Welcome


You have entered the website of the Chiefland Star Party Group -- the hosts of the Fall Star Party.  Our mission: To engage in, and promote star parties in Chiefland Florida, as well as offering the amateur astronomy community an unequalled place to observe.  Each year we will present the CSPG Weekend Spring Star Party & Picnic and the CSPG Fall Star Party. The field used for the star parties is open to members and guests on all new moon weekends.  Check the Events / New Moons page for more details on field usage, membership, and the annual events!

Our observing field in Chiefland boasts a wonderful array of amenities. First and foremost, it is dark. The private 20+ acre field is completely wired for power, having over 40 RV hookups and 2 dump stations, showers, a large, 1,800 sqft, air-conditioned clubhouse, restrooms, on field Wi-Fi, a picnic area, and much more.  The ground is relatively flat providing easy setup of equipment, tents, and RVs. On top of that, it has 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. Summers on the other hand are full of hot, 90 degree days and warm, comfortable nights. And yes, there is the occasional thunderstorm, so come prepared!.

We welcome you to pay us a visit at your earliest convenience.  We ask that all that visit join as members for a $30 annual fee to help with the costs of updating and maintaining the facilities. We believe we have an unparalled site for amatuer astronomers.  The Chiefland Astronomy Village, CSPG Star Parties, and several private observatories have been featured in Sky & Telescope Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, and Amateur Astronomy Magazine.

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One of the great things about CSPG, is the company and equipment you keep.  On a typical new moon weekend, you will find over fifty friendly astronomers from beginner to expert, observers to imagers.  Additionally there are a number or resident and permanent installations around the field that typically are available for your viewing pleasure.

Here is a sampling:
Novak 36" Alt/Az Newtonian
Novak 24" RC
Novak 32" Dobsonian
Crowley Radio Telescope
Crowley 24" Techtron
O'Neill 10" Astro-Tech RC

Check out John Novak's Observatory in the latest issue of Amateur Astronomy #63