The current gate closure time is 7 p.m. After that time, a code is needed for park entry (& access to the astronomy field).

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Charlie Elliott Astronomy Potluck Dinner and Observing!

4:30 p.m., March 9, 2024

Meeting Details

Come for the food, stay for the stars! Join us Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Campbell Aquatics Building for our next potluck dinner! If you’ve already been to any of our potlucks, you’re probably already looking forward to the good food and good company that these events have become known for.  Potlucks are great when everyone chips in and ours are no different. In addition to all of the good things like banana pudding, barbecue, and mac & cheese, we need help with set-up and clean-up as well.

Please click on the following link, then consider signing up to contribute:

Look Up!

Dennis Ruzeski will be on hand to give a detailed presentation on what you can expect to see in the night sky this and part of next month.  Dennis is an accomplished photographer and astrophotographer and does a great job covering interesting events and sights in the night sky.

Directions to the Aquatics Building

  1. (From Atlanta) Head east on I-20 to exit 98,
  2. Turn right at the top of the ramp to head south on Hwy 11,
  3. Continue south through Mansfield on Hwy 11,
  4. Turn left off Hwy 11 onto Marben Farm Road (entrance road to the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center),
  5. Pass Elliott Trail (on your right).
  6. Turn right slightly further up the road onto Murder Creek Church Rd,
  7. Proceed to the Aquatics Building on the left; parking is adjacent to the building.

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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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.