The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society

Our many goals include outreach & educating the public, as well as teaching the art and skill of observing and photographing the wonders of the night sky.

Monthly Meetings, Outreach & Field Trips

We meet the 1st Thursday of each month (7:00 P.M.) at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811 and on Zoom (check newsletter for link).

Monthly Observing Sessions

Come observe the skies with us!  We meet at the Moore Observatory (in Punta Gorda) every month as well as solar observing in the Port Charlotte area.  More Info

Star Parties & Public Outreach

SEAHAWK STAR PARTIES  Typically the best time in Southwest Florida for star parties is from September - May but if we see an available weather window, we'll announce it here and on our email lists.

BIG CYPRESS NIGHT SKY PROGRAMS The Rangers at Big Cypress present frequent dark sky programs. Many times our experienced members partner with the Rangers to present these programs. Club members are always invited to attend the programs.

Monthly Calendar of Events

The club continues to take measures to manage the dangers of the Covid pandemic by meeting both in person and on Zoom. Monthly meeting status is in the newsletter.

The 2022-23 Astronomy & Astrophotography Speaker Series

Each month a new exciting & educational topic!

October 6, 2022
Exploration of the Outer Solar System:
New Horizons at Pluto and Juno at Jupiter

Dr. Fran Bagenal, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics University of Colorado, Boulder
Click Here For More Info

November 3, 2022
The Universe in the Infrared:
Spitzer's Final Voyage

Dr. Luisa Rebull, Research Scientist, Caltech/IPAC
Click here for more info

December 1, 2022
Forming the Brightest Galaxies
in the Universe

Dr. Desika Narayanan, University of Florida
Click here for more info

Learn & Share Your Astrophotography

Our Astrophotography Special Interest Group (SIG) meets monthly, schedules monthly field trips, has an info/discussion email list.  Our Astro SIG has a HUGE educational component, members teaching members. More Info on Astrophotography

Join Our Club!

Our affordable family memberships are a great way to learn, grow, meet new friends and stay involved in astronomy and astrophotography.

Monthly Meetings

We have a general meeting once a month at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium and on Zoom, and our Astrophotography group meets (on Zoom only) once a month as well.

Astronomy & Astrophotography Resources


Request A Private Star Party/Lecture/Workshop

We'd be happy to arrange for a private star party or lecture for your organization.

Astrophotography

Let's face it, learning Astrophotography is hard!  Our Astro SIG (Special Interest Group) is one of the best ways to help you learn this all consuming hobby.

Telescope Help

As part of our community outreach program, we're happy to help you with problem telescopes.

Planning Tools

Here's some planning tools our members use and recommend.

Light Pollution Map

LightPollution.Info is a great resource for where some of the darkest skies are.

Stellarium Web

Stellarium is an an online planetarium running in your web browser. Use it to plan your observing/photo sessions.

Telescopius

Another awesome tool for planning. A go to for most of our Astrophotographers!

Astrospheric

One of our go to tools for planning around the cloudy skies.