Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Keys: Winter Star Party, Key West, Bahia Honda Beach

Winter Star Party
We are spending a week in the Keys at the Southern Cross Astronomical Society's Winter Star Party. We did not bring our telescope, but others have been very willing to share their viewings with us. There are amateur astronomers and also photo-astronomers, so a lot of technology and red lights at night, people staring at eye pieces, red tinted computer screens, whirring and whizzing noises as computers turn telescopes to find star clusters, galaxies, nebula off in distant space. The photos can really enhance what is seen in the eye piece, so sometimes the "smudge" you see in the eye piece looks much more exciting in the photo.

This one was the winner!

One of the astrophotography contest winners.
When the clouds roll in and it starts to rain. . .

The telescopes put on their rain jackets and patiently wait for clear skies. . .

to see this:

Key West
We went on a hop on/hop off trolley tour in Key West which gave us the historical background of the island and highlighted the architecture and points of interest.

The end or beginning of US Route 1. We can only head north from here!

The beach is gorgeous, the water refreshing and we are going back today!

The beach at Bahia Honda State Park

Fiddler Crab
Fig-like fruit

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