The North Florida Community College (NFC) Astronomical Observatory is located at a dark site in Jefferson County, 51 miles (82 km) east from Tallahassee. The observatory lies in an area far away from city lights and traffic. Instrumentation includes a Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope and a small radio telescope, and the obsevatory is a fully remote controlled facility, which can be used from anywhere with an Internet connection. The observatory hosts an Astronomy Club that meets (now virtually on Zoom) every first and third Monday of the month, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Guests are welcome at regular meetings, and the attendees are given access to all instruments, including the remotely controlles telescopes for night or day observations. Special public events are done in connection with noteworthy celestial events.
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