Nassau Astronomical Station

Nassau Astronomical Station
Observatory Park
Clay Street
Montville Township

Photo: Nassau Astronomical Station, now a part of Observatory Park

Nassau Astronomical Station, now a part of Observatory Park

A plaque at the site of this observatory reads: “This was the site of the Nassau Astronomical Station from 1957 to 2008. It was named in honor of Dr. Jason John Nassau, director of the Warner and Swasey Observatory, Case Western Reserve University, from 1924 to 1959. Under Dr. Nassau’s leadership, the Observatory became a great center for research, and a place to share the excitement of astronomy with the general public.” The Observatory’s central instrument was and remains a 36-inch reflector of Cassegrain design built by the Warner and Swasey Company, Cleveland, in 1957. The Observatory was used for research, public outreach, and was for a time operated remotely via the Internet until a lightning strike destroyed critical components. The facility lay dormant for several years before being acquired in 2008 by the Geauga Park District to become a feature of its Observatory Park. The park boasts another large reflector, a 25.5-inch Newtonian donated by the estate of Ohio telescope-building legend Norman Oberle, along with other astronomical and natural history attractions. Observatory Park opened in 2011. The Nassau Astronomical Station and its telescope are being refurbished to become a major component of the park.

Photo: Reflecting Telescope of Nassau Astronomical Station. Photo by James Guilford.

36-inch Nassau Reflecting Telescope

Photos by James Guilford

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