Below here is the current clear sky forecast for the campground;
We have a great Celestial event happening the nights August 11, 12, 13. the 2018 Perseid meteor shower will probably produce the greatest number of meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. In a dark, moonless sky, this annual shower often produces 50 or more meteors per hour. And this year, in 2018, there will be no moonlight to ruin the show. We will be also doing our weekly star gazing nights of the 11th, 12th and if demand calls the 13th. We suggest you bring binoculars for meteorite viewing as unless one passes directly in front of the telescope when you are viewing a planet or deep sky object it will be almost impossible to pick them up and track them with a telescope. We still have availability in one standard cabin on 11,12,13 and 12,13 in our premier cabin. Tent sites and rv sites are still available, so come out and view the meteors like you never have from the Dark Skies of the park. Our permanent combination star gazing and star party field has been started, it should be completed by Dec-18, it will be a unique addition for all astronomers and will have some unique features, more details to come once it opens. As of now there is only a 20% on Fri,, 25% on Sat and 25% on Sun chances of rain. We will update as we get closer and the weather service refines the forecast. Hope to see you all here for this spectacular event, if you can’t make this one, keep your eyes open for other updates to follow on the next special events, or just come out on a Fri or Sat night for our normal stargazing.
Pastimes is excited to announce a new weekly event for our Guests. As many may know we are located in one of the darkest sky areas in the Southeast (no or little unnatural light pollution), we have decided that we would love to share one of the age old hobbies and offer an introduction to star gazing every Friday and Saturday night. 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 have done. 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 star gazers. We will be supplying telescopes from Orion and be using their Dobsonian Sky Quest line 6″, 8″, 10″ 12″ (we will also be adding some smaller tracking scopes in the next few weeks), or if you have your own please feel free to bring it. With these sizes we will be able to view the moon, planets, stars and deep space objects. We have designated a temporary area while the new area is being designed and built, let me tell you it is going to be an exciting area like no one else provides with a open 360 degree view of the horizon and a permanent mount tracking scope. Gazing times will be Friday and Sat nights from 9:00 to 10:30, once the new area comes online we will address times for optimal viewing as well as if demand requires a later viewing as well (for guests) and hosted private star gazing’s. There will be a minimal charge for maintenance, repairs and equipment of $5 per person. We will also be doing special 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. We are offering private stargazing experience for $45 for a couple (weather permitting) by reservation, go to online booking tab and look for it under stargazing tab.
(photos of the Supermoon from the Campground, as you can see no light pollution)
This area of the southeastern United States is a black hole in a sea of light pollution. This is the view from the space shuttle as it orbits over the east coast of North America at night.
Look for the black area just above Jacksonville, FL. It is really dramatic when contrasted to the blackness found in a unpopulated Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
The USFWS talks about the Okefenokee having “Quality 1” type air which means it is very clean with minimal pollution. One thing we have always loved about living here at Okefenokee is the night sky that is so clear, dark and open that it closely rivals a sky you may find in the western deserts.
At Okefenokee Pastimes we are out in the countryside here on the edge of Okefenokee. We try to limit our lights and resulting light pollution with timers and on/off switches. Talk to us about our light situation when you set up your reservation or check in.
We will try to use this page to foster an interest in Astronomy and this favorable location for pursuit of some great stargazing.