History 

In 1998, a beautiful Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope was donated to AOA by a student’s family.  A science teacher at that time, Barb Caseau, determined that this telescope would need to be housed in an observatory to best utilize its learning potential.  She was able to secure funds from an environmental science grant donated to AOA by Dr. Mastin.  The Mastin Observatory was built with these funds in 2000 and was used for many years by Barb Caseau for her astronomy classes.  In 2017, the observatory and telescope needed some repair.  A student, with a love for astronomy, asked her family to donate the necessary funds to clean and upgrade the observatory.  With the support of teachers and administrators, this student was the driving force behind the improvements and eventual opening of the observatory for monthly outdoor observing sessions.
 
 
Today

The year 2020 marks the twentieth anniversary of the construction of the observatory on AOA’s campus.  An anniversary celebration is currently being planned for all astronomy enthusiasts and supporters.  There are also plans to start an astrophotography club.
 
Inside the Dome

10” Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain f6.3 Polar Mounted Telescope and 8” Meade Newtonian Reflector
 
Camera

ZWO ASI224MC and Canon EOS/Rebel DSLR
 
 
 
2020-2021 Outdoor Observing Sessions

These sessions are open to people of all ages within the AOA community and the surrounding neighborhoods. A mask is required for all in-person sessions.
 
Sunday, October 4, 2020
  • Introduction to Astrophotography - 7:00 pm, AOA Community Room
  • Join us virtually for this presentation on Zoom.
  • Observatory open from 7:45 - 8:30 pm, weather permitting
Friday, December 4, 2020
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration
  • Join us virtually for this presentation on Zoom
  • Observatory open from 7:45 - 8:30 pm, weather permitting
February, 2021
  • How to use my telescope - 7:00 pm, Community Room
  • Bring your own telescope and ask questions about how to best utilize your equipment
  • Observatory open from 7:45 - 8:30 pm, weather permitting
  • April/May, 2021
  • Middle School Presentations - 7:00 pm, Community Room
  • Join us virtually for this presentation on Zoom
  • Observatory open from 7:45 - 8:30 pm, weather permitting
Observatory Supervisor

Lucy Kulbago is currently a science and math teacher at AOA.  She has taught astronomy courses at John Carroll University.  She is supported by Dr. Jeff Kriesler, instructor at John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University, and John Augustine from Chagrin Valley Astronomy Club.

Questions? Contact Lucy at lkulbago@andrewsosborne.org.

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