Welcome to the Martz-Kohl Observatory

Open Observatory Every Wednesday Night at 9:00PM.

Check out our calendar for a complete list of events.
Sign-up here for group reservations.


Board member, Tom Traub, used the 5″ Takahashi refractor telescope to capture the total lunar eclipse of Full Blood Red Flower Super Moon on May 15, 2022. A super moon is when it’s within 90% of its closest point to Earth. The red color of a blood moon is caused by the diffusion of the sun’s light into the shadow cast by the Earth.

Upcoming presentations in the Observatory Lecture Series.

We encourage you to come to the observatory to meet our speakers either in-person or virtually on our high-resolution, conference screen and join in our always lively Q&A after presentations. Later, if the weather cooperates, we offer tours and viewing opportunities. Click on the image for more info. You can view past lectures in our video library.

Live at the observatory – August 17, 2022
Live at the observatory – September 21, 2022

View images in our Galleries.

Lots to see and do at the Martz-Kohl Observatory


The Martz-Kohl Observatory is run by the Marshal Martz Memorial Astronomical Association Inc. a not-for-profit voluntary group of people interested in astronomy. The observatory is located in Frewsburg, New York in Chautauqua County, not far from Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake.