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. 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 contact the webmaster.
Closed for the Winter...
dear the time has come... Gee, but we've had fun. Wish that we could
stay... and play with you all day!" Of course, we do our playing at
night, but the time has come for the Observatory to close for the
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. For now, we prefer to
be safe rather than sorry! However, we still have monthly club
meetings, so please check our events calendar to your left for times,
dates and locations.
We'll see you in the Spring!
Lowe Volk Park Observing.... Is now closed for the winter
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, so check our calendar for news of
stargazing opportunities! Observing will re-start on March 29th. 2014
From Starfleet Command...
Log - Stardate: November 13, 2013: Greetings, fellow StarGeezers! It's
that time of year again... The snow has already begun to fly and it's
time to shut down for the winter season.
This has been a wonderful year at the Observatory. We would
like to thank all the volunteers on our staff for their hard work - and
we'd like to thank our guests for being here. We continue to be one of
the top ranked clubs on the NASA Night Sky Network for public outreach
and it's all because of you! The year 2013 was awesome... and it looks like 2014 will be even better.
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: December 2013...
Lovely Venus hangs low in the southwestern sky after sunset. Use a telescope to make out its slender crescent profile. By nightfall, Jupiter hovers above the eastern horizon. As the night progresses, Jupiter climbs higher into the night sky. Enjoy the Geminid Meteor Shower this month!
Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern
hemisphere's skywatching events with "Tonight's Sky." Both Mars and Saturn are morning planets this month. Look for them in the
southeast before sunrise.
The mid-December night sky hosts the lovely Geminid meteor shower. Which peaks on the night of December 13th to 14th. Expect to see the most meteors after midnight, zipping away from the constellation Gemini. This year, the faintest Geminids will be difficult to spot until the Moon sets a couple of hours before dawn.
The night sky is always a celestial showcase. Explore its wonders from your own backyard.
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. We appreciate your kindness
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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