The Columbus Astronomical Society (CAS) is central Ohio’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to the amateur study of astronomy. Since 1947, it has attracted members from every walk of life and all ages that share a passion for the night sky.
The CAS meets on the second Saturday (8 PM) of each month at historic Perkins Observatory near Delaware, Ohio. Visitors are welcomed to attend. Occasionally our meetings are held at a different location, so it is a good idea to confirm the time and place prior to departure. Perkins Observatory is located just off of Route 23 north of Columbus OH (about 10 miles north of I-270) and just south of Delaware OH (about a mile south of where 315 intersects 23).
Public Star Parties and Events
The CAS provides assistance each weekend with the public educational programs held at Perkins Observatory. CAS volunteers help in many ways on these busy nights including setting up their personal telescopes on the lawn, providing tours of the facility, and operating the 32″ Schottland telescope for the visitors.
The CAS periodically conducts public-oriented exhibitions away from Perkins. Many people get their first look through a telescope at these events. The programs also allow the public to discover more about amateur astronomy, including the wide variety of equipment that is used.
Astronomy and Photography Education
From time to time, CAS offers classes taught by experienced members and may include hands on opportunities with your own telescope. When courses are being offered, enrollment opportunities will be announced on this site. There may be a nominal fee for the classes and they are lots of fun!
Many CAS members are active in the craft of telescope making and will generously provide advice to beginners. Even if you only have a passing interest in this phase of the hobby, you will probably find some of the club’s creations fascinating
The imaging special interest group in CAS creates some of the finest astronomical pictures. And they are more than willing to share their extensive knowledge with anyone interested in the art/science. From advanced computer interfaces to image processing and beyond – the imaging SIG does a lot more than just eat.
Club members may apply for telescope time on a Celestron C-14, which is housed in the Little Dome. Access to the Little Dome and use of the C-14 is restricted to members who have been active in the CAS for at least six months