Central Appalachian Astronomy Club








 Exploring the wonders of the universe! 

























Good Hope Observatory


The Good Hope Observatory is owned and operated by Joe Gonzalez, President of the Central Appalachian Astronomy Club, who are partners in education with many Educational Institutions. The Observatory is available to anyone interested in astronomy and education including but not limited to science clubs, amateur astronomers, and educators. Arrangements for project or visitations can be made by contacting Joe Gonzalez at (304) 669-3555. 


The Observatory is located in southern Harrison County in the community of Good Hope, WV, on US Rt. 19, about 10 miles south of Clarksburg. This offers a good dark sky location. Coordinates of the observatory site:
North American Datum (83) 39 10' 04.45" N, 80 26' 24.15" W at average mean sea level of 1125.6 feet.


The Observatory has a 15 foot diameter dome with a 45inch shutter that offers an excellent aperture from 5 off the horizon to 24 inches beyond Zenith. It is manufactured by Ash Manufacturing Co. who has a long history in dependable observatory domes of all sizes. The dome is powered by two heavy duty electrical motors for 360 rotation on azimuth in either direction, and to for shutter operation, along with a lower fold out panel. The dome is located on a 16x16 foot building with 5 ft. walls with one door. The observatory interior is finished with insulated walls, carpeted floor and four corner desks and independent lighting in white and red. 


The Telescope


The telescope is a Meade 16" F/10 LX 200 GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain with a Takahashi 4" FS-102 II, and a Williams Optics Zenithstar 80mm F/6 riding piggy-backed. The scope is pier mounted on a special fully adjustable pier with a super wedge.


Other scopes; 12 F/10 LX 200 Schmidt-Cassegrain, 6.5" William Mogey & Sons Refractor (Under Restoration).


Coronado Max Scope 60 (0.5 A) for SAFE solar observing!


The telescope is complemented with a large assortment of lenses ranging from 50mm to 6mm with many other accessories for visual observing of the Solar System and Beyond!



For Astronomical Imaging we have a wide variety of cameras and accessories including



Canon 20Da (DSLR)                 



ST-9 CCD Self-Guiding Imager   


S-BIG STV CCD Imager / Auto Guider






Astrovid Cameras for Video Imaging;

  Planet Cam

  Stellcam II

  Astrovid 2000


All of this makes the Good Hope Observatory a truly
state-of-the-art facility for the amateur astronomer
and the serious researcher! Call and come visit us.





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