Pilot Mountain Public Observation Saturday November 7th

Update 11/13:

We are a resounding GO for tomorrow night’s Pilot Mountain State Park observation. The weather seems to be cooperating this time, all but being a little cold. The forecast is clear and in/around town has the temperature being in the mid 40’s but keep in mind the elevation difference. It will most likely be in the mid to upper 30’s atop Pilot. Please dress accordingly.

Solar observing will begin around 2-3 pm til sunset which is at 5:15pm and astronomical observing will ensue as soon as it is dark enough. We will remain set up for observations until 9:30-9:45pm. The park gate will be closing at 10pm.

Come on out and let us share with you the wonders of the night sky.


Update 11/6

The Pilot Mountain State Park observation for November 7th has been postponed due to adverse weather. It has been rescheduled for November 14th. Hopefully we’ll have better conditions then. 


The Forsyth Astronomical Society will be hosting a dark sky public observation in the upper parking area of the Pilot Mountain State Park on Saturday November 7th. This venue is much darker than our typical locations for public observations. This means we can hopefully show you fainter deep sky objects such as galaxies and nebulae as well as planets and star clusters. The event will occur between the hours of 5-9:45pm with the possibility of solar observing happening in the hours before sunset. Make sure to dress the accordingly, keeping in mind the cooling weather and the increased altitude. This is a weather dependent event. A final weather call will be made on Friday November 6th. This post will be updated to reflect that call and also posted to the club’s Facebook page. There is a scheduled rain date of November 14th in the event of a cancellation on the 7th.
Hope to see you there.

All eyes on Jupiter

Dark Sky Observation Sites

The FAS September 2014 meeting had a talk on the Dark Sky Observation Sites that club members have used. It was determined that the club website should also contain the information presented. Also other members provided other locations and information.

Observing Locations – Notes from the presentation


The sites covered were:

LocationLatitudeLongitudeAltitude (meters)
Doughton Park Picnic AreaN36 25' 18.3262"W81 10' 58.9145" 1112
Stone Mountain CampgroundN36 22' 59.5146"W81 01' 16.9792"579
Rocky Knob(1st parking lot) N36 48' 36.9038" W80 21' 00.355"980
Rocky Knob "The Saddle" N36 49' 23.3774"W80 20' 30.6726"1030
Pilot Mountain State Park N36 20' 25.312" W80 28' 48.3597"677
Whitetop N36 38' 14.1366" W81 36' 27.22" 1658
Sheet's Gap Overlook MP 252 N36 21' 50.7012" W81 18' 14.3207"1018
The Lump (up on top) N36 16' 28.1391" W81 22' 46.3868"1078
Blue Ridge Music Center
Groundhog Mt

Other Information –

Check out this on the Charlotte Exclusive Website – Dark Skies: The Best Places in the Carolinas to See Stars

Anyone that has another site or additional information about the above sites let me know and I will add them to the website.