Registration is now open for the free virtual Know Before You Go Stargazing program in Cherry Springs and the in-person Nightscapes Photography Workshop.
Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, is 12 miles from Galeton and 15 miles from Coudersport. Search Clear Sky Chart online for 48-hour forecasts of viewing conditions.
Virtual program Know before you go
The free virtual Know Before You Go Stargazing at Cherry Springs program is being held at noon on four different dates: Thursday, March 24 and 31, Friday, April 22, and Thursday, May 26.
This online program is designed for beginners and novice stargazers to learn what they need to know before visiting the park, such as what to bring, plan a stargazing evening, and how to observe objects in the night sky. Find out why Cherry Springs State Park is one of the best places to stargaze and what they need to know to get the most out of their visit.
To register, visit https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park.
Those who register will receive an email with the link to join the program. This program does not take place at the park.
In-person nightscape photography workshop
The first 10 people who register and pay in advance will be accepted for the two-and-a-half-hour Nightscapes photography workshop given twice at the park by Curt Weinhold, a Pa. Wilds craftsman-juror. The workshop will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday April 2 and from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday April 30.
Learn how to photograph the starry night sky, including constellations and the Milky Way, as well as foreground material using your own DSLR camera and lenses. Essential equipment includes: DSLR camera, fully charged battery, sturdy tripod, preferred wide angle lens (Rokinon 14mm is popular and reasonably priced). A spare battery and memory card are highly recommended.
As an option, registrants can bring a laptop computer with image editing software. Workshop participants should be familiar with changing camera settings and have either a dim red flashlight or a red screen app on their phone. All participants must wear a mask/face covering at all times.
This workshop is not for those who wish to photograph through a telescope.
Payment of $60 is made by check or cash only upon arrival at the workshop. The program will be canceled in the event of rain or overcast skies. See samples of Weinhold’s work at http://pbase.com/cwphoto.
Registration is mandatory and will close at 3:00 p.m. two days before the workshop or when it is full. The direct web link to register is https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/cherry_springs_state_park. For more information, contact Weinhold at [email protected]