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

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