Observatories at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery


The Apollo Observatory is located on the north-west end of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and is accessible through the lobby of the Museum and a side door on the north-west corner under the dome. The original building and the 50cm telescope located in the dome were designed with the advice and guidance of the MVAS. The Observatory was built by the Museum using grant money from local foundations and labor and materials donated from local businesses. The second floor of the Apollo Observatory contains a large meeting room where monthly meetings and social gatherings are held. Adjacent to the meeting room is the MVAS library where members may check out most of the holdings for their use. The 50cm telescope is also located on the second floor, just to the south of the meeting room. A glass wall permits casual inspection of the telescope by visitors, although the entire observatory is open for public viewing on each clear Friday of the month (weather permitting).

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12 inch f/11 refractor

JUNIOR OBSERVATORY AND TRAINING STATION Directly north of the Apollo Observatory is the Junior Observing and Training Station, more commonly called the Junior Observatory. Built in 1971, primarily by young member volunteer labor, this medium sized unheated building with its roll-off roof shelters five permanently mounted telescopes: a long focus 8" Newtonian reflector, a short focus 8" Schmidt-Newtonian, a short focus 12" Schmidt Newtonian, a 10" Cassigrain, and a 5 1/2" refractor. These telescopes are used for public observing sessions conducted by the MVAS and Museum.