There are a number of star parties across the southern US in late October. Chiefland Star Party, Chiefland Astronomy Village, Florida, Oct. 23 - 30, 2016 http://www.chieflandastronomy.com/starparty.html El Dorado Star Party, X-Bar Ranch Eldorado, Texas, Oct. 24 – 29, 2016 http://eldoradostarparty.org/ Deep South Star Gaze, Feliciana Retreat Center, Norwood, Louisiana, Oct. 25 – 30, 2016 http://www.stargazing.net/dsrsg/ Enchanted Skies Star Party, Magdelena, New Mexico, Oct. 26 – 29, 2016 http://www.enchantedskies.org/ My wife and I will be at the Deep South Star Gaze. This will be our 7th year and it is always enjoyable. Dark skies, good accommodations, and good people. Come on down and pass a good time, or visit one of the other venues.