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Orange Blossom Special
International Star Party

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Star Party
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Sam Scarborough Award
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Phillip Roey 2022 Raffle Scope Winner
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Telescope Walkabout with Tom Spano
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Swap Meet
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Third Generation Astroenthusiast, Chloe Fox
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Immersed In Nature
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Swap Meet
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International Dark Sky Presentation by Leeann Muszynski and Ashley Wilson
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Telescope Walkabout
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Swap Meet
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Richard Tobin w/Granddaughter Alexis
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Scope City
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Saturday Night Dinner and Social
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Bar-B-Que Dinner
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Scope City
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The Big Dobs
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Mirror Lab Demonstration
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Tadpoles and Flaming Star Nebulae in Auriga by Phillip Roey
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Thor’s Helmet by Kevin Hanley

OBS 2025
February 26 - March 02

Introduction

The St. Petersburg Astronomy Club will proudly host our 32nd Orange Blossom Special International Star Party at “Withlacoochee River Park” in Dade City, Florida.

The many amenities of Withlacoochee River Park include darker skies and a 30-acre activity field for camping and viewing. There are a limited number of electric and water hookups, so you will want to register early. The park has room to roam, a 1.7-mile paved multi-purpose trail, 13 miles of hiking trails, a 40-foot observation tower, three wooden boardwalks, two playground areas for the kids, and river access for boating in your canoe or kayak.

The Park‘s well-maintained hiking trails are also perfect for bicycle riding. There are trails along the nearby Green Swamp to explore an untouched wilderness of amazing flora and fauna. Each year at OBS we conduct a guided biking tour for those interested in experiencing this unique environment.

Fishing is permitted by boat or along the riverbank. Persons 16 years of age and older must have either a valid Florida or Non-Resident fishing license. Refer to www.myfwc.com for specifics of State fishing regulations. BTW, there’s rather good bass fishing in the Withlacoochee River.

Registration: You must be preregistered to attend. The registration fee is $30/Adult with no charge for minors accompanied by a registered adult. Camping fees are shown on the registration form.

Arrival and Departure: You are welcome to arrive as early as Monday, February 24, 2025, before the offical start of OBS. You must depart by noon on Sunday, March 02. Arrivals and departures outside of that must be arranged with the park staff. You may also need to relocate to a different site.

Registration should begin on November 05, 2024 at 08:00 and continue through March 26, 2025. Registration closes at 5:00 PM on March 26, 2025. No registration can be accepted after registration closes.

Bogus Registrations: We’ve had problems in the past with hackers and bogus registrations so you will be asked to verify your email address before registering. Club members should Sign In and avoid this step.

Accommodations: We have both RV and Tent camping sites located on the observing field. Our observing field has a limited number of electrical (18 20A sites and 24 30A sites) and water hook ups which are reserved on a first come first served basis when you register. There is virtually no limit on the number of dry camp sites we can accommodate on the field. We also reserve the park’s 15 campground sites for use during the star party event. These sites have 30A/50A and water hookups for RV camping. They are located in the wooded area next to the observing field.

For those who do not wish to camp, we have bunkhouse space available for $15/night, or you could stay at one of the close-by motels in Dade City.

Refund Policy: While all payments to the Saint Petersburg Astronomy Club are considered non-refundable donations, we may refund your payment minus $10 processing fee if the cancellation is received before 5:00 pm on March 26, 2025. No refund can be issued after that time.

Star Party Apparel: OBS apparel orders have been removed from the OBS Registration Form.

Apparel orders have closed.

Star Party Rules: We have created a short list of rules to make your experience both safe and enjoyable. Please click the button below to view prior to arrival.

Questions: Questions or concerns should be directed to Michael Partain - SpacStarParty@gmail.com.