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Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) continues with new investigative tools deployed both here on Earth and out in deep space. Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) are no more; we now have Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP). Walt Pickut is a scientific author and the author of the true story book, “The First Counterspy.” He is a long-term member of the Martz-Kohl Observatory and the perfect person to present recent factual findings as well as a bit of speculation. Walt says, “the answer is still out there!”

Visit the Martz-Kohl Observatory Online Store!

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The Martz-Kohl Observatory has partnered with Falconer Printing to provide merchandise with our logo.  Special edition Solar Eclipse Items are available for a limited time. A portion of all proceeds is donated to the observatory.

Martz-Kohl Observatory in partnership with Falconer Central School (home of the Golden Falcons) is holding a week-long Space STEM Camp for Chautauqua County rising students in grades 7-9 on July 15-19, 2024. Students will have a fun summer experience that is also academic. They will build new friendships and be amazed and inspired! Click here for more information.

The camp is meant to be provided at a very low cost, with only a $50 registration fee. It is primarily funded through local grants and supported by volunteers from the school and observatory. This second annual Space Camp is made possible with contributions of time and money from the Shults Auto Group, Wegmans, educators at Falconer Central School and members of Martz-Kohl Observatory.

Check Out Our Lecture Series Video Library!

We currently have a video library of over 40 presentations on a variety of topics, including the James Webb Space Telescope, black holes, cosmic origins, climate change, Mars rovers, astrophotography, telescopes, and even a doctoral defense. Speakers include NASA scientists, university professors in physics and astronomy, amateur astronomers, and observatory members.

Free Astronomy Books for Members

Members: Stop by the tables in the visitor center to pick up free astronomy books that are duplicates or have been culled from the library. Become a member!

Library Telescope Loan Program

Randolf Library training by MMMAA members

The Martz-Kohl Observatory participates in the Library Telescope Program which places telescopes in local public libraries, allowing general access to portable telescopes that can be put into circulation just like a book. The goals of the program are to help foster scientific literacy, to stimulate interest in astronomy, enable people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery, and to provide a valuable asset for libraries.

Telescopes and accessories include an Orion Starblast 4.5″ telescope with zoom eyepiece, red flashlight, planisphere (night sky map), observers guide, moon map, and manuals. The telescopes are easy to use, robust, and are modified to make them more durable and patron friendly. MMMAA members have provided hands-on training for library staff to ensure they are comfortable with the telescope and are able to answer basic patron questions. Reminder: NEVER look at the sun with a telescope unless you have a special solar filter and have had instruction on its use.

Currently, telescopes are available at Kennedy Free Library, Falconer Public Library, Randolph Library, and the Myers Memorial Library in Frewsburg. A telescope for the Warren Public Library is under construction.

Visitors Welcome!

The Martz-Kohl Observatory is happy to host groups, large or small! Scouts, school classes, civic organizations, clubs, and groups of family and friends are invited to experience the wonders of the night sky. Our mission is to inform, educate and inspire the general public and support teaching in the sciences of astronomy and physics. Groups can use our contact form to obtain more information. Use our event calendar to learn about lectures by educators, scientists, astronomy & space professionals, as well as observatory members — which are open to the public.

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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.