In March of 1991, a small group of people with a passion for looking to the stars came up with an idea to unite those people in Northwest Pennsylvania with a common interest in astronomy. Those efforts led to the formation of the Venango County Astronomy Club, the predecessor of the Oil Region Astronomical Society, a group of men, women and youths who share their equipment and knowledge of the stars in an effort to promote the fundamentals of astronomy and space science. The group continues to work together, turning their eyes to the sky to ponder and discuss the universe in which we live.
Well over 100 businesses and individuals throughout the community, through donations of time, labor, materials, equipment, and funding have contributed to the construction of our home; the Oil Region Astronomical Observatory. We thank all of our contributors for your tremendous support in making the Observatory a reality. Major financial contributors include the Samuel Justus Charitable Trust, Edith C. Justus Charitable Trust, John Nesbit Rees and Sarah Henne Rees Charitable Foundation, the Mellon Trust, and the Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust.
The Oil Region Astronomical Observatory was constructed over a three year period by members of the Oil Region Astronomical Society and local volunteers. The observatory is located in Venango County Pennsylvania within Two Mile Run County Park. The unique building houses an 14 inch Meade SCT, one of the largest telescope available for public use in Northwestern Pennsylvania. A small ready room is attached to the 20 foot diameter observatory. A specially designed rotating roof rolls open 10 feet to allow astronomical viewing by the telecscope, as well as spectators. Major contributors
Directions to the observatory...
How to find us...
The Oil Region Astronomical Observatory is located in Venango Countys picturesque Two Mile Run Park & Justus Lake. The observatory is located in the Lockwood area of the park and is only a short drive from Oil City, Franklin or Titusville in the heart of Pennsylvanias Oil Country.
From Franklin: Take PA Route 417 north approximately 3 miles to the Y - intersection with Cherrytree Road. Veer right onto Cherrytree Road and drive approximately 3.5 miles. Lockwood and the observatory entrance are on your right.
From Oil City: Take PA Route 428 North 5.6 miles to Cherrytree Road. Take a left onto Cherrytree and proceed west through the park. The entrance to Lockwood and observatory will be on your left, approximately two miles past the park office.
Oil Region Astronomical Society Inc.
P.O. Box 1535, Oil City, PA 16301
Call: 814-437-2525 - Observatory Phone