Freelander Park Observatory

Freelander Park Observatory
400 Hillside Drive (off Friendsville Road)
Wooster, Ohio
Dave Balint, WCAS Secretary

In 1963 a 6-inch Cook refractor, built in England during the closing years of the 19th century, was installed at the Freedlander Park Observatory. The observatory was dedicated on Memorial Day of that year.

More recently, through the efforts of the Wayne County Astronomical Society (WCAS) and assistance from the city of Wooster, sufficient funds were raised to refurbish the observatory and install a new telescope. A Meade LDX55 6-inch refractor with computerized go-to drive gave excellent views of the heavens. On May 26, 2003, the 40th anniversary of the original dedication, the observatory was re-dedicated and the new telescope named the “Jack Strater Telescope” in honor of all the work and effort Jack has given to the WCAS over the years. In spring of 2006, the 6-inch refractor was replaced with a 12-inch Meade LX-200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT) which has become the new “Jack Strater Telescope.”

Public nights are held the fourth Saturday of the month: 7:30 PM in the winter, dusk in the summer. Public night to view the stars from the club’s telescope at Freedlander Park.

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