Join us on December 17th, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. for our next public meeting & observing night. The current gate closure time is 7 p.m. After that time, a code is needed for park entry.

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Charlie Elliott Astronomy Potluck Dinner &

Observing on December 17

(November 21, 2022) — Come for the food, stay for the stars! Join us at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the Campbell Aquatics Building at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center for our quarterly potluck! If you’ve already been to one of our potlucks, you’re probably already looking forward to the good food and company that these events have become known for. In addition to comfort foods like banana pudding, mac & cheese, barbecue, and so forth, we also need help with set-up and clean-up.

Our potlucks are only as good as we make them, so please click on the link below to sign up and help out!

As for locating the meeting site, Google Maps may unfortunately take you on quite the indirect route. To find the Campbell Aquatics Building:

  1. Turn onto Marben Farm Road off Georgia Hwy 11 (just south of Mansfield),
  2. Go past Elliott Trail (on your right),
  3. Turn right just before the road pavement ends onto Murder Creek Church Road,
  4. Follow it past the campgrounds to the Campbell Aquatics Building on your left.

Click on the link below to see a map.

Campbell Aquatics Building

Besides the usual scrumptious foods and great comradery, the night’s agenda will include opening remarks and general introductions by our club director Steve Siedentop for the benefit of newcomers. Following that will be a presentation of what’s up in the sky this (and part of next) month by Observing Supervisor Dennis Ruzeski. We’re also open to those who wish to share any of their own observing experiences or questions.

Afterwards, we’ll head out to the nearby Jon Wood Astronomy Field, weather-permitting; all are invited to bring their own telescopes or binoculars or at least their interest in astronomy. Sunset on our meeting night will be at 5:29 p.m., so be sure to be on the observing field before then..

For details about Charlie Elliott Wildlife Management Area activities and directions, call the Visitor’s Center at 770-784-3059 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

About Us — The Charlie Elliott Astronomy Club is a chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization chartered by the state of Georgia in October 1963; donations of funds or items to the Charlie Elliott chapter or the AAC itself are tax-deductible. As such, our meetings and observing sessions are free and open to the public, though membership is invited.

Please return here daily for any further updates.

Observing on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field

After the meeting, we’ll make our way down to Jon Wood Astronomy Field for a night of observing and imaging, weather-permitting. Please refrain from using white lights on the observing field to preserve night vision. Red lights are readily available at department and sporting goods stores in the Atlanta area. All are invited, however, to bring their own telescopes or binoculars or at least their interest in astronomy.

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. We’re well into summer, so don’t forget the mosquito repellent!
  • The main gate on Elliott Trail closes to new entry at 7 p.m., but will automatically open for exiting traffic at all times.  Therefore, if you plan to observe on the Jon Wood Astronomy Field, please arrive before 7 p.m. or else make arrangements with a club member for access.

For more information about Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, visit

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Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights

Our monthly meetings and public observing nights are free and open to the public. 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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