Welcome to Warren Rupp Oservatory...

Warren Rupp Observatory is one of the world's largest amateur operated telescopes. Nestled in the pastoral setting of Hidden Hollow, near Mansfield, Ohio we boast of some of the darkest skies in the state. The Rupp Scope and the Richland Astronomical Society dedicate themselves to public awareness of Astronomy.

All 2014 Public Nights will be held on the first Saturday of each month (unless otherwise noted), March through November and special programs and member nights are offered on alternative weekends. Be sure to check our events and calendar. If weather permits, there will be an opportunity to view through the big scope as well as a variety of personal scopes. If weather is cloudy, there will be a program and folks who will be happy to take you on a tour of our Observatory. We welcome all visitors! Not only will you have access to view through this magnificent scope, but our members also have a variety of telescopes to help assist you on your celestial journey. Please feel free to also bring your own equipment as well.

If you will be traveling in the area, you are also welcome to visit the observatory by appointment by letting Tammy or Greg know. Members of the RAS must please contact the Observatory Director via the Bulletinboard link on the left to reserve telescope time. If you are interested in visiting the Observatory for an outreach program, or having us come and visit your group or school, please click on the Request A Program link to the left. Fill out all requested information and we will be in touch with you to finalize arangements.

That time of the year has arrived.....

The time has come... To start the fun and play with you all day, but we do our playing at night, and the Observatory is now open for business. Public nights are on the first Saturday of each month, through November.

Join us for Lowe-Volk Park Observing.

Lowe-Volk Park is 38 acres in size and features an award-winning Nature Center, one and one-half miles of hiking trails that visit three streams including the start of the Sandusky River in Ohio, a picnic area, catch and release fishing in the pond, fishing in the streams, fern covered sandstone ledges, forests, wetlands, a pond, and open fields. The Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center features a classroom, 17 interpretive nature and local history exhibits, live reptile and amphibian displays, a bird feeder and butterfly garden observation room, and equipment for student use in programs such as binoculars, nets, hand lenses, etc. The park is located on State Route 598 three miles north of Galion. The Nature Center is handicapped accessible and has restrooms available.

Lowe-Volk Park Observing is the third Saturday of each month, and observing closes in November and re-opens in March, so check our calendar for news of stargazing opportunities!

From Starfleet Command...

Captain's Log - Stardate: January 1, 2014: Howdy, fellow StarGeezers! I’m happy to be returning as president of the Richland Astronomical Society for 2014. As Venus disappears from the western sky, bringing 2013 to a close, we set our sights on the many unaided eye events occurring in 2014. Jupiter is rising in the east, joining the twins of Gemini as they follow the Seven Sisters of Taurus, ”The Bull”, and Orion, “The Hunter”, across the skies of winter and spring

March 1, 2014 will kick off our monthly public nights, with Mars joining us in the late evening sky. Mars will be crossing the constellation Virgo until June, when it will reverse its course. We’ll see a total lunar eclipse in the wee hours of April 15th, although I prefer to call it late night on the 14th.

We’ll see the return of Saturn, the ringed planet, in the early evening sky in May. When Mercury rises near the end of the month, there will be four bright planets in the evening sky, all at the same time.

We’ll see the Moon, (Supermoon) bigger and brighter, several times in 2014, and at its peak on August 10. The Hidden Hollow Star Party is set for August 21-24. We’ll have a partial solar eclipse, on Oct. 23, as the Sun travels to the western horizon. Oh, we can’t forget the meteor showers.

All of that is without using a telescope! The members of the RAS will be happy to show you all of the things that your eyes alone can’t see, using binoculars and telescopes of various sizes, all the way up to the 36” Big Blue. Wanna know more? Hop on over to M111 page for more details.

Be sure to keep an eye on our events calendar to the left for club meeting times and locations. The winter will pass quickly and it won't be long until we see you on the Hill!~Cap'n Mike

Tonight's Sky: June 2014...

Do you go outside and night and wonder what's out there this time of year? Then here's a video for you...



Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere's skywatching events with "Tonight's Sky."

Our Newsletter...

If you want to keep up with all the happenings, like who has completed what observing project, is attending classes, or just has something new to say? This is your resource. If you weren't able to attend a regular club meeting and would like to know what's going on? Here's where you'll find it. Wondering if we've gotten any new club members? This is where we post 'em. Do you have an article, idea or astrophoto you'd like to post? Then this is the place to go!

The M111 On-Line is your #1 resource for finding out all the news that is the news. Use it!

Help Support the Observatory...

Would you like to take a look at what's out there? How about donating to a worthy cause at the same time? Here at WRO, we believe education should be free, so we don't charge for giving programs. However, there are many expenses involved in maintaining a facility and we deeply appreciate your donations.

If you can't come to the Observatory, but would like to add your support through a charitable donation, you can do so through the use of PayPal. Just click on the link below and give any amount you wish. Just specifiy that it is a donation in the comment field on the PayPal page. We appreciate your kindness, support and thank you in advance for helping WRO continuing this important work!


WRO members, you can now pay your yearly dues by clicking on the PayPal button above. Indicate that you are paying $43.00, the ammount is dues plus a $3.00 PayPal processing fee. Please indicate that this is for your yearly dues in the comment field on the PayPal page.

Thank you,

Bob Kocar,
Treasurer, WRO.

Educational Programs...

Here at Warren Rupp Observatory, we are proud to offer entertaining astronomical education as part of our normal public star parties each month. Here you will find out more about our solar system, black holes, supernovae, space missions, the Sun, the Moon, comets, meteors, the distant galaxies and much, much more. We vary our presentation each time so that everyone has a chance to learn something new and all programs are suitable for children and adults alike.

Do you have a group or organization that you feel would benefit from a special program? Please feel free to contact us to make special arrangements. We enjoy traveling to schools and libraries - just as much as we enjoy having your group come here as well! All it takes is just a little prior arrangement.

As always, there is never a charge for any program we do. All of our members, educators and presenters are strictly volunteer and we do what we do because we love to do it. Of course, we always welcome donations. Old telescopes that need a loving home are re-furbished and put into the hands of our guests. Astronomy books, space related toys and educational videos are among the many things we need... And share! We're here for you year round!

Join Us For A Great Time!

Are you interested in visiting? Good! Please come and visit us during the summer months. You'll have a great time!

Join us for great fun at the Warren Rupp Observatory!

Warren Rupp Observatory
5127 Possum Run Road
Bellville , Ohio
www.wro.org

Public Nights Open At Sunset

Current Moon Phase

What does the Moon look like tonight? Here you go...

The Clear Sky Clock...



To help you plan your observing session, or to just get an idea of what to expect as far as the sky goes, here's a device that only takes a little bit of practice to learn how to read. The Clear Sky Clock goes by colors to show you what kind of conditions to expect. To learn more, just click!

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