The South West Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.
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Watch the launch of the long awaited James A. Webb Telescope

In the Sky this Month for SWFL.

Meeting Status as of December 31,   2021  – We are on a month by month status. Based on influence from the latest Covid variant and ability to present at the planetarium. 

We are currently planning on the following dates for Seahawk Park star parties: 1/29/2022, 3/26/2022, 4/9/2022, 4/30/2022, 5/21/2022.  

Info in the newsletter.

Read how to join our Zoom meetings here!

Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings but we encourage you to join our club after attending a few times.  Membership is VERY affordable.


We have a very active Astrophotography Special Interest Group (SIG).  We meet formally (on Zoom) once a month to discuss imaging techniques, gear, processing.  The group is focused on learning and sharing of information with each other.  We have an email list for sharing of info and we take frequent field trips.  Photographers of all types are welcome, newbies to very experienced, DSLR’s on tripods or trackers to huge OTA’s on huge goto mounts.  You are welcome!

If you are interested in Astrophotography, please join us.  Click here to complete an interest form.

Here’s an example of some of the work our astrophotographers are doing.  All photos are copyright owned by the maker.  No copies/screenshots without permission.

  • The Pacman Nebula by Linwood Ferguson

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Astronomical League

(Astronomical League Membership is included in S.W.F.A.S membership)

Additional information about Local Planetarium and Observatory opportunities:

FSW Observatory
FGCU Observatory

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium.
(see Calendar/Event for directions)

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NASA’s Space Place educates and entertains kids, parents, and teachers about space and Earth science and technology.


We are:  The South West Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.  (SWFAS) P.O. Box 100127, Cape Coral, Florida  33910.

We usually meet the 1st Thursday of the month (7:30 P.M.):  Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium,  3450 Ortiz Avenue,  Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811.  Until the threat of COVID is over, we will continue to meet on Zoom.

The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society, Inc. was formed in 1980 by amateur astronomers in Lee County, Florida.  Its many goals include educating the public, school children, and scouts about the wonders of the night sky.  S.W.F.A.S. regularly works with the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, as well as Florida Gulf Coast University with public observing events.

Astronomy & Astrophotography Club based in Ft. Myers, Fl.