the telescopes at the observatory or their own instruments at the observatory’s dark sky location. Nights of special activities occurring in the night sky are also sponsored by the Society. These can include public viewing of meteor showers, comets, lunar eclipses, or other events.
In the case of a public sponsored event, information is made available to the local newspapers and broadcast media.
We hope to see you soon.