Stargazers Rejoice: Telescope to be Dedicated Near Geary

By Connie Burcham

The Kirkpatrick Telescope at the Cheddar Ranch Observatory will be dedicated June 16 at the ranch between Watonga and Geary. This day – or night, rather – has been a long time in the making, according to Mike Brake, observing coordinator for the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club.

Brake said about 10 years ago, the club put out feelers, looking for a parcel of land on which to build an observatory. Because many of the 50-yearold club’s members especially enjoyed stargazing in the dark skies near American Horse Lake, inquiries were made in this area.


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