Welcome to the High Plains Astronomical Society Home Page. We are a student/community group of amateur astronomers. One of our projects is the development and operation of the Clyde Tombaugh Astronomy Center located on the Dodge City Community College campus. Click on a topic below for more information.
Construction of the Clyde Tombaugh Astronomy Center began in 1994 after a $13,000 grant was awarded by the DCCC student senate. Combined with additional community fundraising, a 10 foot diameter dome was erected and outfitted with a 10" Meade LX-200 Schmidt-Cassagrain telescope.
In the Spring of 1996, additional fundraising allowed the construction of a 12.5 foot diameter metal dome (Ash Dome, Inc.) mounted atop a 16' x 16' block building. This building has recently been outfitted with a 12.5" Parks Optical Newtonian/Cassagrain HIT telescope.
Astronomy is a popular subject at DCCC. This is due in good part to having the Clyde Tombaugh Astronomy Center located on campus, as well as having an active amateur astronomy club--the High Plains Astronomical Society.
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CTAC board of directors: Everett Mills, chairman, Fred Casterline, Valarie Dyer, Dennis Ernst, and John Phillips. Web page design by John Phillips.
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