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    Default Point Pelee Dark Sky night



    Anyone on here in Southern Ontario and going tomorrow night? I see there's no demonstrations, presentations, or whatever they set up. I'm interested in knowing if it's worth braving the cold and making the hour drive.

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    Default Re: Point Pelee Dark Sky night

    Here is the published schedule of events: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/pelee/activ/sky-ciel
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    Default Re: Point Pelee Dark Sky night

    I'd be into going if they had some activities going on and just to see a really good dark sky site but it's supposed to be pretty cold so might wait for that April 21st event.
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    Default Re: Point Pelee Dark Sky night

    I know about the schedule, I'm in the park quite a bit in the spring, summer, and fall. Great place for a hike or a bike ride.

    I live about an hour away and have decent dark skies, but I've seen pictures of the milky way taken in Point Pelee. So it's obviously darker then my night sky. As for weather, tonight is going to be colder, but I also definitely wouldn't make that drive Hamilton for a cold night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ic_1101 View Post
    I'd be into going if they had some activities going on and just to see a really good dark sky site but it's supposed to be pretty cold so might wait for that April 21st event.
    Note that the park is only open until midnight and Eastern Standard Time has been replaced with Eastern Darknight Losing Time, you will be making a pretty long drive for a pretty short night of observing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trombatissimo View Post
    Note that the park is only open until midnight and Eastern Standard Time has been replaced with Eastern Darknight Losing Time, you will be making a pretty long drive for a pretty short night of observing.
    I have a friend living in Windsor so I don't have to worry about a drive back but it's supposed to be too cold for my old bones. Maybe I'll head down there in April. Never have really been to a good dark sky site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trombatissimo View Post
    Note that the park is only open until midnight and Eastern Standard Time has been replaced with Eastern Darknight Losing Time, you will be making a pretty long drive for a pretty short night of observing.
    August 11th-13th the park will be open all night for the perseid meteor showers. I just wish they had camping or those otentopik (spelling) things set up. All we can do is hope for good weather.

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    All we can do is hope for good weather.
    Of course, that is the corollary argument for taking any opportunity to enjoy a dark site when the seeing is good. When you only get one shot a month, you might not want to count on subsequent months serving up good conditions. Us folks in the east also have to remember that good weather does not necessarily translate to good seeing and the spring through summer months usually provide the most instablity.

    Note to ic_1101: You really do have to experience a good dark site at least once, so even if you might need to go to the car a few times to warm up, if the seeing looks promising, you might want to take advantage of the longer dark span which will be 20 minutes shorter by April. You also need to remember the "April showers" poem before you count on a good night for that date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trombatissimo View Post
    Note to ic_1101: You really do have to experience a good dark site at least once, so even if you might need to go to the car a few times to warm up, if the seeing looks promising, you might want to take advantage of the longer dark span which will be 20 minutes shorter by April. You also need to remember the "April showers" poem before you count on a good night for that date.
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    I stand corrected they have the otentiks, And they're all booked for that weekend.

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