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Deerlick Astronomy Village (DAV) – Spring Open House
April 15 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Deerlick Astronomy Village (DAV) will open its gates for visitors for our Spring Open House on Saturday,
15 April 2023 from 5~11 PM. Located in rural Taliaferro County, this premiere dark sky site takes
advantage of Taliaferro's easy access from both Atlanta and Augusta via I-20 as well as access from local
This unique village was envisioned by seven Atlanta astronomy hobbyists who were looking to establish
a permanent viewing site and escape Atlanta's growing light pollution. Since that time, Deerlick has
attracted thousands of astronomers from the eastern US and Canada and developed impressive
credentials due to the Peach State Star Gaze annual star party. DAV also has hosted numerous school,
Scout, and private groups, and become home for four full-time resident owners and 20 vacation
homeowners. The 97-acre gated community is also recognized as a Georgia FIREWISE community having
a beautiful nature trail and a fully equipped member's campground.
On 15 April, visitors will be invited to explore the DAV facility and tour a working observatory during the
daylight hours. As twilight falls, volunteer astronomers will open the heavens with an all-sky laser sky
tour and answer any questions you may have. When darkness fully descends, powerful telescopes will
reveal planets, star clusters, and constellations.
To preserve the astronomer’s dark adaptation, we request that visitors observe the dark sky protocol of
no white lights and only red lights after dark. This is a free, family friendly event. Dress warmly in layers
with close-toed shoes as the temperature drops quite a bit when the sun sets and the dew falls. Bring
binoculars, a great beginner’s observation tool, and be sure to arrive early so you'll become oriented
while it’s still light. Directions are online at www.deerlickgroup.com