In honor of Schoonover Observatory’s 50th anniversary this year, the Lima Astronomical Society is planning a three-day celebration on Sept. 12, 13 and 14.
On the evening of Sept. 12, the original founder of the Lima Astronomical Society — Herb Doughty — will return to Lima from his home in California to speak on a variety of subjects. On Sept. 13, an open house will be held at the observatory starting at 1:30 p.m., including a re-dedication of the observatory, remarks by current members and more. September 13 will also feature a black-and-white film about the history of the observatory, including remarks by current and past members, at the Elks Lodge on North Street in Lima. Wrapping up the anniversary celebration, members of the astronomical society will meet up Sept. 14 with a breakfast saying farewell to Doughty.