Join us next on December 4, 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 Astronomy Observing on December 4

(November 10, 2021) OK, so either lots of folks are buying astronomy equipment or the Rain Gods are really angry. So how else to explain the crappy weather, including October 30, so no observing session that night.


Join us on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at the Campbell Aquatics Building for our next in-person “bring your own sack meal”, followed by observing on Jon Wood Astronomy Field, weather permitting! Sunset is at 5:26 p.m. and “dark dark” is at 6:54 p.m.


Directions: The Campbell Aquatics Building is located on Murder Creek Church Rd inside the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Take Hwy 11, then turn onto Marben Farm Rd. (the entrance to the CEWC), then turn right onto Murder Creek Church Rd. (You will pass Elliott Trail on the right.) Follow Murder Creek Church Rd. until you reach the Aquatics Building on the left.


For more details, phone 770-784-3059 BEFORE 4:30 p.m. (when the office closes).


“Heavens Above”

During the meal portion of the gathering, Observing Supervisor David Whalen will be on hand to enlighten and inform us on what you can see and image in the night sky this month.  David is an exciting and engaging speaker and always delivers an informative and light-hearted presentation that everyone will enjoy!
After the meeting, weather permitting, we will make our way down to Jon Wood Astronomy Field for observing.

Observing on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field

  • From the meeting site –Take  Murder Creek Church Rd to Marben Farm Rd, then turn left. Turn left once more onto Elliott Trail and the Jon Wood  Astronomy Field dirt driveway will be on the right. No headlights or white flashlights allowed. Only flashlights or similar with red-light covers.
  • From Hwy 11 — Turn onto Marben Farm Rd., then turn right onto Elliott Trail and the Jon Wood  Astronomy Field dirt driveway will be on the right. No headlights or white flashlights allowed. Only flashlights or similar with red-light covers.

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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