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Police: Astronomy equipment stolen from John Rudy observatory

Police are searching for an  11-inch Celestron Nextstart C11 GoTo Black Telescope with attached black tripod and Orion Scope finder. Photo courtesy of Northeastern Regional Police.

Northeastern Regional Police are investigating the theft of equipment and telescopes from the York County Astronomical Society Observatory at John Rudy County Park last week.

The department said in a Facebook post that multiple telescopes and attached equipment were stolen, including these three items:

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• An 11-inch Celestron Nextstart C11 GoTo Black Telescope with attached black tripod and Orion Scope finder.

• An orange 8-inch Celestron C8 SCT Optical Tube Assembly.

• A white 8-inch Harden Deep Space Hunter DSH-8 Newtonian DOB.

Police are searching for an orange 8-inch Celestron C8 SCT Optical tube assembly. Photo courtesy of Northeastern Regional Police.

Police said the observatory in the East Manchester Township park was burglarized by forcible entry. Sgt. Arthur Archambeault said the burglary happened the night of Sept. 11.

He estimated about $5,000 in equipment was stolen.

Police are searching for a white 8-inch Harden Deep Space Hunter DSH-8 Newtonian DOB. Photo courtesy of Northeastern Regional Police.

Todd Ullery, the society's planetarium director, said insurance will cover the loss of the telescope, and no future events have been impacted.

The next public star watching event will be held at the park from 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call police at 717-266-6195. 

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect start time for the next star watching event. This story has been updated.