The Spoutwood Farm Observatory was founded in 1994 by Fred Ruof. An ardent astronomer since 1948, Fred’s continued support has made it possible for Spoutwood Farm to exhibit several telescopes in an intimate, yet professional setting. The famous Frodo Straw Bale Building is the centerpiece of an elegant campus that continues to host the Evenings of Wonder Fred so passionately held for many years. Since September, 2010 Fred has resided in Texas, though the observatory he created remains a lasting monument to a lifetime of devoted skywatching.

Open Observatory Nights

Please watch our calendar for “Drop-In” monthly open observatory nights.

Group Visits

Groups may visit during mutually agreed scheduled times by contacting Observatory Director, Chris Carpenter.  Visits typically start before sunset and last for 2 – 3 hours.  Donation fees are negotiable.

In addition to our Observatory Director and Resident Astronomer we are very fortunate to have guidance and support from the following adjunct staff…

Chris  Carpenter – Observatory Director, Resident Astronomer
Adam Hughes – Electrical and Solar Power Engineer, Adjunct Astronomer
Andrew Busko – Program Developer, Adjunct Astronomer
Charles King – Telescope Technician, Maintenance, Adjunct Astronomer,
Harry Kimmel, III – Head of Astrophotography, Astronomer