Welcome to Warren Rupp Oservatory...

Come join us in an evening that you will never forget. Either we will do something incredibly stupid and you will always remember our group, or you will see something you have never seen before. You may learn something new about our universe and possibly yourself. Many of our previous visitors and members have pursued Astronomy as a vocation. This could be a starting point. It's out there! And it's just down the road...

The Observatory houses one of the largest, soon-to-be computer controlled amateur operated telescopes of it's type in the world! This massive mount holds a 31 inch diameter, fused quartz mirror, finished to an incredible 1/12 wavelength. The dome is huge. The telescope is huge. You've got to see it to believe it! Perhaps you would like a tour? Or just to explore our history? Then follow the links on the left...

The Richland Astronomical Society operates the facility and holds it's monthly club meetings prior to the public opening. Come join us and find out why we are Astro-Nuts. Listen to us discuss the possibility of life on Mars, the latest info on Black Holes, new comets, space flight and NASA, and even just a good old Taurus Session.

Bring your telescope! If you don't know how to use it one of our staff will show you. If it doesn't work we may even be able to fix it! And bring your camera! Take a picture through the big telescope! You can brag that you used the largest telephoto lens in the area! You'll find us a very family oriented organizations and we welcome all stargazers... Even "stargeezers"!

How to get Here...

The Warren Rupp Observatory is situated in the beautiful rolling hills of north central Ohio just southeast of Mansfield. The observatory is located on the grounds of Hidden Hollow Camp about 6.5 miles east of the intersection of SR-13 and interstate 71 on O'Possum Run Road. Close, but not too close, to Snow Trails Ski Area. Yes, that's "O'Possum" like the fury nocturnal animal that resembles some of our membership. Or is it the other way around? Anyway, about 6 miles down Opossum Run Road you will come to a "Z" curve. (Be careful not to go straight!) After you pass completely through the turns you will see the entrance to Hidden Hollow Camp on your left. Enter Hidden Hollow Camp through the gates and go up the hill until you see the Observatory on the right. Parking is in front of the ClubHouse. For you folks that are more or less local, you can get on O'Possum Run Road off of S.R.95 and it's about 3 miles up the road. See a convenient link to a map on the left.

We believe that Science is for everyone.. Be sure to check out our link for Project ARTIST - Astronomy Related Teacher In Service Training.

Of course, this doesn't qualify us for much, not even a free cup of coffee at Denny's, (which is actually kinda' funny since Denny's isnt' there anymore!) but, we do have quite a few knowledgeable associates who are more than willing to teach your our love of the night sky. Join us soon!

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