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Introduction and Directions to the Public Star Party
in the Model Airplane Field
at Valley Forge Nation Historical Park


Star Party Introduction

At a star party, one can look through many different types and sizes of telescopes, and see astronomical wonders most people have never seen. We often look at far away galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae, as well as things closer to home such as the moon and planets.

The telescopes and equipment belong to DVAA members, who do this on their own time as a public service. This equipment is in most cases very expensive! Please use caution when moving around in the dark, and keep children supervised and close at hand.

White light is the bane of dark-adapted vision, so please leave the regular flashlights at home. Red light (as used in aircraft cockpits) is the preferred form of illumination, and you'll find many members have red LED flashlights just for this purpose.

A regular flashlight having its lens covered with at least two layers of red cellophane will generally provide acceptable red illumination that preserves night vision.

Also, you'll find after about ten to fifteen minutes, your eyes get dark-adapted, and the sky glow from the surrounding shopping areas provides more than enough light to see your way around.

When you arrive, park at the edge of the gravel/dirt road. Parking on the grass is prohibited. You will see telescopes set up out on the field.

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Next, come out to look through our scopes. Ask plenty of questions. Before touching any astronomical equipment, ask the owner where to look into if you're not sure, and how to properly focus the instrument to get the best possible view.

When you leave, please avoid shining headlights on the telescope field, which will blind everyone who's been out in the dark for a while!


The map below shows the dirt road near the point where PA 252 crosses over I76.


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Directions

  1. Go to the PA Route 23 exit off of Route 422.
  2. Follow PA 23 around park.
  3. Make a left turn at traffic light onto PA 252
  4. Follow PA 252 until you see a large open field on your right
  5. Look for a dirt/stone road on right (there will be a Star Party sign).
  6. Turn right onto this road, and follow it back until you see parked cars.
  7. Look for telescopes set up on grass. Park on dirt/stone road only.

From King of Prussia

Take US 202 south, exit at Devon onto PA 252 north. This intersection is adjacent to the Gateway Shopping Center.

Take Rt. 252 North exactly one mile. Just after you go over the PA Turnpike, look for a brown and white "Valley Forge National Historical Park" sign, then turn LEFT onto a gravel road. Follow this around to the observing field on your right.

From West Chester

Take Rt. 202 north to the Chesterbrook exit and follow Rt. 252 north (parallel to Rt. 202) until it goes left under Rt. 202. NOTE: There's no left turn at the Devon exit from northbound 202.

Take Rt. 252 North exactly one mile. Just after you go over the PA Turnpike, look for a brown and white "Valley Forge National Historical Park" sign, then turn LEFT onto a gravel road. Follow this around to the observing field on your right.

From PA Rt. 23

Take Route 23 to Route 252 SOUTH. Rt. 252 begins at this spot. There is a light at the intersection, which is located near the Western end of Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Follow Rt. 252 South for 1.7 miles (pass by a covered bridge on your right - do not go thru covered bridge). Rt. 252 South takes several turns - left at the covered bridge and right up ahead past the horse farm.

After 1.7 miles on Rt. 252 turn right onto an unpaved road just inside the VF Park border (at Southern end of park).

Look for telescopes set up on the grass. Park on the dirt/gravel road only, not on the grass.


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