Milwaukee Astronomical Society

 

Historical Archive 1932-1939

Our story starts in September of 1932 when the MAS was formed in the middle of the Great Depression. By the end of the decade the MAS will be firmly established with an observatory on 1.1 acres outside Milwaukee in the Town of New Berlin.  

MAS Grounds 1938

Observatory grounds in late summer / early fall of 1938.

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Observatory Aerial "Field of Dreams" - Observatory surrounded by corn fields.

Observatory Dedication

Observatory Dedication - 1938

Observatory Dedication

Observatory Dedication - 1938

Observatory Dedication

Observatory Dedication - 1938

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Luverne Armfield's backyard

13 inch telescope

Luverne E Armfield's 13-inch telescope. This is the original "A" Scope that will be installed at the new Observatory in New Berlin in 1938.

1933 - Armfield's 8 in in his backyard

1933 - Luverne Armfield at his 8-inch reflector in his backyard.

Coordinated Meteor Observing

Coordinated meteor watching in Armfield's backyard. Note the microphones and headphones. Armfield is at the eyepiece, Ray Cooke appears to be recoding something, and Ed Halbach has a folder in his left arm and a ruler in his right pointing toward the sky.

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Coordinated meteor watching in Armfield's backyard. From left to right: Ed Halbach, Luverne Armfield, Liebscher, and Ray Cooke.

Armfield at the 8 inch / f15

Luverne Armfield at the eyepiece of the 8-inch f/15 reflector at the observatory.

Observatory Dedication

Observatory Dedication - 1938

1933 - Armfield's Backyard

Backyard Star Party. In the backyard of Luverne Armfield's house in West Allis. This was the unofficial observatory location of the MAS until 1936.

Cooke, Loepfe, and Kliman

Ray Cooke, Joesph Loepfe, and Carolyn Kliman next to the 13-in reflector in Armfield's backyard.

Lynn Mathias Observatory

Lynn Mathias' Observatory

1934 Milwaukee Hobby Council

1934 MAS exhibit at the Milwaukee Hobby Council.

Ray Cooke Spectroscope

1934 - Ray Cooke's Spectrograph

1935 Milwaukee Hobby Council

1935 MAS exhibit at the Milwaukee Hobby Council.

1936 Milwaukee Hobby Council

1936 MAS exhibit at the Milwaukee Hobby Council.

1939 Star Trails over Armfield Observatory

Star trails over the Armfield Observatory in 1939



Armfield Observatory (A-Dome) Construction