Auburn Astronomical Society

AAS Dark-Sky Observing Field



The Auburn Astronomical Society has access to a dark-sky observing field for members and guests. The field is conveniently located on the NORTH-EAST corner at the Intersection of Macon County Road 24 and Macon County Road 22 in Lee County, Alabama.  Located within easy driving distance for most of our members, our dark-sky observing field is only about a 17 miles south of downtown Auburn and is easy Interstate driving most of the way for the Montgomery area and west Georgia observers.  The skies are quite dark -- especially to the south.  The site has good horizons and minimal ambient lights.  Special thanks to the property owner, and the Auburn Planesman R/C Club, for allowing us to share this unspoiled night sky.  Access to the lock combination is a members only privilege and may be requested from AAS Observing Coordinator, Allen Screws,

Directions 

Entrance is via Macon County Road 24 immediately north (about 700 yards) of Macon County Road 22 using the gate on the East Side. The Gate is padlocked and members are required to close and lock the gate when they leave.  

GPS Location for gate: 3225'38.15"N 8531'7.39"W
Elevation: 393ft
Here it is on Google Maps

Directions from Auburn, Alabama (Interstate 85, Exit 51):

  • Take AL 147 / US 29 (College Street) SOUTH past I-85, proceed to US Hwy 80.
  • There is NOT a ramp that goes from US 29 to US 80 EAST going south.
  • Immediately after passing US 80, make a U-Turn to US 29 NORTH to enter US 80 EAST Ramp.
  • Proceed on US 80 and Turn RIGHT on County Road 24.
  • You will drive past high tension wires with the 'markers' for aircraft
  • Just before County Road 22 (700 yards), look for Gate to enter Airfield on LEFT.


Directions from Phenix City, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia:

  • Take US 80 to County Road 24.
  • Turn LEFT onto County Road 22 and proceed to County Road 24.
  • Turn RIGHT on County Road 24 and look for gate immediately to RIGHT (700yards).