Stargazing at Hanna Park
Get ready to see stars, planets, the Moon, and interesting sky objects.
All are welcome!
Location: Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32233
Park entry fee is $5 per car. You must have paid and entered NO LATER THAN 7:30 PM when the gate entrance is closed for the evening. There will not be re-entry once you leave.
Find NEFAS in Parking Lot #8. Limit your use of vehicle headlights whenever possible during stargazing hours. Bring red lights if you have them.
There are restrooms, water fountain, but few lights. You may wish to bring a flashlight for the restrooms. Consider bug spray in case its needed, but be mindful of any insecticide overspray that may reach telescope equipment and apply in another location.
All NEFAS volunteers bring their personal stargazing equipment and will instruct guests how to look at the sky objects safely without damage. Adults may need to assist children.
If you are considering purchasing a telescope this is an opportunity to examine several different types and sizes of telescope – ask lots of questions!
If you are having trouble with your own telescope, bring it along and one of our Telescope Doctors will take a look at it.
Sometimes cloudy conditions make it unfeasible to stargaze. In the event that weather conditions cause NEFAS to scrub this event, you can find that information on our website main page [www.nefas.org]. We recommend you check the website before leaving for the park. Every attempt will be made to post a “no-go” message by 6:00 PM prior to the start of event night.
Hope to see you there!