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Coming this Oct 15th - 22nd, 2017, one of the best star parties in the country is coming to the Chiefland Astronomy Village on the Billy Dodd Memorial Field in Chiefland, Florida.

The best part is, there is no charge to attend but you will need to apply for your attendance ticket by filling out the CAV Waiver Doc. and sending it back to

Note: You can get the CAV Waiver Doc by directly clicking on the enclosed e-mail address: jonesey404@gmail.com and requesting the document or you can download the document directly from the CAV registration page and e-mail it back to: jonesey404@gmail.com

For those who have never been to the Chiefland Star Party’s in northern Florida, get ready for some of the finest observing and imaging in the USA. Our great weather, super dark skies, on-site food vendor and fantastic line-up of great speakers, all add to what we call the Chiefland Experience. We are located on the west coast of Florida, due west from Gainesville and north of Crystal River. We enjoy moderate temperatures, hardly any mosquitoes, and plenty of creature comforts. Our observing field in Chiefland boasts a wonderful array of amenities. First and foremost, it is dark. The private 5+ acre field has showers, a clubhouse, restrooms, a picnic area, and much more. The ground is flat providing easy setup of equipment, tents, and RVs. We also are blessed with 360 degrees of unblocked horizon. On top of that, we have the distinction of being virtually insect free. That's right, you may be "bugged" by a few mosquitoes in season, but not much else can be found the rest of the year. Fall nights are generally cool to cold and clear with daytime highs typically in the 70's and lows in the 60‘s.

Chiefland Astronomy Village also has a Spring Picnic in 2018. Visit this web site for more information about the Spring Picnic. Date to be announced.

Our mission statement: To engage in, and promote star parties and picnics in the Chiefland Astronomy Village, as well as offering the amateur astronomy community an unequalled place to image and observe.

We believe we have an unparalleled location for amateur astronomers of all skill levels and would love to have you come and join us..