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Winter Star Party, Florida Keys
February 4 - February 10
The Winter Star Party event is one of the Top ten parties in the world which was first established in 1984. This event takes place on New moon in February, Camp Wesumkee located on Scout Key in the Lower Florida Keys. It is hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society of Miami, Florida. an annual convention of amateur astronomers where the primary activity is nighttime astronomical observation.
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. This not-for-profit organization funnel proceeds from this event toward public education projects, scholarship programs, humanitarian needs, and Girl Scout Camp improvements. During a new moon week each February, amateur astronomers from around the world travel to the warm subtropics of the Florida Keys to enjoy nightly observing in 360° 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.
Parking on the Boy Scout side will be allowed in the designated parking lot ONLY. Please note that vehicles cannot pass between the 2 properties. After 7 pm, the Boy Scout gates will be closed. If you require entry to and from the WSP, park on either the Girl Scout side or along US-1. Otherwise, equipment may be dropped off for setup, and vehicles can then be moved to the Girl Scout property.
There is a fee schedule which is given below,
Registration before December 1, $125, after December 1st $150 and camping per person will be $ 85, RV 15′ and larger $130. You can contact the Winter Star Party Registrars at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 386-362-5995.