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#1 Jason H.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:32 PM

Although probably only one of these is still open to the public
Feb. 2, 2013 Harmony Dark Sky Festival - FREE -Thousands of people come to participate, including amateurs with telescopes for the public to view through.

we also have going on this week:

Feb 4-8, 2013 - Cedar Key Star Party 2013

Feb. 4-10, 2013 Winter Star Party of Southern Cross Astronomical Society PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY

Feb 6, 2013 Stargazing Hayride Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, during the mid-point of Cedar Key Star Party, Wednesday, February 6, 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Enjoy a ranger and astronomer guided hayride through Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve for a nighttime glimpse of this natural area, including binocular stargazing and interpretation. There will be two hayrides, one at 6:45 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m. Reservations are required and space is limited. This event is free. The hayrides will depart from the Cedar Key Scrub picnic area on SR 24, five miles east of Cedar Key. This event may be rescheduled for Thursday, February 7 in case of inclement weather.

Feb 6-10, 2013 The Orange Blossom Special XIX International Star Party (OBS) hosted by the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club, open to members and non-members, register by Jan. 9. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY.


I'll be at Harmony Dark Sky Festival tonight doing outreach.

Clear skies and good seeing! Jason W. Higley

#2 Jason H.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

Brevard Astronomical Society was there.

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#3 Jason H.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

Melbourne was there too.

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#4 Jason H.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:47 PM

Another angle.

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#5 Jason H.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

I was there too :) (not affiliated with any clubs or societies), that's my white Criterion RV-8 up front and un-attended.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:49 PM

A stage that was near me. The worst thing was the temporary parking lights they set up in a distant field, those things must have been 1 jillion candle power! (really wrecking the sky pretty badly!) Otherwise I had long lines all night.

I had looked up before hand that Jupiter's GRS was coming around and would be crossing the meridian later on, so I had told some people, and they actually came back later, one guy after seeing that Jupiter's GRS was actually there was very surprised that I was telling him the truth and said so :lol:

I was very happy to see the pleasant responses and thanks, makes it worthwhile.

Jason W. Higley

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#7 fuzzystuff4ever

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:11 AM

Jason;

Nice pictures. That's my big white refractor in the background to the right of your Criterion. I heard there were between 7000 and 7500 people there. I had maybe 1-2 min. all night long when there wasn't someone looking through the scope. Only managed to get 4 objects (Jupiter, M42, NGC457 and M45), but the customers were very happy.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:13 PM

Hi Jason and Brian Icaza...

Looks like is not just a big week, but successful and attended by over 7000 peoples for this Florida Astronomy....

Great to see such major events, in the beginning of the year, with another one coming from Tucson, in one weeks time.....

REgards

James Ling






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