Detroit Observatory

Detroit Observatory Built in Ann Arbor 1854, paid for by several Detroit Buisnessmen.
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This was the first major research facility at the University of Michigan. At the time of it's installation, the Fitz refactor was the third largest telescope in the world. For many years, the Meridian Circle telescope was used to set the railroad time for SE Michigan. Today, both the Fitz and the Meridian Circle telescope are in working order. On viewing Nights, the Fitz is available to the public to take a look through.

11/08/2019

Get your astronomy fix at Astronomy on Tap - Ann Arbor on Tuesday, 7 pm, Pizza House.

I just realized I forgot to post the pictures I took on Monday! 🤭
11/01/2019

I just realized I forgot to post the pictures I took on Monday! 🤭

Doesn’t look like much from the front, but from the side and back there’s a lot going on! Also, I wish I had a bit m...
10/22/2019

Doesn’t look like much from the front, but from the side and back there’s a lot going on!
Also, I wish I had a bit more of that maple in the frame. It’s a beautiful maize with blue sky!

Such lovely weather today! I was finally able to get a good picture of the construction. They’re moving along!
10/07/2019

Such lovely weather today! I was finally able to get a good picture of the construction. They’re moving along!

09/27/2019

Construction has started in earnest!

Unfortunately I was on a bus, so the pictures I took were awful. I’ll try and get a good one next week.

The fence has gone up. It's really happening!! (Also, it's a really big fence - you'll have to go around Cousins or Alic...
08/15/2019

The fence has gone up. It's really happening!! (Also, it's a really big fence - you'll have to go around Cousins or Alice Lloyd for a while...)

Clearing me the trees made way for a sunflower! I have no other updates though, except that everything that could reason...
07/23/2019

Clearing me the trees made way for a sunflower!

I have no other updates though, except that everything that could reasonably be removed is safely in storage.

I've been cleaning up files lately, and came across some from the @AntiqueTelescopeSociety visit back in May 2009 and I ...
07/11/2019

I've been cleaning up files lately, and came across some from the @AntiqueTelescopeSociety visit back in May 2009 and I though hey, that would be good to share for #throwbackThursday!
Guess that means it's been 10 years since the transit 'scope was turned. Time sure flies!

Somehow, it seems very odd to be able to see the clerestory window from Palmer.
06/28/2019

Somehow, it seems very odd to be able to see the clerestory window from Palmer.

Kind of a grey morning yesterday.
06/25/2019

Kind of a grey morning yesterday.

The outside is ready for construction. Still a few last things to take care of inside, and not much time left to do it!
06/07/2019

The outside is ready for construction. Still a few last things to take care of inside, and not much time left to do it!

19th century meets 21st century.
06/01/2019

19th century meets 21st century.

I don’t know whether to be excited or sad! Clearing the way for new construction that will allow us to do so much more...
05/31/2019

I don’t know whether to be excited or sad!
Clearing the way for new construction that will allow us to do so much more! 🤩
But oh the lovely trees. 😭
Only on the back side though!

Michigan Astronomy
05/19/2019

Michigan Astronomy

Good night Detroit Observatory. We’ll see you in two years! #astronomy #umich #history #renovations #aurevoir @ Detroit Observatory

Michigan Astronomy
05/19/2019

Michigan Astronomy

One last look through the Fitz at Arcturus #astronomy #antiqueobservatory #renovations #umich #history

A different bit of Michigan Astronomy history
04/30/2019

A different bit of Michigan Astronomy history

The Friends of Boyden's International Patron Dr. Pat Seitzer from Michigan University opened the Common Mirror exhibit last Friday in the Boyden Museum. This mirror was installed in A.A. Common's telescope in his backyard in Ealing to create the biggest telescope on earth in 1890. It was bought from his estate by HCO's Edward Pickering and eventually became the mirror for the 60 inch Rockefeller telescope at Boyden. Photos by Giel and Mart-Mari Duvenhage.

Hear what our museum studies students would like to see in the new space
04/17/2019

Hear what our museum studies students would like to see in the new space

Join us to hear presentations about some of the projects that this year's students in the Museum Studies Program have been working on. Tonight (April 17) students will present on their projects at the Detroit Observatory and Cobblestone Farm. Details below:

http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/event/msp18-student-capstone-presentations-2/

Cobblestone Farm and Museum Detroit Observatory

03/20/2019

🌷It’s officially spring! 🌷

Need some astronomy history? TODAY at the special collections library https://www.lib.umich.edu/events/special-collectio...
03/12/2019
Special Collections After Hours: History of the Stars | U-M Library

Need some astronomy history? TODAY at the special collections library https://www.lib.umich.edu/events/special-collections-after-hours-history-stars

Color woodcut depicting the movements and properties of Mercury, from Johannes de Sacro Bosco (ca. 1195 – ca.1256). "Sphaera mundi." Add: Gerardus Cremonensis: "Theorica planetarum." Venice: Franciscus Renner, de Heilbronn, 1478. Event Information Date & TimeMarch 12, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pmLoc....

Even the squirrels like it here! Getting ready for our last day of classes this semester
02/22/2019

Even the squirrels like it here!
Getting ready for our last day of classes this semester

An icy day for Astro 102
02/06/2019

An icy day for Astro 102

01/20/2019

Watching the eclipse tonight? DRESS WARM!
It may be a couple years before the next eclipse, but it isn’t worth frostbite!

Boyden Observatory and the Naval Hill Planetarium
01/18/2019

Boyden Observatory and the Naval Hill Planetarium

The mount and tube of the Lamont Telescope has returned to its home the Lamont-Hussey Observatory for display, after 47 years in service and 56 years in the veld.. Its former dome is transformed in the Naval Hill Planetarium, first digital planetarium in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Observatory was build in 1928 in Bloemfontein South Africa by the Michigan University for the study of double stars.

Happy Solstice! The Sun set as far south today as it will set all year. Tomorrow, more daylight!
12/21/2018

Happy Solstice!
The Sun set as far south today as it will set all year. Tomorrow, more daylight!

Happy anniversary Cincinnati Observatory!May you have 175 more years of historic astronomy!
11/09/2018

Happy anniversary Cincinnati Observatory!
May you have 175 more years of historic astronomy!

Phew, what an evening! Thank You to everyone who helped us celebrate our 175th Anniversary last evening! Today is our actual anniversary, but we're too tired to party...

We'll post pics from last night soon!

11/05/2018

We're postponing the viewing night at the Detroit Observatory in Ann Arbor until Wednesday this week. ☁️☁️ Fingers crossed 🤞 that the clouds actually clear!! 🌌 #astronomy #observing #telescope #umichHistory

Happy Halloween from the Detroit Observatory! Do you have a costume inspired by astronomy or UMich history? Please share...
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween from the Detroit Observatory! Do you have a costume inspired by astronomy or UMich history? Please share!

With a forecast like this, we won't be open tonight ⛈️⛈️
10/10/2018

With a forecast like this, we won't be open tonight ⛈️⛈️

10/08/2018

With much debate and handwringing, we've decided to cancel tonight. The humidity exceeds our limit, and dew on a 160 year old telescope is a very bad thing, so rather than risk shutting down just as the evening begins, we've decided to cancel.
We're keeping our fingers crossed for Wednesday, but the current forecast calls for thunderstorms.

10/08/2018

It’s gonna be another one of those weeks.
Today is our planned viewing night, but there’s a good chance it’ll be too humid. Our backup date is Wednesday, when thunderstorms are expected.
Given the uncertainty, I’ll make a final decision on trying for tonight at around 5 pm.

10/03/2018

We have a viewing night next Monday (weather permitting)!
Sorry I haven’t had time to create events for the fall viewing nights...

A foggy night means no observing for our Astro class, but it does mean strange and eerie reflections in the windows. Wha...
10/02/2018

A foggy night means no observing for our Astro class, but it does mean strange and eerie reflections in the windows. What’s outside and what’s inside?

09/26/2018

Just an hour and a half until we open for a viewing night!

09/24/2018

The weather looks terrible tonight, so we’re planning to use the Wednesday rain date this week!

Louisa was incredibly important to the preservation of this observatory and to it's being available to the public. We mi...
09/05/2018

Louisa was incredibly important to the preservation of this observatory and to it's being available to the public. We miss her.

We here at the Bentley have been saddened by the recent death of Louisa Pieper. We knew her as a frequent researcher of the BHL collections, as one of the first and longest serving docents at the UM Detroit Observatory, and as a cherished friend.

Over the course of a long and accomplished life, Louisa was a smart, vivacious, and astute advocate for uncovering and preserving our local, regional, and national histories. She championed public engagement with those histories, showing how a more complete understanding of the historical issues embodied in the structures and institutions around us could be leveraged to create a richer present and a better future. We will miss the interesting conversations about our shared passions, and her unquenchable good humor (that distinctive giggle!), but her kind voice and wise advice will continue to inform the debates going forward.

We count ourselves lucky to have known and worked with Louisa, and offer our heartfelt sympathies to her husband Al, her daughters Lisa and Gillian, and her enormous network of colleagues and friends.

08/30/2018

The fall schedule is up on the website! Hopefully I’ll have time next week to create events here...
#omgimnotreadyforclassestostart

08/23/2018

With light sprinkles already, and estimates of rain until 9:45, we’re calling it off for tonight.
Drat the Michigan weather! 😫

What is this green and yellow blob headed for Ann Arbor?!? That’s not supposed to be here tonight!!We may not be openi...
08/23/2018

What is this green and yellow blob headed for Ann Arbor?!? That’s not supposed to be here tonight!!
We may not be opening tonight after all

08/22/2018

Doors open 9 - 10:30 tonight at the Detroit Observatory in Ann Arbor! Get your free ticket to the telescope in the dome at the door by 10 PM!

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1398 E Ann St
Ann Arbor, MI
48109-2051

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

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