OBS Star Party

February 11, through February 15, 2015

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
One Night/Day
Single adult - $27.50 Adult with Spouse - $45.00
Youth (7-17) - $ 5.00 Children under 7 - Free

Refund Policy
Cancellations received prior to January 24th will receive a full refund less $10 processing fee. No refund can be issued after that date.
Registration is now closed for 2015

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