Irene Worthington Baron

Astronomy meeting is behind the observatory






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If the meeting is cancelled it will be posted here and on Facebook page:

Meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday evening of each month. Outdoor meetings are on the OUZ campus at the Rogge Pavilion. We use the adjacent 17 ½” Lewis Newtonian Telescope in the Lewis Observatory located at the north end of the university parking lot. Workshop meetings are held in the OUZ Campus Center, room 409. For your GPS, use the address of 1425  Newark Road, Zanesville, OH 43701.

Members bring their passion for astronomy to our meetings, the destination for persons wanting to exchange ideas and learn more about astronomy. When skies are cloudy, meetings are in the pavilion for members to talk astronomy. We try to create the best astronomy learning experiences available in our area with our workshops and observations. Members and guests from the public are welcome to come observe the wonders of the night sky with us, free of charge.

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 14 JULY 2018 MEETING 

Zanesville Astronomy Club members will welcome the public to their July event held at the Lewis Observatory on the Ohio University Zanesville campus. Since discussions and informational meetings take place in the Rogge Pavilion adjacent to the observatory when weather is poor, don’t stay home if clouds cover the sky ! Check website for cancellations due to extreme weather.

The July meeting will take place on Saturday, 14 July, beginning at 8:45 PM. Sunset is 8:26 PM

There will be a drawing for a celestial design T-shirt at the meeting. If it doesn’t fit you, it will fit someone you know! J

Our club has telescopes to loan for a month at a time. If you would like to borrow one, see Irene Baron at the meeting to arrange for pickup and return.

The trees that were planted by the university in our SE line of sight will be removed. That will allow us to see objects as they rise above the SE horizon.

JULY SKY   (information from and

Mercury will be visible until 19 July. On 12 July Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 26.4 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.

Venus  will pass 1 degree north of the brightest star in the constellation Leo, bluish-white Regulus on 9 July.  It will be visible at dusk until 17 October. It’s that bright western object above the sunset.

Mars on July 31 at 3:50 a.m. EDT, the planet will come closer to Earth than at any other time since its historically close approach of August 2003. Its distance from Earth at that moment will be 35.78 million miles. Not until September 2035 will it come so close again. Shining like a "star" with a yellow-orange hue, Mars will appear in the mornings from Jan. 1 through July 26, and evenings from July 27 through Dec. 31. On 27 July Mars will be at opposition and its face fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. Get out your camera. This is the best time to view and photograph Mars. A medium-sized telescope will allow you to see some of the dark details on the planet's orange surface. Don’t forget, our club has telescopes to loan to members for a month at a time.

Jupiter is quite brilliant with a silver-white luster. It will be visible evenings until 7 November.

Saturn shines like a yellowish-white "star" of moderate brightness. The famous rings are visible only with binoculars or telescopes. Saturn will spend all of 2018 in Sagittarius, the Archer, hovering above the asterism (a prominent pattern of stars) popularly known as "The Teapot." It will be visible mornings from Jan. 7 to June 26, and evenings from June 27 to Dec. 16. Saturn will appear brightest from June 10 to July 16.

July 12-August 23  Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower will be visible during our meeting. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

July 13 - New Moon which will make our meeting night nice and dark with the beginning of the waxing crescent Moon! On Friday eve it will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

July 27- Full Buck Moon (This moon has also been known as the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon.) It will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year.

 THANK YOU Mr. Freeman and Mr. Leonard Hayhurst

If you see Mr. Freeman, Director of Facilities Management & Campus Safety, thank him and his staff for their support to our organization. Since his arrival at OUZ, he has ensured our site is the darkest it has ever been during meetings and night sky observations. He has also provided safe storage for the Celestron telescope.

Thanks also to the Leonard Hayhurst and the Zanesville Times Recorder staff for adding our monthly event in their newspaper. The NASA Night Sky Network and the Zanesville Astronomy Club appreciate the TR’s continued support in our community outreach efforts.  

 Hidden Hollow Star Party 2018 – a unique family event invitation received

The Richland Astronomical Society will have their annual event at the Warren Rupp Observatory on 5-7 October at the Friendly House Hidden Hollow Camp, just south of Mansfield, Ohio. Keynote Speaker is Dean Regas, author and astronomical writer.

The Warren Rupp Observatory is home of Big Blue, a 36” Newtonian telescope, the largest in Ohio.

They will have speakers, astronomy vendors, raffle prizes, planetarium, bunk style cabins available, showers and restrooms on site, RV and tent camping sites, large observation area. Families are welcome. Children under 12 are free. Hotels and restaurants are within 5-miles of the location. It is located off I-71, exit 169 just south of Mansfield, Ohio. Address is 5127 Possum Run Road, Bellville, OH 44813.

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Lewis Observatory image with June info below

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The 17 April club presentation at the public library using the NASA Night Sky Network kit, "Glass & Mirrors - An Inside Look At Telescopes," was well received. The images below show presenter Chuck Bruckelmeyer discussing his Dobsonian telescope with a few of the participants. The picture to the right is Astronomy Club member, Greg, creating a refracting telescope model using two convex lenses. The lenses had to be adjusted by each viewer to create clear magnification of a distant object.











 The table top-Black,Tabletop=Celestron-telescope-available-for-loanCelestron telescope with clock drive, donated by club member Carl Matesich of Newark, may be borrowed for home use by club members for 1-2 months at a time. It will be on loan until May and available for another user at our May meeting.. If you wish to borrow that telescope in 2018 for a month or two, arrange to schedule the time with Irene ( ) That telescope is easy to carry and is supplied with a variety of lenses. When you see Carl, thank him for the donation. The telescope is pictured to the left.

The focus gear for the eyepiece on the Lewis Telescope has been damaged/stripped by use over the years. A new one is in the process of being made. Until then, we will use other telescopes, especially those brought by members. The 11-inch Celestron telescope donated by Dr. Hudnell Lewis should be available for our use beginning in April. Having been in storage, it is being transported to a designated area at the OUZ location.

Anyone wishing to join the Zanesville Astronomy Club and be included on our alert list is asked to please email: with your request. Include your name, address or email address and telephone number.

If you see Mr. Freeman, Director of Facilities Management & Campus Safety, thank him and his staff for their support to our organization. Since his arrival at OUZ, he has ensured our site is the darkest it has ever been during meetings and night sky observations. He has also provided safe storage for the Celestron telescope.
Thanks also to the Leonard Hayhurst and the Zanesville Times Recorder staff for adding our monthly event in their newspaper. The NASA Night Sky Network and the Zanesville Astronomy Club appreciate the TR continued support in our community outreach efforts.   


If you didn't get to see totality at the 21 August total solar eclipse, check out this NASA map for 8 April 2024. Most members of our club will live within 60-miles of totality!


Time will go fast, so plan way ahead to visit an eclipse area during the mid-day eclipse. The red line shows the area of the longest and greatest totality. If you are within the blue lines, you will see totality, but not as long of a time as you will within the red line. Cleveland will be the major eclipse city in Ohio. I imagine they will be making preparations for quite a while.

Meanwhile, plan way ahead for this. Arrange family time or time with friends to visit the nearest point you wish to visit that day.  Your current eclipse glasses will not be good at that eclipse as the material evidently can be used for only 3-years if it has no fingerprints or scratches. Mine aren't very pristine after this eclipse. The newer ones will most likely be better anyway.

I hope the NASA NIght Sky Network gives us free ones again.


Irene Baron and Chuck Bruckelmeyer of the Zanesville Astronomy Club made a presentation in Elson Hall at Ohio University Zanesville on 17 August 2017. If you were there, you saw it was standing room only with more waiting in the hallways.
uring the events leading up to the eclipse, 500-eclipse safety shades donated by Google & Berkeley University of California were distributed during the August club meeting and during the OUZ presentation..


During the presentation activities, persons signed in at the main desk, Many signed up to become a club member. They were from New Straitsville, Newark, Baltimore, Norwich, Quaker City, Glenford, Shawnee, Nashport, Frazeysburg, East Fultonham, Dresden, Adamsville, Minerva, New Concord, Roseville, Westerville and Zanesville. That geographic distribution shows how important Zanesville has become in astronomy family education.

Our club membership is currently 238. Not too bad after only 4-years of existence. 

We would like to thank the Muskingum County community and surrounding areas for their enthusiastic support of astronomy and the Lewis Observatory. To have Ohio University Zanesville support us and provide access to the observatory is deeply appreciated. Persons associated with the University have been active with working behind the scenes, including the facilities department who provides the Campus Center rooms for our use and turns off the lights surrounding the observatory. Thanks to our members who may not arrive for all meetings, but keep their interest.



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Several of April participantsEleven-inch-Celestron-new-to-Jim









Lewis Observatory February 2014

Chuck viewing Jupiter

Chuck describes his telescope construction Karen & Irene examine new telescope








 Examining Chandra X-Ray images John & Jim examine new star chart










The Zanesville Astronomy Club is an affiliate member of the NASA Night Sky Network!  

The Night Sky Network is associated with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, the National Science Foundation and the Astronomy Society of the Pacific. The Network provides information to the public such as local/state/national events, astronomy activities for ages pre-school through adult, videos, games and other astronomy resources.

The mission of the Zanesville Astronomy Club is to provide public outreach about astronomy. Monthly meetings are held at the Lewis Observatory located adjacent to the Rogge Pavilion on the Ohio University-Zanesville campus in Zanesville, Ohio.  The 17-inch Newtonian reflector telescope in the observatory is used for celestial observations. Club organizers Chuck Bruckelmeyer and Irene Baron invite community members of all ages to enjoy viewing the galaxies, stars, the Moon and planets. Baron said, “To have such a large telescope available for the community provides a unique resource for families and amateur astronomers. I would hope citizens will continue to take advantage of the free observational opportunities available.” Baron said she is available to open the observatory for school classes, scout troops and community/service organizations. She is also available as a public speaker to discuss past and current astronomy events, reminding that Comet ISON is arriving this winter.

 The URL addressfor the Night Sky site access is:  Information about the local organization may also be found through the Zanesville Astronomy Club Facebook page and web site.

Individuals, schools districts, teachers and community organizations wishing to receive the monthly electronic Zanesville Astronomy Club newsletter are asked to send an email request to:

Citizens are reminded they may take advantage of computers at the public libraries in gaining gain access to all club and affiliated electronic astronomy sites

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Zanesville Astronomy Club Event Calendar from the Night Sky Network.