During recent star parties the Sky Quality Meter has been it's two darkest readings at 20.87 and of 21.00. These are indeed dark skies for the Delmarva Peninsula. To get better you'll have to travel 150miles further to Almost Heaven (at 21.3) or Cherry Springs at about the same. There are some sites claiming Cherry Springs at 23+ but the darkest skies on the earth have measured around 22 (E.G. Mauna Kea at 21.45) but you can get darker readings when it's overcast at night.
Trap Pond State Park features the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees in the United States. The pond was created in the late 1700s to power the sawmill during the harvest of large cypress from the area.
Hiking trails surround the pond, providing opportunities to glimpse native animal species and many flowering plants. The Park is scenic and there are countless opportunities to take pictures.
We also provide early evening star programs (as a service to the park) to campers who may not be careful with their car and flashlights. Fortunately this does not go on very late leaving use plenty of time to observer. If you don't enjoy this camaraderie please set up in the middle of the field or further East.
Trap Pond State Park PDF map.
Observing field camping map. This is the observing field with the camping and non-vehicle areas shown.
Camping fee for the observing area (campers are encouraged to park by their telescopes)
Star Gazer Coffee continuously
Soup or chili on Thursday and Friday dinner
Fish fry on Saturday afternoon
Hot dogs will be available at minimal cost throughout the day and night
There is 110V power available for charging batteries and
other tasks at the south west end of the field
Showers and flush bathrooms are within a short walk. Showers are in Park camp grounds about a half mile away
Vehicle movement will be restricted in the observing area after dusk as a courtesy to those who are observing.
There is a large mound on one long side of the 'cultivated lawn' which
marks the North side. Setting up about 50' out from the mound anywhere
along the North side offers Polaris for alignment and give the best view
of the Southern sky. The North-West corner provides the best and longest
track of Southern objects for astro-photographers. Food and power is
available at the South-West corner.
This picture may be worth a couple of hundred words: Observing field camping map
You probably know the drill. Red lights only on the observing field after dark when observing is possible. Obviously this does not apply when overcast. Green laser pointer may be used in the early observing hours since we may have park visitors who enjoy being shown the sky.
See below for pricing. Sorry, there will be no refunds, but you can transfer your registration. For individuals that wish to camp in the Park camping area which has water and electricity contact the Delaware State Park Reservation system.
For those staying at the Park’s camp grounds, the dump fee
for your waste water is included in camping fee. It is not
included for those camping on the observing field.
Minors, i.e., anyone under 18 years old, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while they are at Star Gaze. "Family" definition is intended to be parent(s) and their children less than 18 years of age or members of the same household...i.e., husband, wife, partner.
WILL CLOSE Friday April 19, 2017
ON-LINE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE WEDNESDAY April 26, 2017 AT MIDNIGHT
WILL BE OPEN AT THE EVENT
|REGISTRATION PRICES FOR STARGAZE|
|Per person on Observing Field||$56|
|Per Family on Observing Field||$70|
|Per Person in Park camp grounds||$35|
|Per Family in Park camp grounds||$49|
|Per person on Observing Field Saturday Night Only
|Per family on Observing Field Saturday Night Only||$35|
|If you are camping on
the observing field your camping fee is included in registration.
|If you choose the Park Campground you must pay the Park to camp - the registration fee does NOT include this camping fee. This is precisely the set up we used at the Equestrian Center at Tuckahoe.|
|RV's camping on the observing field at Cypress Point may dump their waste water at the Park's facility for $7. This fee must be paid at the Park’s Camping Office.|
Follow the links below to complete the
Star Gaze XXII Star Party Registration form
Host: Lyle Jones 302-382-3764