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Please join us for our annual international star party. For twenty-four years the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club has hosted The Orange Blossom Special for all those who enjoy getting together to socialize and learn about the night sky, new astronomical equipment, and techniques.
This year, the annual event will again take advantage of the many amenities of Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City, Florida. The park offers a 30+ acre activity field for camping and viewing with electric and water hookups. An RV Camping area is located just off the field, complete with a sparkling-clean bathhouse. There is plenty of room to roam on a 1.7 mile paved multi-purpose trail, 13 miles of hiking trails, a 40 foot observation tower, 3 wooden boardwalks, 2 playground areas for the kids, and river access for canoeing. Fishing is permitted by boat or along the riverbank. Click here to visit their website.
The agenda for the star party, along with deep sky and solar system observing, includes lectures, mirror grinding demonstrations, our ever popular telescope tour, a group nature hike, a guided bike ride, two Hee-Haw Hayrides, great door prizes and much more. We will have an on-site food vendor for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Astronomy equipment vendors will be there, and don't forget to bring your astronomy stuff to sell and your wallets to buy at the Swap Meet on Saturday.
The Registration fees are: $65 for a single adult, $100 for a couple, $35 for a third adult camping with you, and $10 for each child, age seven to seventeen. Children six and under are free. The fees are reduced by 50% for a "One Day Only" registration.
You must preregister to attend as we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. Advanced Registration ends January 07, 2018. A late fee of $20 per adult will apply from January 08, 2018 until close of registration on January 31, 2018.
You will want to register early as campsites are assigned as we receive registrations, and campsites with electric and/or water are limited.
Enter your email address and click Register Now to register for this year's OBS.
Orange Blossom Special News
No food vendor this year. We have not been able to find a willing food vendor this year. You will need to come prepared to provide all of you own meals.
OBS is going paperless. This means we won't be printing the Menu, Activity Schedule, and Information Sheet, as they will be available online. We have made the pages smart-phone friendly so you can view them on your iPhone or Android device. Be sure to save the link on your smart-phone.
We are encouraging all adult attendees to purchase this years OBS T-Shirt, and wear them to the Wrap-Up. We will have a special door prize for those wearing their OBS T-Shirt.
Become a Sponsor
Our sponsors receive recognition on our website and in the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club's monthly Examiner. Please contact Wally Vazquez to get started.
Saint Petersburg Astronomy Club, Inc.
The St. Petersburg Astronomy Club is the premier Astronomy Club in the Tampa Bay Area and maybe all of Florida. We have hosted this annual star party for the past 24 years. We are proud of our event, and try to make each year even better than the last. Our annual star party is open to all those who are interested in the night sky. You do not have to be a member to join in on the party. If you are interested in joining, please visit our club's website at www.StPeteAstronomyClub.org and click on Membership.
We publish a newsletter, The SPAC Examiner, each month. Please click here to view the current edition.
Directions to Withlacoochee River Park
Monthly New Moon Viewing
In addition to our annual star party, you will find many of our members take advantage of our dark-sky site every month. From October through March, we may have 25 members or more show up. The attendance wanes during the warmer months.