August 18, 2009 @ 12:00 am - August 23, 2009 @ 12:00 am EDT
EVENT DESCRIPTION: Astroblast 2009, the annual star party of the Oil Region Astronomical Society in Northwestern Pennsylvania will take place August 18 - 23, 2009. The event will include speakers, featuring world famous amateur astronomer Phil Harrington, and numerous other professional and amateur astronomers. Additional events include a swap meet, messier marathon, nature talks and walks, and plenty of dark sky observing.
Our skies are good for the eastern U.S., with a limiting magnitude of about 6.3 on a transparent moonless night. Showers are available within a 5 minute drive of the site with is in a rural county park. Details will be posted on our web site (www.oras.org) as the event nears, as well as registration information. Speakers and vendors are currently being arranged. Hope to see you there!
From Franklin, Pennsylvania: Take PA Route 417 north approximately 3 miles to the Y - intersection with Cherrytree Road. Veer right onto Cherrytree Road and drive about 3.5 miles. Lockwood and the observatory entrance are on your right.
From Oil City: Take PA Route 428 North 5.6 miles to Cherrytree Road. Take a left onto Cherrytree and proceed west through the park. The entrance to Lockwood and observatory will be on your left, approximately two miles past the park office.