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Our 2021 Observatory Events Have Been Scheduled!
Download our 2021 schedule here
At the Observatory, masks must be worn at all times

Public Observing Programs will occur at our Observatory on


WEDNESDAY June 16, 2021 at 9:00 PM:

Lunar Viewing:  This event has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday due to weather conditions. The Moon will be 6 days old and perfect for viewing with the Sun at a low grazing angle. On the terminator, central peaks of craters will be lit up while the remaining crater is in shadow. The 16 inch observatory telescope gives an incredible view of the Moon in this phase


Saturday July 10, 2021 at 9:00 PM:

Globular Cluster Night:  These star clusters contain tens of thousands of stars in an area less than 100 light-years across. We’ll examine M5, M53, M13, M92, M10, & M12 and discuss globular cluster classification


Note from the Webmaster: I apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced by my inability to update this webpage following the 3:00 PM cancellation of the event scheduled for June 12, 2021 by our Observatory Director. An unusual set of circumstances prevented the update that hopefully won't occur again.


About The Club

Welcome to the Astronomy Club of Akron (ACA) webpage. The ACA has been a distinguished northeast Ohio organization since 1949. The purpose of the ACA is to further an interest in and promote the study of the subject of Astronomy and related sciences. The ACA will promote public interest in these sciences through the use of lectures, forums, discussion groups, publications, programs, research, instruction, and other relevant educational, scientific and literary activities.

The ACA will educate the general public through monthly programs and star parties. These programs, lectures and events cover such astronomical phenomena as the planets, solar/lunar observing, seasonal constellations, comets, meteor showers, and deep sky objects. The club also offers an annual telescope seminar on the selection, use and care of binoculars, refractors, reflectors, mounts and photographic equipment.

The ACA activities provide opportunities for its general membership to get together and participate in a variety of general astronomy related issues. There are a number of services for members. We have our own observing site and club telescope located in Portage Lakes State Park. We own a number of telescopes available for use. Many club members donate their time and services to local schools, church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the YMCA, as well as to the general public. The Astronomy Club of Akron has a program to assist members of your scout group with obtaining their Astronomy Merit Badges. For more information please send an e-mail to our outreach program located on our contacts page.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. No equipment is necessary and no knowledge is needed. There is no age limit!  Club members meet on the 4th Friday of every month (except June, July, August, and December) at 8:00 PM at the either the New Franklin City Hall or the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center.  Our meeting in November is usually, but not always, on the 3rd Friday to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.  Please check our meeting schedule to be certain of date and location.

The ACA publishes a monthly newsletter, The Night Sky, which contains information on upcoming meetings, observing sessions, and articles by and for members.

The ACA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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