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Dark-Sky Sites:

New Hampshire




Town: Pittsburg

Observing site: Lake Francis State Park

Address: 439 River Road, Pittsburg, NH

Zip Code: 03592

Contact: Park Office

Telephone number: 603-638-6707, 603-538-6965

Web site:

Restrictions:  Nominal Park entrance fee

Directions:  5 miles north of Pittsburg, NH off of US Route 3   Google Map

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How are the sky conditions?  This is a treed area in the great north woods of NH, just south of the Canadian border and the International Dark Sky Preserve.

Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:
     At the zenith: 6.5
     East: 6.5
     West: 6
     North: 6.5
     South: 6

Best horizon:  North over the lake at 15 degrees

Worst horizon:  South, cut off by trees at 26 degrees

Comments from contributor:  This a site in the midst of a popular recreational area of NH. It is near the Connecticut lakes and there are numerous first class lodging opportunities. Just over the Canadian border, there is the Mt. Megantic Observatory, a major observatory managed by a consortium of Canadian universities.

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