Walter F. Barber JR Observatory

VillaRica1.JPG (115857 bytes) Observatory is on right side of road. Look for stonewall with an iron wagon wheel gate.

This facility - our only permanent observing site- is located on Tapley road, near Villa Rica, Ga. It was established in 1978 on an acre of land deeded to the AAC by the Barber family which continues to own a house adjacent to the property. Cleo and Walter F. Barber, Sr., deeded the land to the club in memory of their son, who was a longtime and active member of the club, but passed away due to illness in 1970 while in his 40s.

The facility is surrounded by a chain-link fence and includes the following:

A full-size, roll-off roof observatory building, which houses several scopes
A smaller "mini-observatory" which houses its own scope
A warm-up building (with chairs, electric heater and coffee supplies)
Several outside concrete set-up pads (each with electrical power) for members' scopes

FROM ATLANTA OR DOUGLASVILLE:

Take I-20 west to exit 24 (Carrollton and Villa Rica). Exit interstate and at end of exit ramp turn right onto GA 61/101. Proceed on GA 61. At the third traffic light, the road shrinks down from 4 lanes to 2 lanes. Continue straight through intersection. Road becomes GA 101. After approximately 1 mile, the road ends at a three-way intersection. Turn left. Proceed for 1/4 mile. Turn right onto Harlan Lane. Travel on Harlan Lane for exactly 2 miles. Turn left onto Tapley Road. Proceed on Tapley Road for 3/4 mile.

FROM MARIETTA OR DALLAS:

Take GA 120 west from Marietta to US 278. Turn right onto 278 and proceed on it for 2 to 3 miles to GA 61. Turn left onto GA 61. Head south on GA 61 to Douglas County line. Once you cross into Douglas County, the road will go up a hill. At the top of the Hill is a road on the right. Turn right onto Led better Road. Take Led better Road to the end. Turn right onto Harlan Lane. Proceed on Harlan Lane for exactly 1 mile. Turn left onto Tapley Road. Proceed on Tapley Road for 3/4 mile.

FROM CARROLLTON:

Take GA 61 east and north from Carrollton. Just after you cross over I-20, start counting traffic lights. The road will shrink down from four lanes to two lanes at the third traffic light. Continue straight through intersection. Road becomes GA 101. After 1 mile, the road ends at a three-way intersection. Turn left. Proceed for 1/4 mile. Turn right onto Harlan Lane. Travel on Harlan Lane for exactly 2 miles. Turn left onto Tapley Road. Proceed on Tapley Road for 3/4 mile.

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