History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Warren Rupp Observatory

24 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The following post was previously shared as part of our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series. Since then, the folks at the Richland Astronomical Society have added a new public viewing night, and we have updated our post. 1812Blockhouse takes periodic looks at a variety of things in the Richland County area – some, like today, are geographic locations; other times, they will be organizations, or causes; or even events and happenings. Each time, we will collect details from across the Internet and combine them into a single list.

Today we look at the Warren Rupp Observatory.

Address: 5127 Possum Run Road, Bellville, on the grounds of Friendly House Hidden Hollow Camp

Operated by: Richland Astronomical Society

Telescope: 36” diameter mirror Newtonian telescope, also known as a f/6.3 Newtonian, one of the world’s largest amateur operated telescopes

When Observatory built: 1984 for Observatory; 1985 for telescope

Cost of construction: $250,000

Funding for construction: Warren E. Rupp (1920-1987), local industrialist

Annual “star” event: Hidden Hollow Star Party, usually in September

Public Viewing Nights: First Saturday of each month, March through November (weather permitting); Also at Lowe-Volk Park north of Galion and west of Crestline on the Fourth Saturday of each month (more information here).

Society meetings: First Saturday of each month, three hours before Public Viewing Night begins

Upcoming Events: These include a September Equinox viewing event, a Global Moon Party, and more.

Society dues: Annual Membership Fees are $20 Student, $40 Individual, and $60 Family. Due by January 31. Can be paid by Cash or Check payable to R.A.S. Mail to: Bryan Summer – Treasurer, 1290 Fairview Ave., Galion, OH 44833

Website and Calendar of Events: http://wro.org

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Warren-Rupp-Observatory/120048584708048

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