The Lima astronomical society is fortunate to be able to maintain the Schoonover Observatory, built in 1964 with an ASH dome. The observatory is owned by the city of Lima and has recently seen some renovations.
Betelgeuse disk showing a dramatic change in how it looks to us. Most likely spewed out a massive layer of dust that is blocking part of the disk or another massive grouping of starspots (sunspots). Hard to say what it could be but I'm leaning towards the dust layers as this is normal for a massive red Supergiant in it's old age.
This Friday February 7th, 2020 is the monthly meeting of the Lima Astronomical Society at Schoonover Observatory at 8:00pm. This is an important meeting as we are still working with the city to get the dome motors replaced and the beginnings of building the Dark Sky Observatory.
The program will be Professor Bryan Boulander of the Ohio Northern University College of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He will speak on the growing problems of "Light Polution"
The dome is still closed due to motor problems. If the weather is clear we will have a telescope or two on the observing deck for viewing. ...