For twenty-one years the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club has hosted
The Orange Blossom Special Star Party here in the Tampa Bay Area.
This year, the annual event will again take advantages of the many
amenities of Withlacoochee River Park
in Dade City, Florida. The
park offers a 30+ acre activity field for camping and viewing with
limited electric and water hookups. An RV Camping area is located
just off of the field with full bath rooms. There is plenty of
room to roam, a 1.7 mile paved multi-purpose trail, 13 miles of
hiking trails, a 40 foot observation tower, 3 wooden boardwalks, 2
playground areas for the kids, and river access for canoeing.
Fishing is permitted by boat or along the riverbank. Persons 16
years of age and older must have a valid Florida fishing license.
The star party will begin on Wednesday, February 11th at 9:00 AM
and will end Sunday, February 15th, at noon. You must register on-
line by January 24, 2015. If not, late fees will be applied for
registrations received between January 24, 2015 and February 4,
2015. Registrations will not be accepted after February 4, 2015.
The agenda for the star party, along with deep sky and solar
observing, includes lectures, mirror grinding demonstrations, our
ever popular telescope tour, a group hike on the park trail, Hee
Haw Hayride, music jam sessions, great door prizes, great food
cooked on site, and much more.
AstroGizmos, Camera Concepts and Howie Glatter will be there to
fulfill all of your astronomy equipment needs. Astrogizmos has
generously volunteered to provide WiFi on the field for all.
Our star party is pet friendly so your best friend is welcome.
However, pets must display their current rabies tag/license and
have direct adult supervision at all times.
IMPORTANT: Please plan to arrive before 6:00 PM. Arrivals after
6:00 PM will be parked in the designated parking area until
morning. For safety reasons, driving onto or off the observing
field is NOT allowed after 6:00 PM. After set-up, you should move
your cars or trucks to the parking area as they will not be
allowed to be moved off of the observing field after 6:00 PM.
There will be no exception to this rule, not even in an emergency,
so please plan accordingly.
Directions to Withlacoochee River Park
The registration fees this year are as follows:
2 or More Nights/Days
Single adult - $55.00 Adult with Spouse - $90.00
Youth (7-17) - $10.00 Children under 7 - Free
Single adult - $27.50 Adult with Spouse - $45.00
Youth (7-17) - $ 5.00 Children under 7 - Free
Cancellations received prior to January 24th will receive a full
refund less $10 processing fee. No refund can be issued after that