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Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing on July 18, 2020

(July 6, 2020) On Saturday, July 18, and weather-permitting, the Charlie Elliott Astronomy Club will have an informal observing night on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field (which is on the right, shortly after turning onto Elliott Trail from Marben Farm Rd). We will NOT be at the Campbell Aquatics Building. This event is free.
  • While the latest official announcement from the Georgia governor’s office has lifted the 25-person limit on gatherings, we remind all attendees that the CDC’s 6-foot social distancing requirement remains in effect. Also, facemasks are strongly suggested.
  • The “official” start time is 8:45 p.m. but feel free to arrive early.
  • The Elliott Trail automatic road gate at Marben Farm Rd. closes for incoming traffic at 4:30 p.m., so be prepared to enter the gate code when you arrive. The gate opens automatically for outgoing traffic as you approach it to leave, so no gate code is required to exit. [Gate codes are issued to current members of the Atlanta Astronomy Club. Contact a CE officer or committee chair if you need help with this.]
  • Those who arrive early are invited to bring a camp chair and their own drink, sack supper, carryout food or snack and so forth so we can sit and socialize for awhile if so desired. We will not be sharing food due to COVID-19 guidelines.
  • All attendees are invited to stay for observing while maintaining the usual social distancing stipulation. Masks are strongly encouraged if you need to be closer than 6 feet.
  • According to the Sky Safari astronomy app, the 3.4% moon sets at 7:15 p.m. at our location. Sunset will be at 8:44 p.m., astronomical dusk ends at 10:22 p.m. with the Sun finally 18 degrees below horizon and “full darkness”.
  • Because this will be on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field and not indoors, we will reschedule if bad weather occurs.
    Finally, as we’ve stated previously, please don’t forget your astronomy interest during this time, but instead use this time to observe on your own or even learn some new astro-oriented skills that you can talk about at our next official meeting. Whether you venture out to the Jon Wood Astronomy Field or a location closer to home, we suggest that you consider begin working on the Astronomical League’s Lunar Observing Program (also called “Lunar I), the Urban Observing Program and the Constellation Hunter Observing Program. These are all relatively easy and can be done from various locations in the metro Atlanta area. Go to:

    Please check out our Facebook Page! 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–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 for 2020

    Meetings for the remainder of the year will be announced as new information is available. Please return here often.

    Meetings start approximately 2 hours before sunset. Meeting rooms and start times vary and occasionally meeting dates change under unusual circumstances, so please check back here for details. Public stargazing on Jon Wood Astronomy Field follows the meeting, weather permitting.

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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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