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South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association
The South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association was founded in 1965, with as its principal motivation to provide information and create an opportunity to participate. Ever since, its members have been bringing the universe closer to all South Floridians. From the innocent wonder of the children to the amazement of the adults, every night is another great adventure.
The SFAAA is a nonprofit organization, and has been incorporated in the State of Florida since 1966. The association presently makes its home just inside of Markham Park. at the Fox Observatory.
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.
Apart from the observatory's scopes, many of our members have scopes of their own. On a good clear night it’s possible to have as many as 15 telescopes or more setup in various places around the observatory grounds.
The observatory is open to the public every Saturday night, rain or shine. We will open at dusk(or there abouts), and generally wrap things up around midnight. Groups and individuals from the area or visiting South Florida are invited to see the Fox Observatory. Never hesitate to call and find out whats going on each Saturday night at 954-384-0442.
Anyone wishing to attend the association's monthly meeting is welcome and encouraged to do so. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at Fox Observatory starting at 7:30pm. Anyone wishing to join the club can do so at one of the monthly meetings, during a visit to the observatory on Saturday nights, or you can even join online.
New members can join for only $20.00.
As a paid Member your activities can include: learning to use a telescope, video and slide shows, star parties, astronomy day, CCD imaging, observatory operations and special projects. Observatory certified members may open and operate the observatory on days when the observatory is not open to the public. Members wishing to be certified to open and operate the observatory and its equipment should apply to the program director for observatory certification.