Helga has arranged for us to be invited to meet with the Tampa Bay Strobists and the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club at their monthly Star Party in November at the Withlacoochee River Park. 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd, Dade City, FL 33525
THIS IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT – SO IF YOU WANT TO BRING YOUR FAMILY/KIDS TO THIS – THE ASTRONOMY CLUB WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO INTRODUCE THE STARS TO EVERYBODY YOUNG AND OLD.
As there are many stargazers you are only allowed to use ‘red light’ flashlights as to no to disturb others.
Tripod is a must!
YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY OVERNIGHT. But until we are ready to shoot please bring any necessary supplies (food/drinks/chair).
If you do decide to camp there – you would need to make your own arrangements if you come in an RV or otherwise need your own camping space. If you only come with a tent or otherwise small equipment please read the following directions.
From Tampa take I-75 North to State Rd. 52. Take 52 East all the way through Dade City until it dead ends at the railroad station on the 301 Bypass. (Note: State Rd. 52 will make 2 right hand turns at traffic lights along the way, one after St. Leo and one when entering Dade City). Be sure to go all the way to the dead end at the old railroad station. Do not turn on 301, go all the way to the dead end. Turn left on 301 Bypass and go about ¾ mile until you see a Pizza Hut in the distance. Just before you get to the Pizza Hut, turn right on River Road, across the railroad tracks. You will see a sign saying “County Park 4.7 Miles”. It’s a very winding, paved road, take your time. When you get to the fork in the road, you will take the road to the right (Auton Rd.). (There’s a sign saying “County Park” directing you to the right) Go about 150 feet to the park entrance on the left (Withlacoochee Blvd.). Enter the park and go about ½ mile until you see a sign that says “Big Ma’s Way”, and turn right onto the field. If you are not camping overnight, be sure to stop at the “Pay Station”. Fees are $2.00 per vehicle. You will get a card that must be displayed on your rear view mirror at all times while in the park. Failure to do so could result in a citation.
You can also go North on 301 from Tampa and take the bypass when you get to Dade City. This park closes at dusk so you will have to arrive before that time. No registration is required as the first camper on site registers for the group and is responsible for the collection of the camping fees. Fees vary by season. There are restrooms in the park, but are a distance away (Approx. 300 yards). For more information and excellent directions please visit: