What’s Up?

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut, Martz/Kohl Board of Directors When friends ask a stargazer what they see when they look up at the sky on a clear, starry night, the answer is easy: Everything! That’s just another word for the Universe, the entire universe of everything that exists. Now that’s sightseeing! With the naked eye, […]

Recreating an Observatory

Submitted by Walt Pickut, Martz Observatory Board of Directors The Martz-Kohl Astronomical Observatory is proud to announce the ongoing work of Phase II to renovate the observatory’s control room as its new, state-of-the-art operations center, build an “outdoor” telescope viewing station within the existing observatory complex by installing a weather-tight roll-off roof over an elevated […]

A Sky-full for June

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut The Martz/Kohl Observatory in Frewsburg welcomed noted astronomer Dr. James LoPresto to its new lecture hall facility on Wednesday evening, May 27, to address a full house of local residents and guests from out of town to hear his entertaining and informative lecture on the history, mystery, technology and astronomy […]

Students to Shoot the Moon – and More

“The system works great,” said Tom Traub, one of Martz Observatory’s volunteer astronomers after a recent visit to Frewsburg High school. “Just a few more wrinkles with security firewalls and we’re home.” Traub and his Martz colleague, John Anderson, have taken the school system’s Internet security very seriously in helping to design a simple, turn-key […]

Wolf Moon Rises

There’s nothing like a cold, clear January night for stargazing, as long as you dress warmly or spend your night in the warm, friendly control room at the Martz Observatory in Frewsburg. January, 2015, will start with a special viewing treat for skywatchers around the world. On January 4, the Moon was directly opposite the […]

Observatory Thanks Donors, Invites New Members

On Wednesday, November 19, in spite of a blizzard bearing down across Western New York, more than 40 community leaders, educators, members of the Martz Observatory and local residents gathered to celebrate completion of the newest phase of the observatory’s expansion program. Representing NY State Senator, Catherine Young, (unable to attend due to travel conditions) […]

Second Observatory Dome Installed

Contributing Writer Walt Pickut, Board of Directors, MMMAA The Martz Observatory is proud to announce the installation of its second dome to house the Kohl Telescope, generously donated by Dr. Ronald Kohl of Lakewood and relocated to Martz’s newly expanded facility in Frewsburg through a generous grant recently awarded to the Martz Astronomical Association. With this new […]

We Can Almost See it From Here

Contributing Writer Walt Pickut Board of Directors, MMMAA Once again, the science of astronomy and a pioneering spacecraft have delivered a big surprise from far out in deep space. Ten years ago the European Space Agency launched a spacecraft named Rosetta on a long chase trajectory that would take it a billion kilometers from home, […]

The Observatory Goes to School

Contributing Writer Walt Pickut Board of Directors, MMMAA Space is the 21st Century’s newest and hottest frontier for business, industry, travel and soon, even tourism. Space is leading the coming revolution in education and employment. Schools are gearing up for this new demand with a new curriculum called STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. As […]