Irene Worthington Baron



Welcome to the  Zanesville Astronomy Club homepage. An affiliate of the NASA Night Sky Network, the ZAC has been a distinguished southeast Ohio organization since 2013. The purpose of the ZAC is to further an interest in and promote the study of the subject of Astronomy and related sciences. This will be accomplished through workshops, lectures, publications, programs, instruction, and other relevant educational, scientific and literary activities. Members are often provided with handouts from NASA or other government organizations. 

The ZAC will educate the general public through monthly programs, workshops and star parties. Programs, lectures and other educational events cover astronomical phenomena such as planets, solar/lunar observing, seasonal constellations, comets, meteor showers, and deep sky objects.

The ZAC activities provide opportunities for its general membership to get together and participate in a variety of general astronomy related issues.  We use the 17-inch Newtonian reflector, Lewis Telescope housed in the Lewis Observatory located on the campus of Ohio University Zanesville. Club Coordinators donate their time and services to local schools, church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the YMCA, as well as to the general public. The Zanesville Astronomy Club has a program to assist members of scout groups with obtaining their Astronomy Merit Badges. For more information please send an e-mail to There will be two evening programs at the John McIntire Public Library in Zanesville in April in October 2018.

Zanesville-Astronomy-Club-Logo-White-on-blackMembership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. No equipment is necessary and no knowledge is needed. There is no age limit!  Members meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Meetings usually begin at sunset. Meetings during inclement weather are held in room 408 of the OUZ Campus Center at 7:00 PM. To be added to the email list, send your full name, email address, city and state to  Put ASTRONOMY CLUB as the email subject. 

The Zanesville Astronomy Club was founded in May 2013 by Irene Baron. Club coordinator is Charles Bruckelmeyer.  Observations and/or meetings take place at Ohio University-Zanesville by the Lewis Observatory located adjacent to the Rogge Pavilion at the north end of the OUZ parking lot or in room 409 of the OUZ Campus Center.  The pavilion provides seating. Restrooms are provided at the pavilion during summer months and inside the Campus Center at other times.

Participants are invited to bring their personal telescopes to share with others. Dress for the weather when outside. During winter we suggest participants dress in layers with thick-soled warm shoes, jackets/coats, hats and gloves.

We are affiliated with The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the NASA Night Sky Network, Distant Suns, and Ohio University.    



Monthly Meetings
Meetings are usually held the second Saturday of each month at sunset. Meet at the Lewis Observatory on the Ohio University Zanesville campus at the north end of the parking lot. In the event of inclement weather, we often meet in room 408 of the Campus Center 7 P.M. for an alternate program. Check the Facebook page for the latest information and/or cancellations at: