Martz Observatory: Watching the Universe Through One Enormous Eye!


Come to the Martz-Kohl Observatory at 7:30 on Wednesday evening, June 15, for a virtual tour of the Palomar Observatory in Southern California. Palomar’s 200-inch Hale Telescope is considered one of the most consequential scientific instruments of the last century. To look through it is almost like having a single eye 200-inches across. Come see the universe through Palomar’s eye.
Martz-Kohl’s special guest speaker on Wednesday, June 15 will be Steven Flanders, the Outreach Coordinator for the Palomar Observatory.
Steven’s presentation, “Palomar Observatory: From 1936 to Now,” will tell the amazing story of the remarkable men and women, the astronomers, of Palomar. The insights they developed over many decades, along with the work of other researchers in the global community, produced a series of discoveries and engineering innovations that changed our view of the cosmos.
Palomar Observatory, operated by Caltech, has been at the forefront of astronomical research for nearly 90 years! This world-famous observatory still operates every clear night and is an iconic facility for scientific advancement, instrument development, and student training.
In-person guests at Martz-Kohl atop Robbin Hill Road in Frewsburg, NY, will enjoy the advantage of meeting Steven virtually via our high-resolution conference screen and touring MKO’s observatory as well as Palomar’s, and sky conditions permitting, view the stars and planets through our telescopes in person.

Whether attending in person or on Zoom, please join in our always lively Q&A after Steven’s talk. To attend via Zoom, please go to, click on the “Palomar Observatory: From 1936 to Now,” picture, and any time after 7:15 join in the pre-talk chat time with members, other guests, and Steven.
Support Accepted

Martz-Kohl is an all-volunteer, non-profit association operated in the public interest. We never charge admission. Guest contributions, however, do help provide our operating costs. All contributions are appreciated: $5/ per adult and $2 for youth and students suggested. Or look for the donate tab online. It’s a public observatory because of generous public support.