Lima Astronomical Society
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The Lima Astronomical Society was founded as the Lima Astronomy Club in 1952 by Herbert Doughty , a seventh grade student.Herb obtained the names of people who checked out books from the public library.He contacted those people and started an astronomy club.The Schoonover Observatory is located in Schoonover Park , Lima , Ohio.The observatory became a reality in 1964 through the vision of the Lima Astronomical Society , the philanthropy of the Thomas R. Schoonover family , and the cooperation of the city of Lima.Club members ground the optics and constructed a 12.5 Newtonian Cassegrain telescope.This telescope was replaced by a 14 Celestron.For 35 years the LAS has provided educational programs and maintained the observatory.
Membership in the Lima Astronomical Society is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy or science in general.
All members have full voting rights. After 6 months new members can become key members with full access to Schoonover and Shoup Observatories.