September 27 – 29 is the date for BFSP 2019

Bill Gartner, the new BFSP chair, announced the dates for BFSP 2019 to be September 27 – 29. As usual, registration will open in the spring.


BFSP Chair retires

Joe Broniszewski who chaired the Black Forest Star Party for 15 years, has retired as chair. During his time as chair the event has undergone many changes while remaining a steady event for amateur astronomers to enjoy year after year. Joe has been chair through the amazingly clear sky events as well as the clouded out events, like 2018. Bill Gartner will be the star party chair for 2019. Thank you Joe for all the work and dedication to the Black Forest Star Party.

“It has been my pleasure to be chair of this great star party for so many years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my fellow Central Pennsylvania Observers, as well as the new folks I’d meet every year. Since 2009, my son, JJ has been my steady helper for the event as well as running the door prize drawing. Each year we looked forward to spending quality time together to help make the event a success. With him going off to college, I felt this was a good time to pass the torch off to someone new. I will still be actively involved with the star party and look forward to seeing the great folks next year.”




If you have a question about the star party, be sure to check our Rules and FAQ page before sending an email to the organizers. Thank you.

Clear Sky Clock for Cherry Springs

How clear are the skies at the home of the BFSP? Check out the for an up-to-the-minute forecast! Courtesy of Attilla Danko and the Canadian Meteorological Centre.

Updated 18 November 2018