Built in 1984 by society members, the observatory is located about 25 miles south of Kansas City in Lewis-Young Park, just North of Louisburg, Kansas. At this location, skies are much darker than in the city. The observatory has one of the largest telescopes open to the public in a five-state area – the Ruisinger Telescope, a Newtonian reflector with a 30″ diameter mirror. In addition, the observatory has other telescopes available for public viewing. ‘It’s remote enough from the Kansas City area that the view is great!’
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!