Some Reasons to Join the Richland Astronomical Society
An opportunity to request time on the Warren Rupp Observatory computer assisted 36″ Newtonian Reflector. (Some training and qualification by the observatory director is required)
An opportunity to request time for use the Observatory grounds for personal scopes.
Upon availability, an opportunity to use our seconds dome’s (yes, we have two observatory domes!) scope for astrophotography.
Upon availability, the use of the Club’s 10″ dobsonian mount telescope.
Upon availability, the use of the Club’s 16″ Meade LightBridge telescope.
Use of all club telescopes, including the 10″ Discovery dobsonian, the 8″ Meade Dobsonian, the 4.5″ Orion dobsonian and the 150 Intes Maksuktov Cassegrain.
Full spectrum of 2″ eyepieces and 1.25″ eyepieces as well as a full range of filters.
Use of the Club’s Coronado Personal Solar Telescope and Cemax Eyepieces.
Use of the Club’s Video Eyepieces.
Use of Club Binoculars.
Access and use of the Club’s StarLab Portable Planetarium (with proper training).
MegaStar equipped laptops available with proper instructions. Training will be provided.
An opportunity to be trained in public astronomy outreach and a chance to travel and teach!
An opportunity to work with skilled amateur astronomers. Many of our members are highly proficient will computer assistance, as well as many who still manually aim their scopes and read maps. A true learning environment…
Upon availability, use of the Club’s library materials, video resources and outreach training materials.
Free admission into the Hidden Hollow Star Party.
Discounted subscription to Sky & Telescope Magazine. (Please Note: Subscriptions will start the following JANUARY after dues are paid.)
Member only observing nights, as well as other scheduled Club Activities.
Unlimited fun and opportunities for learning!
The observatory is located in the rolling hills of north central Ohio just southeast of Mansfield. Our address is 5127 Possum Run Road Bellville, OH 44813.
We are located on the grounds of Hidden Hollow Camp, so look for the Hidden Hollow Camp sign!
Click on the larger map link below for a detailed map and a list of hotels and restaurants nearby.