AEP Recreation Lands

Members set up for a night of observing.
Members set up for a night of observing.

The management of American Electric Power has graciously made land available to the Columbus Astronomical Society for astronomical use. A private access road leads directly to the observing area. The 35-acre site is located within AEP’s Recreation Land in Morgan County. From downtown Columbus, it is about a 1 hour 45 minute drive to the observing site.

Society Member Jason Hissong took this photo of IC1396 from Grieser Field
Society Member Jason Hissong took this photo of IC1396 from Grieser Field

Dark skies are typical for Grieser Field, with only three small “light domes” on the horizon from Zanesville (northwest; 30 miles away), Marietta (south-southeast; 35 miles away), and the small town of McConnelsville (south-southwest; about 7 miles away).

Overnight observing is permitted at the site. You will need to bring your own camping gear, food, power source, and other provisions for the night. There are no restrooms or potable water sources at the site. The nearest “civilization” will be in McConnelsville where there are grocery stores and some fast food establishments. You can also conveniently pick up supplies in Zanesville or some of the other small towns on your way.

 

Clear Sky Clock for Grieser Field