Chiefland Astronomy Village

"One of the last dark sky observing sites in Florida."
CAV Observing Field Chiefland Astronomy Village offers dark skies for observing and astro photography. The village provides RV, Tent camping and electric hookups. CAV is located on five acres of land just seven miles south of Chiefland and is open to members only. For more information about membership and the 2017 Chiefland Astrofest see the Chiefland Astronomy Village website.

When your not stargazing you might be interested in hiking or canoeing in the nearby Manatee Springs state park. CAV Observing Field For Hotel and B&B information see the lodging section. During the new moon observing sessions your likely to find many different types of telescopes in use.

In addition to the main observing field, some members have purchased land and have built observatories nearby. Stop by for new moon observing and bring your telescope or binocluars. Check the clear sky calendar for an update on our dark sky conditions.
Fall Star Party
Chiefland Observing Calendar - 2017
CAV Calendar Dates Special Events Average Temps
January 28th - 29th   64.6 F - 39.4 F
February 25th - 26th 67.3 F - 42.1 F
March 25th - 26th   73.9 F - 48.2 F
April 22nd - 23rd & 29th - 30th 79.9 F - 53.6 F
May 27th - 28th 86.0 F - 59.9 F
June 24rd - 25th 89.8 F - 66.9 F
July 22nd - 23rd 90.1 F - 69.8 F
August 19th - 20th 90.0 F - 70.0 F
September 16th - 17th & 23th - 24th 88.0 F - 67.5 F
October 15th - 22nd Fall Star Party 81.9 F - 56.7 F
November 18th - 19th 74.3 F - 48.2 F
December 16th - 17th 67.6 F - 41.5 F