Winter Star Party Registration Deadline
RISE & SHINE!
LET'S EVERYONE ATTEND WINTER STAR PARTY #33!
FEBRUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 26, 2017
SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Come to the warm, sunny Florida Keys for your complete latitude adjustment. Spend a winter vacation under dark, steady skies rubbing elbows with fellow astronomers and astro-imagers looking out over the ocean.
Prices: Registration $125 (after Dec 1st, 2016, $150) RV - $130 Fee, Camping Fee - $85 Required for all persons staying on site whether In a Tent, RV, Trailer or other vehicle. (Exception unless you rent a Chickee bunk) Chickee Bunks - $110 (limited quantities)
Whether this is your very first Winter Star Party or your 33rd, please plan to join us this coming February for a wonderful time stargazing as the gentle waves of the ocean lap at your toes. During the day, there is so much to do. The event starts at Noon on Monday, February 20, and the camp must be vacated by 10 a.m. Sunday, February 26. Accommodations are rustic at Camp Wesumkee Girl Scout Camp located on Scout Key between Marathon and Big Pine Key. We have an on-site caterer, Micki's Kitchen providing delicious meals and snacks. This year you can order and pay or the nightly meals in the merchandise section. The camp has both men and women's bathhouses and an air-conditioned room where talks are held during the day. If you prefer more amenities, there are many motels. Miami and Key West International Airports are within 1 - 3 hours driving distance from the camp. Be sure to book early, as this is the height of the season for the Keys.
The Winter Star Party "WSP" is a serious event designed for amateur astronomers. WSP is held annually, usually during the new moon in February. The event is unique in that it occurs mid-winter during the height of the Florida Keys tourist season. The warm weather, coupled with dark skies, and possibly the steadies skies in North America attracts attendees from all over the frozen United States, Canada, and Europe giving the event an international flavor. The amateur astronomical "get-to-together"allows participants to meet and share observing ideas, astro-imaging techniques, as well as find out what's new in the hobby. WSP offers a stellar daily line-up of speakers who are experts in their particular field. WSP is held under the auspices of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society of Miami. This not -for-profit organization funnels proceeds from this event toward public education projects, scholarship programs, humanitarian needs and Girl Scout Camp improvements.