Dear Winter Star Party Participants and Volunteers,
The 2018 Winter Star Party will be held at Chiefland Astronomy Village February 12th through February 18th 2018. Please go to www.scas.org to register for your tickets and pre-order your official Winter Star Party merchandise.
Winter Star Party Director Mr. Tim Khan has decided to open WSP 2018 on Sunday February 11th. This is great news because people have often asked for an extra day that we couldn't provide with our contract with the girl-scout camp. So, gear up and line up for us to open the gate at noon on Sunday February 11th.
As most of you know, Mickies Kitchen is unable to be our food vendor for the 2018 WSP due to a medical issue. We wish them well and hope to see them for the 2019, 35 year
WSP anniversary celebration. We have Kickin' Caribbean to fill in this year and below is the menu they have planned for us. We welcome Carrie and crew from Kickin'
Caribbean, they will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as serving whatever you need to keep you going all night.
Pricing and pre ordering for Kickin' Caribbean is now available on their website.
At this time next month we'll be enjoying the clear, crisp skies of the Chiefland Astronomy Village and scrumptious food from Kickin' Caribbean.
Remember the gate will open Sunday at noon!
Winter Star Party, Host Coordinator
A concern has been raised by WSP volunteers and CAV residents about lights affecting imaging and observing on the various fields during the Winter Star Party. Regarding those who choose to park outside and walk in or walk out to WSP after the 7 pm gate closure, please approach the Village with parking lights only and turn your vehicle around to safely park on the side of NW 52 CT. This way lights will be facing (south) away from the observing fields. Remember there will be no white lights or vehicle movement between the hours of 7 PM and 7 AM. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Walmart, Winn-Dixie grocery store, Walgreens, CVS pharmacy.
Dakota Winery - tours, wine tasting.
Manatee Springs State Park - manatees in natural habitat.
CEDAR KEY (30 miles) with Seafood restaurants, boat tours, museum.
Harn Museum of Natural History (UF) - fantastic butterfly collection!
Devil's Millhopper State Geologic Site - large sinkhole.
Levy County Quilt Museum. There's a quilting specialty store in Trenton.
Treasure Cove Restaurant and General Store - 12 miles on the way to Cedar Key on CR 347.
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
Homosassa Springs State Park
Oleno State Park
Smaller Florida towns with a little history or charm include Micanopy, High Springs, Williston, Cedar Key.
Visit web sites for the above for detailed information or ask one of the locals at CAV about them.
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.
Established in 1984, the Annual WINTER STAR PARTY is held in the Florida Keys, and hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS), Inc., of Miami, Florida.
During a new moon week each February, approximately 650 amateur astronomers from around the world travel to the warm subtropics of the Florida Keys to enjoy nightly observing in 360º of clear steady night skies, exchange information and advice on the hobby, meet SCAS members and distinguished guest speakers, shop for astronomical equipment from the finest vendors in the country, participate in photo contests & workshops, go sightseeing in the "Conch Republic", and record the awesome beauty sparkling in the southern night skies.
Register Early to Ensure Your Spot
Please contact the Winter Star Party Registrars at email@example.com or call 386-362-5995 if you have any questions about registration. The 2019 WINTER STAR PARTY Registration Notification Postcards will be sent out in early September 2018. If you need any further information about the star party itself, please contact our host coordinator, Charlie Parillo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-816-3654.Register Today!
IC443 - (c)Richard Wright
Milky Way and Moonrise Conjunction - (c)Jose Cardozo
Solar Proms1 - (c)Jim Sweeney
Angel Nebula - (c)Josh Smith
Centaurs A NGC5128 - (c)Robert King
IC-410 - (c)John O'Neill
IC405 - (c)Jonathan Talbot
Omega Centari - (c)Robert King
Orion Below the Belt - (c)Joseph Bohanon
A Shot in the Dark - (2017)Harry D. Hanbury
Cannon - - (2017)Harry D. Hanbury
Mining the Sky - (2017)Harry D. Hanbury
Night Cannon - - (2017)Harry D. Hanbury
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Orion Wide - (c)Joseph Bohanon
Moon - (c)Richard Wright
Solar Proms1 - (c)Jim Sweeney
Solar Proms4 - (c)Jim Sweeney
Sun Spots - (c)Jim Sweeney