Cherry Springs State Park in PA

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  1. compuwar macrumors 601

    compuwar

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    Has anyone been there? What are conditions like for camping? Other than having to get a flashlight with a red lens, any tips?

    Thanks,

    Paul
     
  2. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I've never been there myself although it doesn't look like its more than a few hours away from me. (Ricketts Glen is another good spot to go in PA).

    This site may be of some use if you haven't seen it already but hopefully someone who's been there can chime in:

    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/cherrysprings.aspx
     
  3. compuwar thread starter macrumors 601

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    It's just a few hours from me too (3.5ish,) and looks well-worth the trip, even if I don't get an equatorial mount to play with first. I've read the sites and Googled, I was just hoping someone here had some first-hand experience as I'm thinking of doing a trip soon- probably mid-week to keep things easy. I've yet to do any overnight stuff at a PA park, and I'm curious about the facilities available.

    Paul
     
  4. svenhoops macrumors newbie

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    I haven't camped overnight at Cherry Springs but I have been there on multiple occasions and I can tell you that the night skies are breathtaking, especially considering that it's in the East. It looks like a nice facility but again, I can't give any first-hand camping reports.
     
  5. compuwar thread starter macrumors 601

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    Did you take any shots? What settings? How many images? What lenses? Can I do ok without a mount, or should I wait to go until I've got some sort of mount?

    Thanks,

    Paul
     
  6. Cheffy Dave, Jul 19, 2011
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  7. svenhoops macrumors newbie

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    To be honest, last time I was there was a couple years ago and I was really a photo newbie at that point. I'm going back in about two weeks and can't wait to try some of my new found skills! I will share any good shots that I can get - here's hoping for clear, moonless skies! Also hoping I don't forget my tripod like I did last time...
     
  8. Sammy Cat macrumors member

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    If you have family Cherry Springs is boring. The terrain is flat (there is an actual landing strip there). You might be better off staying just down the road, literally 5 minutes at Lyman Run as it has better facilities and a lake with a sand beach.

    Another place about 30 minutes south of Cherry Springs is Sinnemahoning State Park. There are elk in the area, and there is more scenic nature to photograph.

    Make sure you research and map out the 9 vistas of Potter Co. They all make good photo ops.

    And BTW, Cherry Springs is the darkest place in North America and is perfect for star gazing, but so is most of Potter County.


    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/sinnemahoning.aspx



    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/cherrysprings.aspx


    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/lymanrun.aspx
     
  9. compuwar thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the recommendations!

    Paul
     

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