Interpretation Sessions at Ft. Pickens and Gulfside Pavilion
Sky interpretation sessions with slides and a lecture are followed by observation through various telescopes, and are scheduled from March to early October. The August meeting will feature observation of the Perseid Meteor Shower.
changes from year to year, depending on Ft. Pickens events and the timing of
the nearest weekend to the Perseid Meteor Shower. Check Ft.
Pickens event schedules for special events and presentations on alternate
weekends by calling the Ft. Pickens Visitor Information Center (850)
934-2635. For general Gulf Islands National Park information and
interpretive program information, call (850) 934-2600.
Normal Park entrance fees apply to all activities.
Summer camp sites should be reserved well in advance if you plan to attend the June through August stargazes, approximately every other week during the summer. Reservations fill up quickly. If you plan to camp, reserve Early. Gulf Islands National Seashore takes reservations 5 months in advance. To make a reservation, call 1-800-365-2267. When asked for the first three letters of the camp for which you are reserving a camping area, type in G U L for Ft. Pickens campsites. For more information on Ft. Pickens camping (facilities, fire circles, grills, etceteras), call Ft. Pickens Campground Registration at: (850) 934-2622.
For more than 30 years, Escambia
Amateur Astronomers' Association, has, in conjunction with the Interpretation
staff at Ft. Pickens, conducted annual
stargazes during the summer months. These stargazes are preceded by a program
held at the Battery Worth
Amphitheater (see map
of Ft. Pickens--the right-hand turn is the first turn after you pass
the camp store, also on the right-hand side of the road). The program, beginning
at 8:30, consists of a slide presentation, constellation and bright star
identification, planet identification, and satellite watches. Meteor showers are
a bonus in August. Free star maps are
distributed to those in attendance.
Following the program, which lasts about 30 - 40 minutes, EAAA club members will have telescopes of varying types and sizes set up on the beach side of the Battery Worth parking lot near the rest rooms. You may stay as long as you like. Telescopes will be set on planets, double stars, nebulae, open or globular clusters, or other interesting celestial objects.
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