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Stargazing
(All Photos Taken on
Property with a 8" GSO Astrograph, 12" GSO Astrograph, Ioptron CEM 6o Mount, Canon T4I DSLR)

Weekly stargazing has been indefinitely suspended as of 8/1/20, we will be announcing special events for stargazing and they will coincide with celestial events and may include sunset cruises on the Okie as well as catered diners once the starfield renovations are complete. But as always you are welcome to bring your own equipment and use the astronomy field, or just come out and wander the grounds while enjoying the beautiful views of the dark skies, no need to invest in astronomy equipment, you can use a pair of binoculars if you have them. when the starfield upgrades are finished we will begin offering monthly leases for an observatory and RV spot, they will be available for purchase in weekly, 1 month, 3 months, and 6-month blocks and will be all-inclusive. We hope to be able to begin offering this in March 2021 observatories will consist of 4 Sky Pod Sheds in the field with power. We will also be renting Dobsonian mounted Telescopes that you can use and view the planets and stars with (price to be determined) they will be set up on concrete pads and will have all the eyepieces you will need for viewing.

Our permanent combination star gazing and star party field opened 12/25/18, it is a unique addition for all astronomers and has some unique features. Tent sites on the South side so you can drive up, park, stay in view of your gear and leave it set up in view. We are also planning on installing 10 full hookup RV sites on the North Side. We have a small pavilion and fire pit installed on the northwest corner.

We have brought in the first of 4 new SkyPod Observatories, these observatories will be for astronomers visiting the campground to rent so they will have a protected observing area for their own equipment. We will be installing a
roll off roof observatory to house our own equipment for our astrophotography and occasional stargazing events. The observatory will be the center hub and 4 spokes will be installed going out from it all concrete, on the end of each spoke will be the pod, halfway down each spoke will be 2 concrete pads for open setups. Once completed clubs will have a unique dark sky area to set up and view. In the near future, we will be providing Dobsonian Telescope rentals so you may gaze at your convenience from these platforms. To see more pictures taken from the Astronomy field and see what is currently happening go to our Face Book page 
https://www.facebook.com/Pastimes-Stargazing-Stays-and-Astrophotography-339182700235303
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Our Facilities

Our facilities are available for Star Parties and Outreach events (call the office to schedule your event now). As many may know we are located in one of the darkest sky areas in the Southeast ( little unnatural light pollution). With the dark skies in this beautiful part of GA, it makes it possible, for all to gaze towards the stars and dream like so many other countless generations before have done. We are a dark park so views of the stars are available from all of our park areas, and can be enjoyed from anywhere on the grounds just by looking up. We still offer Private stargazing sessions (weather permitting) the session is 1-1/2hr long and includes photos taken during the session emailed to you for remembrance, the cost is $45 per couple and only 1 couple per session, these sessions need advance notice so please call the office when making your reservation for availability.

For groups or those with their own equipment please call or email the office for your quote and availability. We are working towards our own dark sky certification and will announce it when it happens. We will be accommodating those who are new to the hobby as well as amateur and professional stargazers, if you are interested in basic Astrophotography please bring your own equipment.

On special event nights, we will also be doing special packages of stay, sunset tour of the Okefenokee, Dinner, social and viewing nights to correspond with celestial events, as well as hosting any clubs who would like to use the facility. You will be able to stay in a cabin, your RV or Tent and use the facility, enjoy the peace and quiet here and our other facilities, view the stars at night, recreate during the day as well as visit the Natural wonder the Okefenokee NWR (swamp) and all the other areas in this beautiful place.