OREGON CITY — Clackamas
Community College and the Rose City Astronomers have entered into a unique
partnership to ensure that the Haggart Observatory continues to serve the college
and the general public. The local non-profit amateur astronomy club has agreed
to help maintain the observatory and open it for periodic public access.
Astronomers (RCA) is a nonprofit volunteer club dedicated to promoting the
enjoyment and education of astronomy to both members and the public. It is one
of the largest amateur astronomy clubs in the country and conducts public star
parties throughout the year, along with regular observing events for its
Observatory is named for Harold Haggart, a long-time resident of the Oregon
City area and a one-time professional telescope builder. As part of his
life-long interest in astronomy, he constructed a personal observatory attached
to his residence, which housed a sophisticated telescope of his own design and
making. His widow Darcy Haggart donated the hand-crafted dome to the ELC in the
late 1980s. The observatory opened to the public in 1989.
In recent years
the Haggart Observatory has been maintained by a group of volunteers and opened
to the public on clear Saturday nights. The observatory offers views of the
night skies through 24-inch and 13-inch Newtonian reflector telescopes.
will open the door for stargazers in the metro area to view distant galaxies
and star clusters through a powerful telescope at this unique local resource,”
said Bill Briare, dean of Arts and Science at the college.
The Rose City
Astronomers plan to begin offering regular public viewings at the observatory
this summer. The club will be charged a nominal fee for use of the observatory
by its members, in return for maintaining the observatory and conducting
periodic star parties.
“Our club is
excited about the opportunity to preserve this great community resource and
make it available for our members to explore the universe from such a
convenient location,” said David Nemo, director of observing sites for RCA.
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