Warren Rupp Observatory
The Warren Rupp Observatory houses one of the largest computer-controlled amateur-operated telescopes of it’s type in the world, having a 31-inch diameter fused quartz mirror finished to an incredible 1/12 wavelength. The mirror was handmade in North Royalton, Ohio, and formed the basis for a mammoth backyard telescope. A neighbor’s “insecurity” light spoiled viewing, however, and a new home was sought. The mirror was at the heart of a fine new telescope housed in an impressive observatory building, atop a hill in dark rural countryside. In 2011 an accident destroyed the treasured mirror and a replacement was to be made. The observatory is open to the public on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting). The facility is operated by The Richland Astronomical Society and holds it’s monthly club meetings prior to the public opening. The Warren Rupp Observatory is situated in the beautiful rolling hills of north central Ohio just southeast of Mansfield, on the grounds of Hidden Hollow Camp about 7 miles east of the intersection of State Route 13 and interstate 71 on O’possum Run Road. The observatory offers special private observing sessions free of charge to any group by appointment, including scout troops, school field trips, churches, private groups and even families.
Photo by James Guilford