[Astronomy Club of Akron Logo] Observatory Site


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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All ACA Meetings through May have been  CANCELLED.
All ACA Observatory Events have been

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

Please keep 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 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 2020 Observatory Schedule  (click image to download a 2-page printable PDF)

Click here for a text version of our 2020 Observatory 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.

Please see our Yearly Calendar for all scheduled observing events and meetings.

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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To contact club officers with questions or comments, please visit our Contacts page
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This page of the ACA Website was last modified on 01/23/20


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