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How far in advance should I purchase my Key West Fl star party ticket?

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#1 kellyvictoria

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 03:03 PM

I plan on definitely going to the Key West Florida Star Party this upcoming Feb. 2018...  

How far in advance would be prudent in purchasing an entrance ticket?

Anyone else headed there from Florida or Penna... next Feb ?



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Posted 29 May 2017 - 10:15 AM

I, too, plan on attending the WSP in Feb '18. I am coming from NY State VIA rental car and like you, will be guessing as to when I should purchase my tix. Hope I guess right!

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#3 Alex McConahay

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 02:14 PM

Registration information for the Winter Star Party is at

 

http://www.scas.org/...registrati.html

 

It does not directly address 2018, but you should be able to use the contact info there to make your query.

 

I would suggest you follow their guidance, but get your registration in as soon as registration actually opens.

 

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 03:31 PM

Do not miss having a few beverages at Capt. Tony's & The Smokin" Tuna Saloon! Oh to visit Key West againsmirk.gif


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Posted 29 May 2017 - 03:32 PM

Do not miss having a few beverages at Capt. Tony's & The Smokin" Tuna Saloon! Oh to visit Key West againsmirk.gif

I'm all over it! :^D   STARKID2U


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#6 Starkid2u

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 03:36 PM

Registration information for the Winter Star Party is at

 

http://www.scas.org/...registrati.html

 

It does not directly address 2018, but you should be able to use the contact info there to make your query.

 

I would suggest you follow their guidance, but get your registration in as soon as registration actually opens.

 

Alex

I suspect it won't be for a little while yet, but oh, I'm watching. Very closely, I'm watching.... ;^)


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Posted 29 May 2017 - 10:38 PM

By the way, we are talking about the "Winter Star Party" here, right? I mean the thread title is "Key West" star party........The Winter Star Party is not at Key West, but another key some 45 minutes east of Key West.

 

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 12:38 AM

By the way, we are talking about the "Winter Star Party" here, right? I mean the thread title is "Key West" star party........The Winter Star Party is not at Key West, but another key some 45 minutes east of Key West.

 

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Well, I'm talking about the WSP for sure. I'm pretty sure she is, too.


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 12:40 AM

kellyvictoria, see you there! STARKID2U


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Posted 27 July 2017 - 05:44 PM

I know I will regret this but:  What a joke: it is end of July and most decent hotels/motels are booked for outrageous prices... and keep in mind I live in Florida... have been online all day trying to book something decent, I was even willing to spend upwards of $900 for 3 nights, and have come to conclusion I might just skip this event...  and to top it off the hosting astronomy club advises that you wait for their confirmation before you book a hotel/motel... I have e-mailed, called to no avail.. they just don't respond... I give up... 



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 03:05 PM

Is camping onsite out of the question for you?

 

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 03:15 PM

I am thinking about it to tell the truth...

 

Towards the end of this upcoming week I am intending to drive down w/my two small mutts to take a look. 


Edited by kellyvictoria, 29 July 2017 - 03:20 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:36 AM

..........

 

I would suggest you follow their guidance, but get your registration in as soon as registration actually opens.

 

Alex

 

 

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Edited by edwincjones, 07 August 2017 - 06:44 AM.


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:41 AM

 

..........

 

I would suggest you follow their guidance, but get your registration in as soon as registration actually opens.

 

Alex

 

 

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but

 

fighting the crowds, standing in line, competing for tickets and lodging no longer appeals to me.

I would much rather go off season, find an isolated and dark safe area to set up optics.

 

Do any of the local astro clubs have less stressful star parties in the area?

 

edj


Edited by edwincjones, 07 August 2017 - 06:44 AM.


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 06:04 PM

Hmmmm. I see your problem, KV. I had no idea it would be THAT bad to book a hotel/motel room THIS far in advance. I myself am coming down with a tent. Based on what I've seen, this is the only sure way to get in on the action there. There is also the matter of getting in at the RIGHT TIME once you DO get there. I'm praying for a little devine guidance and a little sleep before I get down there. It's gonna be tricky, in any event. But it's a "bucket list" item for me so I'm gonna make every effort to pull it off. If you get in a real jam but you really want to go, my tent is an 8 man and comes with a divider. You could take the other half if you want it. Just have to make advance arrangements later on (Dec/Jan kind of thing) offsite to co-ordinate meeting there. It's not the greatest idea in the world but it's something if you really want to go....

 

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 06:21 PM

Starkid2u

Well my better half thinks it is probably not a good idea as we have our two sons and their families headed down with us. They will be filming as it is a business trip also for them... 

thank you for the offer though... .



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:40 AM

The Winter Star Party is very popular and attendance is always to capacity. Therefore I would register early and not at the last minute if you want to attend.

 

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 05:00 PM

I get most of what you wrote, but "competing for tickets?" In recent years I've known folks who got tickets not long before the event, and have never met anyone who claimed the registration had not been accepted.

 

Waiting in line is optional too. While you might not get a favored spot, driving in in the early afternoon, after the line is gone, you'll find many spots available. It's simply not as crowded as it used to be, and quite a few folks come later in the week.

 

Clear skies, Alan

 

 

 

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I would suggest you follow their guidance, but get your registration in as soon as registration actually opens.

 

Alex

 

 

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but

 

fighting the crowds, standing in line, competing for tickets and lodging no longer appeals to me.

I would much rather go off season, find an isolated and dark safe area to set up optics.

 

Do any of the local astro clubs have less stressful star parties in the area?

 

edj

 



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 05:14 PM

Well as I sit here waiting for Irma tonight somehow I'm not worried about it any longer...



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 05:32 PM

An addendum to my previous post, we will be visiting Key West again in April! To everyone riding out the hurricane stay safe, stay dry and God bless. Looking forward to arriving at the end of the road in a few months. Long live the Conch Republic! whee.gif


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 06:18 PM

I posted this earlier today in another forum thread on the WSP.  Cudjoe Key is about 12 miles west of Camp Wesumkee.  The camp probably spent a long time in the eyewall.  I hate to think what Irma may have done to the camp.  frown.gif

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 06:08 AM

was not the star party cancelled a few years ago due to hurricane damage?

I would think, with all the damage, that the camp would be low priority.

 

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 12:52 PM

was not the star party cancelled a few years ago due to hurricane damage?

I would think, with all the damage, that the camp would be low priority.

 

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The 1999 WSP was canceled due to damage down to Camp Wesumkee by Hurricane Georges in September, 1998, so it was quite a while ago. The star party resumed in 2000, but the site was a bit rough for a few years, with lots of sand and little shielding from the car noise and lights on Route 1. The camp has been very nicely recovered for some time, and it's a shame to have this setback.

 

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:18 AM

Latest info on WSP from their Facebook page.....

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 02:06 PM

If you go to the WSP website, they have selected Chiefland Astronomy Village in Chiefland, Florida as the site of the 2018 star party. The Girl Scout camp in the Keys was just too damaged during Hurricane Irma to get up and running so quickly.


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