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 Observing!

October 7 AND 14


With no regular program meeting this month, we invite all to the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Jon Wood Astronomy Field for two evenings of observing (weather-permitting) — Saturday, October 7 and 14. Sunset on October 7 will be at 7:13 p.m; sunset on October 14 will be at 7:04 p.m. The October 7 observing date falls the night before the first day of the Atlanta Astronomy Club’s week-long Peach State Star Gaze, while the October 14 observing date is for those who will not be attending that event. Details about the PSSG can be found at

Directions to the Jon Wood Field

  • Head south through Mansfield on Hwy 11,
  • Turn off Hwy 11 onto Marben Farm Road,
  • Turn right onto Elliott Trail,
  • Proceed approximately 0.2 miles, then turn right on to the dirt driveway that leads to the observing field.

Observing on 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 trash with you.
  • There is a regularly serviced Porta Potty on the field.
  • The main gate on Elliott Trail closes to new entry by vehicle at 7 p.m., but will automatically open for exiting traffic at all times. If you are not a member and plan to arrive after 7 p.m., please make arrangements with a club member for access.
  • Please refrain from using white light on the field. Red headlamps are cheap and easy to find at your favorite store. They’re even cheaper to make with a spare flashlight and red nail-polish on the lens.
  • For more information about Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, please visit the Charlie Elliott website.

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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. Our meeting, observing, and outreach schedule is updated as-needed and can be reached by clicking on the “Our Calendar” tab at the top of this page. Start times vary throughout the year so please check back frequently 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. Donations support our outreach programs, equipment expense, and educational materials.