Welcome to the Warren County Astronomical Society web site. This society is organized for the enjoyment of astronomy for charitable, educational and scientific purposes and is located at Warren County (OH) Hisey Park a dark sky area.
Knight's Night at Rachel Hutzel Observatory
The Knight's of Columbus (St Malachy council #5128) of St Philips church in Morrow enjoyed an evening at the Rachel Hutzel observatory. The viewing was excellent with a good dark sky.
We have brought it to Warren County Hisey Park for the
Warren County Astronomical Society
The Warren County Parks District has purchased a 16' observatory dome and an 8.75" F12 refracting telescope and heavy duty mount have been donated as well. With your help and that of the Parks District, the Warren County Parks Observatory will hopefully open in 2016!
It is with great sadness I have to share the passing of Joe Tarkany, long time Miami Valley Astronomical Society member and avid amateur astronomer. I think it's safe to say that Joe's boisterous enthusiasm for all things astronomical touched so many people. His voluminous knowledge of the night sky was revered by many. He will be forever missed.
We would like to extend our condolences to the Tarkany family. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday August 21, 2015 at 10:30 am at The Church of The Incarnation Catholic Church (55 Williamsburg Lane, Centerville, Ohio 45459). Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Newcomer Funeral Home - South Chapel (3940 Kettering Blvd., Kettering, Ohio 45439). Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.Additional details available in the obituary.
WCAS Monthly Meeting April 17th
First WCAS hosted event at Hutzel Observatory. Cub Scouts from Lebanon, Ohio
The Opening October 3rd, 2014
photo courtesy Walt Davis (note the rainbows)
It was cold, and rainy, and windy, all day on Friday. We had determined in advance to go ahead with the dedication ceremony even if we could not open the roof and use the telescope. Less than an hour before the scheduled beginning, as guests were arriving, the wind stopped, the rain stopped, the sky cleared and a warming sun came out in a perfectly clear sky. You sort of had to be there, but most of were thinking this had to be Providence, that we were getting some help from above. If you had any doubt about that, the clincher arrived precisely at 7:00, the scheduled start time. Have a look.
We had a very successful opening, with about 200 guests attending to see the amazing building, the magnificent engravings, and the awe-inspiring telescope. The skies darkened and remained clear, a vivid moon shone directly above, we opened the roof, and a long line formed to mount the viewing platform and see the lunar geography, up close and personal. It was so great to hear every little kid and almost all adults put their eye to the eyepiece on the telescope, and say “Oh Wow!” In these days of video games and 3D movies, it doesn’t get any better than that. If you missed it, make arrangements with Camp Joy or the Warren County Astronomical Society to take the family and friends out for a great night of exploring our Universe. http://www.wcas-oh.org/class_index.cfm
(More photos posted on left hand tab <<<<entitled "Grand Opening 10/3/2014")
At the first general meeting on Friday September 19th, several surveys were taken by those in attendance. The first survey was one of "Personal Interests" and the second was "Possible Educational Topics". These surveys will help to guide us as we move forward into the future.
Here are the survey results:
Visual Astronomy (viewing) 100%
Trip to special sites (such as Grren Bank radio tel.) 82%
Astro-Imaging (Deep Sky) 73%
Astro-Imaging (Planetary) 73%
Building up Hisey Park for viewing purposes 73%
Involvement with Camp Joy (teaching astronomy) 73%
Involvement in projects at both Hisey Park and Camp Joy 73%
Education (Basic Astronomy & current events) 64%
Education (Advanced Astronomy discussions) 64%
Visiting other observatories & planetariums 55%
Education - teaching astronomy to school kids and scouts 55%
Equipment discussion "Show & Tell" 55%
Education on Hutzel Observatory software 36%
Radio-Astronomy (non-visual wavelengths 27%
Solar scientific observation 27%
Lens Making 18%
Telescope making 18%
Spectrum Analysis (of light from stars) 18%
Organizing Observation & Fundrasing
Interface with Observatory Foundation
Basics on using telescopes
Possible Educational Topics
Introduction to astronomy 80%
Planning observing sessions 70%
Mars, Saturn,exo-planets 60%
Equipment Basics 50%
Astronomy for Scouts 50%
Motion due to orbit 20%
Motion due to rotation 20%
Craters of the moon 10%
Space Travel 10%
Thanks to all who attended and participated.
Getting close to showtime
We have grass!
The granite map is nearing completion
New pictures (7/12/2014) of Laying the sidewalk pavers & Landscaping at the Rachel Hutzel Observatory. Check them out under the Rachel Hutzel Observatory tab on the left hand side <<<<<<
New pictures of the ceremony thanking those from the Warren County Career Center who built the Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory. Check them out by clicking on the "WCCC Ceremony" tab on the left hand side <<<
"Warren County, the telescope has been installed & Calibrated !"
Thanks to some of the people from (WCCC) who made it a reality !
Construction pictures -- check under "Rachel Hutzel Observatory" on the left hand tab<<<.
There is a new tab showing the "Installation of the telescope" at Camp Joy<<<
Articles from "The Planetary Society"
Courtesy of Ken Katowik
Groundbreaking for the Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory at Camp Joy
<<<<<<(Click on the Rachel Hutzel Observatory tab on left hand side)
(courtesy of Joe Tarkany)
photo courtesy of D. Griggs (taken in Death Valley)
Clear Sky Chart - Warren County Hisey Park Area