Winter Star Party Registration
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.
Greetings Winter Star Party Guests, we have been diligently working with the Girl Scout to get site electrical back up for our arrival for next year's WSP; however, it looks increasingly unlikely that we will have site electric. Currently, the Girl Scouts have recently gone through a change of staff and that hasn't helped in getting plans permitted through the building department. So, we fell it is better that we plan on not having site electrical power available for our use. As we have done earlier this year, we will allow use of quiet type (low noise) generators, such as Honda EU 2000's and alike. We also ask, that WSP participants share the power with their friends and neighbors to reduce the number of generators used at any one time. We will have additional port-a-lets available spread out throughout the site as well as water.
We have contracted with Camp Sawyer next door to use their facilities. They have 10 separate private coed bathrooms that are available for our use through the week. Additionally, their grounds will also be available for telescopes and camping. Please note that Camp Sawyer has site electric power available; if you do not have a generator you may want to consider setting up at Camp Sawyer. We have allotted for 25 tent camping sites with parking inside Camp Sawyer, and we have allotted an additional 25 tent camping sites but without on-site parking. If you are camping on the Girl Scout side, you may setup your telescope at Camp Sawyer along the berm area, however, parking will have to either be outside or inside Camp Wesumkee. For those without a Camp Sawyer camping pass, wanting to set up their telescope at Camp Sawyer side, should obtain a temporary parking pass at registration to bring your vehicle inside.
You will be asked below to select which site you will be camping at in the registration process. Remember, only 50 total campsites will be available on Camp Sawyer. When that number is reached the selection will be grayed out.
Please note that we will not have a lineup at Camp Sawyer on Monday morning, we will simply allow entry at noon; we suggest getting in at the end of the line.
Please note that the Boy Scouts are much more strict about their rules, and smoking is not permitted on their property and you may have to walk your equipment a short distance from the parking area to your campsite or the berm area.
Big Pine United Methodist Church has once again offered Sunday overnight parking in their lot 2/16/2020. This is on a limited number of spaces and by reservation only. Please call the Big Pine United Methodist Church between the hours of 9am and 1pm to make your arrangement. 305.872.2470 ask for Jeri. These arrangements are with the church and have nothing to do with Winter Star Party.