Join us next on September 24th, 2022 at 5:30 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.

“Experience the Universe at Charlie Elliott”

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Charlie Elliott Astronomy Quarterly Potluck


Come for the food, stay for the stars! Join us on September 24th, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in 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 looking forward to the good food and the good company that these events have become known for. In addition to comfort foods like banana pudding, Mac & cheese, and barbecue, we also need help with set up and clean up. Our potlucks are only as good as we make them, so please plan to help out!  We’ll also have a drawing for few door prizes to give away, but you need to be present to win! Be sure to thank Carlos Flores for his generosity in providing the door prizes for this meeting.

Sign up for our potluck here.

Unfortunately, Google Maps may take you on quite the indirect route. To find the Campbell Aquatics Building, proceed on Marben Farm Road past the Visitors’ Center entrance on Elliott Trail. Turn right on murder Creek Church road, just before the pavement ends and follow it past the campgrounds to the Campbell Aquatics Building on your left.

Campbell Aquatics Building

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.

“Look Up!”

Following welcoming remarks by Chapter Director Steve Siedentop, Observing Supervisor Dennis Ruseski will be on hand to enlighten and inform us on what you can see and image in the night sky in the coming weeks. Dennis is an accomplished photographer and astrophotographer and is a great source of information for anyone getting started in the hobby.

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. Note that NO WHITE LIGHTS are allowed on the observing field. Red lights are readily available at department and sporting goods stores in the Atlanta area.

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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