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The Club completed the Akron area's first public observatory in 1988 in the Portage Lakes State Park:

      Portage Lakes State Park
      5031 Manchester Rd
      Akron, OH  44319-3999
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Enter the park from Manchester Road and follow signs to the Observatory located directly across from the ranger station.
Our observatory houses a new 16" Meade LX200ACF computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Its large aperture allows for detailed views of globular clusters, galaxies, nebulae, the planets and amazing views of the Moon. The observatory has regularly scheduled public observing nights and is available for group tours by special arrangement.


News and photos of the ACA's new 16" telescope are available here 2024 Activity Schedule 

Smoking is not permitted in or near the observatory nor on the observing field where members have set up their own equipment.
If you must smoke, walk to the down-wind side of the observing site. Be considerate of your fellow observers.
Get an email notice of impromptu events!

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Geographic location of our observatory:

  Longitude: W 81? 33' 39" = 81.560826?
  Latitude: N 40? 58' 11" = 40.969802?
  Altitude: 1029' = 314m
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    Aerial photo 2

To contact club officers with questions or comments, please visit our Contacts page
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