I instantly wanted to become part of what I was seeing, local friends setting up their telescopes and reaching out to the public. I was invited several times that night to join the Alachua Astronomy Club but decline because it was too far a drive every week and I have a family to tend to.
I often find myself outside looking through my telescope and thinking it would be nice to show someone what I am seeing or talk to someone about the mysteries of the universe. I learned that Alachua County even has their own Dark Sky Park . I Knew I wanted something like that for my community too.
As it turns out there is no astronomy club in my area. There is the Central Florida Astronomical Society but they are also about an hour and a half away. It's hard to find people in my community who are interested in the night sky. I found one person on Facebook, Terry Hancock and we decided to make a group on Facebook. That group now has 14 members and is growing everyday. We hope to soon have a star party of our own.
Several people have asked to join the group that do not have Facebook accounts so I made a place in the forum just for the Lake County Astronomy Club. You can find that link here. Right now we are very informal, a few people with the same passion who want to get together and look through each other's telescopes. Everything has to start somewhere.
Click to join the Lake County Astronomy Club group on Facebook.