Local Dark-Sky Public Observatory
Prairie Grass Observatory at Camp Cullom, a few miles southeast of Mulberry, has a 28" telescope, one of the largest in the state. It is located in a rural, dark-sky location for far better viewing than is possible in the city of "deep-sky" nebulas and galaxies. The observatory has other excellent telescopes (including the WVAS 7" APO refractor) that are used for public viewing. The observatory is owned and administered by the same group that runs Camp Cullom, the Clinton County Foundation for Youth, a United Way agency. WVAS provides technical and man-power support of this facility. The observatory is available for group or public observing events. For information on the observatory, including a schedule of upcoming events, click here or contact Russ Kaspar or John Mahony.
Each year we co-sponsor a star party with several other area groups: the Indiana Family Star Party. The event is open not only to astronomy enthusiasts but also the general public. We schedule at the last new moon before school starts to have a great time in the summer before we all start the fall school and work grind. Pictures from this past year's event are located here.