Join us for our next observing night (no mtg) on Oct 30, 2021. The current gate closure time is 7 pm. After that time, a code is needed for park entry.

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Charlie Elliott Observing Only on October 30

(October 16, 2021) After an absolutely splendid presentation (with lots of humor) by Steve Siedentop on different kinds of scopes at our October 9 meeting (with some GREAT observing on the field afterwards) and with the Peach State Star Gaze running from Sunday, October 31, through the following Sunday, we’re moving our November get-together to Saturday, October 30.

And instead of a formal indoor meeting, it will be an observing session at the John Wood Astronomy Field off Elliott Trail, of course weather-permitting. so check the skies and the weather forecast before heading out.

Sunset is at 6:44 p.m. and “dark dark” is at 8:08 p.m.


From Hwy 11, follow Marben Farm Rd., then turn right onto Elliott Trail and the Astronomy Field dirt driveway will be on the right. No headlights or white flashlights allowed. Only flashlights or similar with red-light covers.

Observing on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field

A Few Items to Note…

  • Plan to treat this outing like you would a camping trip and be prepared.  Dress appropriately for the weather and the environment, bring snacks and drinks if needed, and plan to take your garbage with you.  There is a regularly serviced Porta-Potty on Jon Wood Astronomy Field available for use during the observing session.
  • The main gate on Elliott Trail closes to new entry at 7 p.m. and will automatically open at any time for exiting traffic.  If you plan to observe on Jon Wood Astronomy Field, please arrive before 7 p.m. or make arrangements with a club member for access.

Covid Requirements

IMPORTANT! Masks are optional for those that are vaccinated.  If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask and kindly observe the latest CDC guidelines regarding social distancing.

More About the Charlie Elliott Astronomy Club

Check out the Charlie Elliott Astronomy Facebook page at . There you’ll find a welcoming group of people sharing ideas and tips as well as organizing ad-hoc observing and imaging sessions on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field.

For those not familiar with the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, go to

The CEWC phone is 770-784-3059, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.


If you have an idea for a 15 to 20-minute pre-meeting presentation about something you’ve learned or a project you’re working on, contact Steve Siedentop or Ken Poshedly.

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Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights

The status of in-person meetings will be announced monthly as the COVID situation changes. Visit the “Our Calendar” tab at the top of the page for our 2020-2021 meeting, observing, and outreach schedule. Start times vary throught the year so please check back for details.

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All Charlie Elliott Astronomy events are free and open to the public and you don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings or join us on Jon Wood Astronomy Field.  However, we would encourage you to consider a yearly paid membership for less than the cost of a couple of pizzas.  Your membership dues allow us to continue our science outreach programs in area schools and youth organizations, merit badge programs with area Scout Troops, and allow us to maintain the facilities on Jon Wood Astronomy Field.  To become a member, you can fill out our Membership Form or contact an officer.  March is membership renewal month. If you are renewing your membership, no form is necessary.

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Charlie Elliott Astronomy, serving the Atlanta area and East Middle Georgia, is a chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting the public knowledge of and interest in astronomy.

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