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#1 kenkolen

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 08:46 PM

Florida Keys Winter Star Party 2019 is back in the Florida Keys, registration and info http://new.scas.org/winter-star-party/

 

Hoping to see you there.

 

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 09:26 PM

I'm looking forward to my first one.

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 09:35 PM

Already got my tickets and ordered a new scope.  Can’t wait!


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Posted 04 December 2018 - 10:15 PM

I'm looking forward to my first one.

John

See you there John.

 

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 01:17 AM

Everything you need to know except the dates.



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Posted 05 December 2018 - 01:18 AM

Everything you need to know except the dates.

 

February 4-10


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Posted 25 December 2018 - 02:04 PM

While the return of WSP to the Keys implies that the host Girl Scout camp is once again usable - presumably the hurricane caused some lasting impacts/alterations to the site beyond what's (at least so far) fixable.  Can someone familiar with the current state of the Girl Scout camp give us an account of what the site is now like (compared to how it was prior to the Hurricane)?  In particular, to what extent is the vegetation which at least partially screened off the impact of car lights from adjacent Hwy 1 still helpfully intact? 

 

How about vegetation on the rest of the site?  On the berm side of the site, there was always the tradeoff between the openness of the skies vs exposure to wind and partial vulnerability ot passing car lights, versus the much better vegetative screening from both on the west side, at the expense of less expansive openness to the skies?



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Posted 26 December 2018 - 05:36 PM

I was at the site in September, attached is a drone shot, I think the barrier from the street is about the same. I could only add one shot but it is about the same all the way down US1

 

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 08:32 PM

Any reports from those who attended?



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Posted 18 February 2019 - 09:01 PM

It was fantastic, six nights clear one a drizzle. 



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Posted 18 February 2019 - 09:14 PM

Really was good.  However, it was sad to see how much of the island was gone as a result of the hurricane. 



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Posted 18 February 2019 - 09:42 PM

Huh, the island is all there, moved around a bit and the trees off US1 were a bit thinner. That should grow back fuller by next year.

And the Girl Scouts are already working with a GC to run electric. Showers, we will likely be using the Boy Scouts again next year.

I go for the stars, friends and seafood. Plenty of that was available.

 

Neal

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I am hoping to make it to the Peach State Stargaze this year as well. The WSP has fired me up!


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Posted 18 February 2019 - 11:35 PM

A slice was taken out of the berm.  A section of the island beyond the building previously used for lectures was gone, too.  The vegetation will grow back.  I'm glad I set up on the beach on the west side of the camp.  The headlights from the road did not shine through there.  The bath house in the Boy Scout camp was a definite improvement over the old destroyed ones.  Hopefully, the Girl Scouts will have power in place by next time.  The loss of vegetation along the beach made for wide open observing sites.  When the clouds over the Gulf Stream finally broke I had a great view of Eta Carina.  




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