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
All ACA Meetings through May have
All ACA Observatory Events have been
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.....
As you are certainly aware, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has reached
Ohio with over
5,500 confirmed cases. The health and safety of ACA
members and the community remains our primary concern. Governor DeWine
held press conferences specifically asking all institutions to implement
actions to minimize the impact of COVID-19 spreading. While we recognize
that these actions may cause a temporary disruption, please know that we
are making decisions to minimize the advancement of the disease. To that
end, the ACA Board has decided to cancel the ACA meetings scheduled in
April and May. In addition, our Observatory Director has cancelled all
events at our Observatory until further notice
your eye on this website and, if you're a member,
your email account for
important club communication in the future.
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
observing nights and is available for group tours by special
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.
Please see our
Yearly Calendar for all scheduled observing events and meetings.
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Geographic location of our observatory: