Can NEFAS Come Put On An Observing Session for My Organization?
The answer is, absolutely! One of the core focuses of NEFAS is educating the public about astronomy, and we often do special observing sessions for non-profit and educational organizations. Some of the groups we work with regularly are:
- Public Schools
- Private Schools
- Scouting Organizations
If you would like to request NEFAS for an upcoming event in your organization, all you've got to do is ask!
How Do I Request NEFAS?
The best way to contact us is through e-mail. You should contact our Observing Coordinator at
with as much information about your event as possible. You may also leave a message on our club message line at (904) 858-3347. Due to our regularly scheduled observing sessions, and due to weather conditions, it is best if your date can be flexible within a couple of days. Please submit your request as far in advance as possible. We get many requests throughout the year, and we like to honor as many of them as possible.
What Can I Request?
Typically organizations request that several of our members setup telescopes for an evening viewing. Depending upon the number of people attending your event, we can enlist an appropriate number of members to assist. Our Observing Coordinator will assist with such things as what objects can be viewed, what limitations there might be, and what kind of facilities will be needed for the scopes to be set up.
NEFAS also has a limited number of speakers who can give lectures and presentations to your group. Since speaker coordination is more difficult, please allow as much advance notice of your event as possible.
Solar observing may also be possible for daytime activities. Many of our members have telescopes equipped to safely view the sun. The coordination of solar viewing is also difficult due to work schedules and limited equipment availability, so please allow as much advance notice of your event as possible.
What if My Group is Not Non-Profit or Educational?
NEFAS also can coordinate observing sessions for your group if you are a private or commercial organization. To help support the activities of the club, we do ask for a small donation. Since NEFAS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donations are completely tax deductible. To schedule an event for your private or commercial group, please contact our Observing Coordinator at
with as much information about your event as possible. You may also leave a message on our club message line at (904) 858-3347.