Monthly Viewing

New Moon Weekends

A number of our club members and guests meet regularly at Withlacoochee River Park during New Moon weekends. Everyone interested in viewing the night sky is welcome to these events. The schedule is displayed on our Club Calendar.

Pleiades Orion

Mars Jupiter Saturn

You may join us for just an evening, stay overnight, or camp for the weekend. There is plenty of room for RVs and tents with 30-Amp and 20-Amp outlets, and water. An RV dump station is located at the entry/exit of the field.

The park closes at dusk, so you must arrive before then. We will have the gate-code so you may depart whenever you are ready. However, we cannot give out the gate-code to anyone who is not already inside the park.

Reservations are not necessary. Please print and display our Friends-Of-The-Park Pass on your dashboard.

No registration is required as the first club member on site registers for the group and is responsible for the collection of the camping fees. Camping fees are $10/night w/electric for club members, $15/night for non-members, or $5/night without electric for both.

There are no costs if you are not staying overnight. However, we do accept donations to help our club meet its educational goals. We are an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization so your donation may be tax deductible.

Restrooms, with showers, are located approximately 300 yards from the viewing field. The code for the restrooms is the same as the gate code and is only given out to folks that are on the viewing field and RV campground.

Rules:

  • You must arrive prior to dusk because the gates lock and your head lights will interrupt those already set up for viewing.
  • Friends-Of-The-Park Pass must be displayed on your dashboard.
  • Camp fires are not allowed on the viewing field.
  • No white lights.
  • Park facing northeast if you plan to leave during the night.

You may email Jack Fritz for more information.


Withlacoochee River Park

12449 Withlacoochee Blvd (Google Map)
Dade City, FL 33525

Directions from Tampa:

From Tampa take I-75 North to State Rd. 52. Take 52 East all the way through Dade City until it dead ends at the railroad station on the 301 Bypass. (Note: State Rd. 52 will make 2 right hand turns at traffic lights along the way, one after St. Leo and one when entering Dade City). Be sure to go all the way to the dead end at the old railroad station. Do not turn on 301, go all the way to the dead end. Turn left on 301 Bypass and go about ¾ mile until you see a Pizza Hut in the distance. Just before you get to the Pizza Hut, turn right on River Road, across the railroad tracks. You will see a sign saying “County Park 4.7 Miles.” It’s a very winding, paved road, take your time.

When you get to the fork in the road, you will take the road to the right (Auton Rd.). (There's a sign saying "County Park" directing you to the right) Go about 150 feet to the park entrance on the left (Withlacoochee Blvd.). Enter the park and go about ½ mile until you see a sign that says, “Big Ma's Way”, and turn right onto the field.

You can also go North on 301 from Tampa and take the bypass when you get to Dade City.


St. Petersburg Astronomy Club, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization.