Indian Hill Observatory:
Updated November 5, 2010
The 16" Stokes Reflector
Indian Hill Observatory, located in Huntsburg
Township Ohio, is home to The Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society's
16" telescope, pictured at the left, a 14" Dobsonian mounted on a moveable
platform and a 12 inch Meade telescope housed in a dome that was constructed
in Summer 2003. There are regular public nights through out the year
to educate the public about astronomy.
Click here for a
general overview map of Indian Hill Observatory. Click here for a detailed map to the observatory. Here's a Google map link. Our winter meeting location (the first Saturday of November thru April) is at Sunnybrook Preserve, a Geauga County Park.
Starting with Preparing the Site , follow the links at the left for a
photo history of the observatory construction.
Since our 1963 founding,
CVAS members had dreams of building an observatory at a dark-sky site
near the Chagrin Valley. That dream came true in May 1978 when longtime
member Ian Cooper met college professor, videographer and science enthusiast
Keith Richards at the Geauga County Fair. After some "shrewd negotiations"
by Ian, Keith invited us to his property in Huntsburg township. I was
there that first Friday evening in May 1978, observing magnificent dark
skies that were unknown to me living in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland.
The following weekend,
club members were on the Indian Hill site preparing it for what became
a 4 year project in building Indian Hill Observatory. While major work
was completed in 1981, the building has been upgraded over the years
with electricity, phone, an 8 inch Schmidt camera and computer controlled
Recent milestones include 1) our application
and approval of our tax exempt status and 2) purchasing the two acres
of obervatory land that we had been leasing from Keith since 1978. Major
projects in the next couple of years include expanding the parking lot,
improving the telescope operations and expand our public education programs.
Check out this these 2 CCD images taken through
the 16 inch telescope. M13, the image on the left was taken in
July 2002 and is a stack of 10, 30 second exposures, dark subtracted
and stretched with a mild unsharp mask applied. Camera is a Genesis
G-16 with a KAF1600 CCD. M27, on the right was taken in September
2002 and processed to bring out the color. Both pictures were
a collaborative effort between CVAS members Jim Brownfield and Marty