It seems like it's been on every news cast every day for a while now, but it especially bears mentioning here as well: the number of confirmed "home-grown" cases of the Zika virus are on the increase here in South Florida. While we feel that there's no need for panic, it is only sensible to be fully aware of the risks and to take the utmost care to protect yourself against mosquito bites whenever you are outdoors taking in celestial events. For information on how to help protect yourself against mosquito bites here in South Florida, check out this flyer from the Florida Department of Health:
Members and the public are welcome to enjoy a Saturday night under the South Florida Stars (Note: Members must display their background check badges when attending.) The Fox Astronomical Observatory is located inside of Broward County’s Markham Park. The Observatory is open to the public Saturdays from Sunset until midnight.
Bring your Telescope with its accessories and manuals to Fox Astronomical Observatory on Saturday evenings. We’ll teach you to set up and align your telescope and how to find things to look at in the night sky.
It’s a free service of the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA), operators of Fox Astronomical Observatory at Broward County’s Markham Park.
The Fox Observatory houses many great pieces of viewing equipment. The primary observatory equipment consists of our 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain @ F/10, the amazing Brandon Refractor and several Dobsonian reflecting telescopes. A remotely controlled setup is under continual development in our small external dome and can be used to provide real time images to the public on screens inside the main observatory.