The Muskegon Astronomical Society operates an observatory located in the Muskegon Wastewater system. Our facility includes the William DeVette Astronomy Education Center (a.k.a. the clubhouse), where we meet year around. We have our 16'x20' roll off roof observatory, which houses a 12" Newtonian fork mount and a 24" truss-tube telescope. We also have a new 12' roll off roof observatory, which houses a Celestron CPC 1100. We share our facility with the Muskegon Community College, which operates a 16" LX-200 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope in their 16' Ash dome.
Go 9 miles East on Apple Ave. to Maple Island Road. Turn left on Maple Island Road and drive 2.1 miles north. Past White Road. On your right you will see two sign tablets, marking the entrance to the wastewater. Go thru the entrance gate and drive 2.1 miles east. One mile past the wastewater offices. You will see our observatory on your right.
For driving directions, click the customized link to Google Maps. If you use other mapping web sites or software, you might find our street address listed in the white road subdivision (if at all). In that event, find Maple Island Road and White Road, then go north on Maple Island a block or so to the wastewater entrance. From there, you still need to go thru the entrance gate and drive 2.1 miles east.
Open houses are scheduled events hosted by members. All visitors are welcomed. There is no charge. We will be viewing the night sky with our telescopes. As we wait for night, we might give a tour of the facility or do a presentation. We’ll try to introduce you to amateur astronomy and have plenty of handouts on how to get started.
Feel free to bring your own telescope. We’re here to help you get started and make adjustments. Our viewing pads have electrical outlets.
If an open house is cloudy, it’s cancelled. If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event.
Come equipped. Flashlights can be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities. Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons. While the clubhouse has heat and A/C, the rest of the facility is open to the night air.
If you wish to visit our facility at another date and time, wish to bring a group to an open house or wish to schedule a special open house, please contact us via before the next regular meeting so we can schedule the manpower needed.
Panorama Images for Planetarium software
Site Improvement Project
As you may be aware, the Muskegon Astronomical Society has been renovating buildings at our facility. Couple years ago we finished the interior of the clubhouse. Not long ago we put new shingles on the clubhouse. We've just finished rebuilding the big roll-off roof observatory and have converted the old club dome into a new roll-off roof observatory. A handful of dedicated members have generously donated time, cash and materials to the Site Improvement Project, but the society is still in need of funds to help defray construction costs. To make a donation, click on the following PayPal button:
If you have any questions, contact the
Copyright © 2005 Muskegon Astronomical Society, Inc.
This web page was last updated 08/08/17