Weitkamp Observatory

Weitkamp Observatory
155 W. Main Street
Westerville, Ohio
(614) 823-1517
Email: drhodeback@otterbein.edu

From their website:

“Otterbein University’s observatory and planetarium were donated in 1955 by Alfred Henry Weitkamp ’04 in memory of Mary Geeding Weitkamp ’09, and rededicated in honor of both in 1982. The Arch B. Tripler, Jr. Solar Observing Facility was donated in 1990. Professor Dr. Uwe Trittmann is the director of the Weitkamp Observatory.

“Facilities include 14- and 8-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, a Meade CCD camera and guidance system, and a Spitz planetarium projector.

“The Observatory is located on the fifth floor of the McFadden-Schear science building at Otterbein University, 155 W. Main St., Westerville, Ohio (building 37 on the campus map). Use the stairwell with the planetarium signs (north side of the building, second from the eastern end).

Observing Opportunities

“Apart from the Astronomy Lecture Series, visitors and students may come to Weitkamp Observatory throughout the semester to observe the night sky. Check back continuously for dates, times and weather related cancellations. Please contact the department at (614) 823-1517 for more details.”

6 thoughts on “Weitkamp Observatory

  1. Jeff Masters April 17, 2012 / 3:51 am

    Hello. Are there any hours or times to come an enjoy this gift? I live on Parkview Ave. in Westervile, and curiosity has led me to this. Thank you, Jeff and Grant Masters

    • PhotonStopper April 17, 2012 / 11:04 am

      Thanks for your question, it has led me to seek more current information and to update the page. Apparently there are regular opportunities to enjoy the observatory but you must contact the Physics Department for more information. — JG

    • Ron I. April 2, 2022 / 9:06 am

      According to Google, they’re permanently closed.

      • Photonstopper June 17, 2022 / 3:02 pm

        Please check with the observatory operators; their website does not indicate the facility as closed. Google-published hours and operational status are not necessarily up-to-date for any business or institution.

  2. Heather August 3, 2020 / 4:18 pm

    can we schedule an evening to view the stars?

    • Photonstopper August 4, 2020 / 9:04 am

      Hi. Please direct your queries regarding Weitkamp Observatory to the Physics Department of Otterbein University: cchoufong@otterbein.edu or (614) 823-1316 for more details.

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