ZANESVILLE ASTRONOMY CLUB
Welcome to the Zanesville Astronomy Club (ZAC) homepage. An affiliate of the NASA Night Sky Network, ZAC has been a distinguished family-oriented and educational southeast Ohio organization since 2013.
The purpose of ZAC is to further interest in and promote the study of Astronomy and related sciences. This will be accomplished through workshops, lectures, publications, programs, instruction, newsletters to members and other relevant educational, scientific and literary activities. Members are often provided with handouts from NASA or other government organizations.
Our organization 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.
Our activities provide opportunities for the general membership to get together and participate in a variety of general astronomy-related issues.
We use the 17-inch Newtonian reflector, the 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, Ohio University Zanesville, 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.
Contact the Muskingum County Public Library for scheduled programs at the different facilities they operate. We provide FREE programs during the year. evenings or on weekend afternoons.
Membership 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 beginning at sunset. Meetings during inclement weather are held outdoors at the Rogge Pavilion on the OUZ Campus Center.
For information or to be added to the ZAC email list, send your full name, email address, city and state to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put ASTRONOMY CLUB as the email subject.
The Zanesville Astronomy Club was founded in May 2013 by Irene Baron. Club coordinators are Irene, Jon Bolen, Charles Bruckelmeyer and Gregorio Rinaldi. 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 occasionally inside the Campus Center.
Participants are invited to bring their personal telescopes to share with others. Dress for the weather. 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, International Observe the Moon and Ohio University.
|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: http://www.irenebaron.com/next_astronomy_event/|
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Night Sky Network Volunteer Award
The Zanesville Astronomy Club is always looking for volunteers to help at meetings, during off hours with cleaning and repairs, communications, leading workshops, etc. If you want to volunteer, let Irene know at the next meeting you attend. The top volunteers are awarded with a certificate and annual collectors pin. Irene is wearing her 2020 pin.