Stephens Memorial Observatory

Stephens Memorial Observatory
~6750 Twinsburg-Warren Rd., Hiram, OH 44234

Hiram College Physics Department
P.O. Box 67
Hiram, OH 44234
Physics Department: (330) 569-5264
Email: stephensobservatory@gmail.com

Photo: Cooley Telescope

Cooley Telescope of under its original 1900 dome.

Lathrop Cooley donated a top-drawer telescope to Hiram College which was installed in the tower of the school’s Teachout Library in 1901. In 1939 a fire in the library seriously damaged the building but the magnificent instrument narrowly escaped destruction, only soiled by the smoke. It was removed from the tower to be installed in a new facility. Stephens Memorial Observatory, the gift of Miss Ella Stephens of Cleveland in memory of her parents and brother, was dedicated in 1939.

Today the small observatory still houses the telescope with a 9-inch John Brashear objective and a Warner and Swasey weight-driven mechanical drive. The dome sheltering the telescope is the original structure that sat atop Teachout Library and Observatory more than a century ago. In 2006 – 2007 the objective lens, finder telescope, and clock drive were removed, restored, and re-installed making the telescope fully operational and a pleasure to behold. The observatory hosts a regular series of public open nights on a schedule posted on their website.

Photo by James Guilford 

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