1950s

1957
Regular meetings of astronomy enthusiasts in Fort Wayne area

1959
Fort Wayne Astronomical Society was incorporated.


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1960s-70s

1961
The Society begins using the farm land located near intersection of Dupont & Lima roads for club activities.

1963
Construction is completed on the first observatory and it is opened to the public.

1978
Creeping light pollution from street and security lights caused skies to become less than desirable and the observatory was moved from its original location to Fox Island County Park in southwest Fort Wayne.


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1980s-90s

1994 - May 10 annular eclipse


2000s

2006
Beginning of Star*Quest project to plan for next 50 years of operations

2009
Celebration of 400 years of invention of the telescope

2010
Donation of the Advanced Coma Free 16” telescope to the Society by Richard Johnston

2011
The observatory was removed from Fox Island because of creeping light pollution, and restricted horizon due to tree growth. A new astronomical observatory design is planned for Jefferson Township Park site that has better south dark skies and a superior horizon.

2017
Grand opening of the Star*Quest Observatory in May

The August 21 eclipse draws a shadow across the U.S. and a crowd to downtown Fort Wayne to witness event with the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society.