Observing site: Trap Pond State Park
Zip Code: 19956
Restrictions: There is a small cost ($5). Also if you have a tag for the Delaware sea shore state park you can get in free. The gates close to get in at 5 PM but the exit gate is left open.
Directions: Trap Pond Park is located about six miles
east-southeast of Laurel, which is at the intersection of Routes 13 and 24. To get
there from points west, take Route 24 East toward Millsboro. About eight
miles out of Laurel, you will see signs to the park, which is to the south
(right) of the road. If coming from the east, take Route 24 out of
Millsboro west toward Laurel. You should also see signs to the park, which
is about 10 miles west of Millsboro. Click
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How are the sky conditions? The sky conditions are quite good. This is probably one of the darkest public accessible sights in Delaware as probably all of the darker spots are privately owned farmland. It is clear most of the summer and warm. There might be a little haze but it's not found too often. The most transparent nights are in the fall and winter but there is lots of scintillation. Spring and Summer tell a different story with rock steady seeing.
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