North-South Lake in New York is the biggest and most popular state campground in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering extraordinary scenic beauty and historical sites. The campground is located about two thirds of the way from New York City to Albany, and is available by reservation via the ReserveAmerica website (https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/). The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York (AAA, https://www.aaa.org/) holds regular dark-sky sessions for its members near each new moon, usually Saturday, from April through October. AAA members bring telescopes and share their expertise. A friend of EarthSky provided the following comments: “Dark sky! Level ground for setup. Clear Milky Way, many meteors, occasional fireballs, comsats and the International Space Station (ISS). Lodging in local towns, or park camping, if you plan to say over.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.