About Us

Purpose Statement:

The purpose of the Lima Astronomical Society shall be to promote and stimulate interest in astronomy and related sciences; provide education in astronomy and related sciences; operate and, in conjunction with the City of Lima, maintain facilities at Schoonover Observatory; conduct research in astronomy and related sciences; and seek funding to facilitate the above activities.

 

How we strive to achieve this Purpose:

Schoonover Observatory

The society meets monthly, on the first Friday of every month at 8:00 PM at the Schoonover Observatory.  Our meetings are open to the public. At our meetings we provide speakers or pre-recorded videos on an astronomy or science related topic. After the program, if the weather permits, we open the dome and observe almost anything beyond the earth’s atmosphere. We commonly view planets, the Moon, stars, star clusters, galaxies, nebula, comets with our 14″ telescope. We also view satellites and meteors without optical aid.

 

In the summer we open the dome every Friday night for public viewing. During this time we continue to offer programs on the first Friday of the month.

 

Members also provide additional opportunities for the public to view at other times based on arrangements made with society members. We also host other outreach events that include looking at the Sun through a solar filter and some of the planets while the sun is up.

 

Officers and board members

President – Eugene McCall
Vice President – Dave Humphreys
Treasurer – Randy Wapperom
Corresponding Secretary – Sherry Graham
Recording Secretary – Darrell Craft
Board Members at Large – Mark Casazza, Michael Ritchie, and John Joseph.