Potter County Stargazing Tours operates on private property a short distance from Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania’s only Dark Sky Park. We’re located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds Region, an area internationally known to have some of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi.
Our tours offer the ultimate stargazing experience with an unobstructed 360 degree view of the night sky without any artificial light pollution. When you look up for the first time, you’ll think you can reach up and touch the Milky Way. You’ll be astonished by the amount of visible stars you’ll see during our 2 hour tour. This memorable stargazing experience will be something you, your family, and friends will always remember.
Once a night we offer a Stargazing Tour during the darkest periods each month from March to November. The open dates on our booking calendar reflect these times to book a tour, although tours may need to be canceled or rescheduled due to rain or cloud cover.
Our stargazing tour is approximately 120 minutes long with the first half of the Night Sky Tour consisting of a laser-guided tour of the constellations. Beginning in the northern area of the sky and continuing on in a complete circle, we will explore the most common constellations. Under clear skies we should easily be able to view and identify 15-20 constellations during the tour.
We provide descriptions and stories about these night sky patterns in a manner that is suitable for all ages. The second half of the program consists of viewing Deep Space Objects (DSO’s) such as planets, galaxies, nebulae, open and globular clusters. We use a telescope in combination with a video camera specifically designed for astronomical viewing. The full-color images of the Deep Space Objects will be projected in real time on video monitors.