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'Telescope star party' set at Archbold

Special to Highlands Today staff
Published:   |   Updated: December 31, 2013 at 08:29 AM

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VENUS- Did you get a telescope for Christmas, but aren't sure how to set it up?

Or has your current telescope been gathering dust because you aren't sure how to use it? Even if you don't have a cool new viewing device, come to Archbold Biological Station from 4:45 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 for a Telescope Star Party.

Archbold's amateur astronomer Kye Ewing, along with Education Coordinator Dustin Angell, will help with the basics of setting up a telescope (except computerized telescopes) and share simple information on star-gazing. Weather permitting, they will show how to identify a few easy constellations, and how to locate some "far away" targets using small telescopes or binoculars.

"There are few things in nature better than a beautiful dark sky full of planets and stars, especially with a telescope, and some new friends, on a cool Florida evening," Angell said.

The public is invited to bring their equipment. Archbold will not provide telescopes. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Archbold Biological Station is 8 miles south of Lake Placid at 123 Main Drive, Venus.

The entrance gate is 1.8 miles south of S.R. 70 on Old S.R. 8 on the west side of the road. Follow the long drive back to the visitor parking area and Learning Center.

For information, go to or call 863-465-2571 during business hours.

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