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.
The March 1, 2014, Public Night has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions at the observatory. Please visit us April 5, 2014 and It's almost that time of the year.....
The time has come...
To start the fun and play with you all day, but we do our playing at
night, and the Observatory will open, baring any additional bad weather, on March 1, 2014.
From December to March, we're closed to the public. While we
do have indoor facilities, the road up the Hill can be dangerous and
observing in cold weather is equally problematic. Until the official start
of spring, we prefer to be safe rather than sorry! So please check the WRO Calendar for dates, times and locations.
Lowe-Volk Park Observing will re-start on March 29th. 2014 at 8:00PM.
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...
Log - Stardate: December 31, 2013: 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: February 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." In February, Orion is your guide to a number of fascinating objects. ...Enjoy!
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...
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
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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!
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,
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