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Historical Archive 1970–1979

The highlights of this period are the building of 12 portascopes, the start of the eclipsing binary program, the complete renovation of the A-Scope, and plans for a 26-inch telescope.  

Observatory about 1970 Portascopes
Observatory Grounds in 1975. From a postcard produced by the club. View from the SW looking NE.
Portascopes, 1974? From left: Jim Toeller, Paul Murn, Virgil Tangney, Ken Krahn, Bill Collins, Bill Albrecht, and Ed Halbach.
Eclipsing Binary Team - Gerry Samolyk & Gary Wedemayer Grazing Occultation result
MAS Eclipsing Binary Team. Gerry Samolyk (left) and Gary Wedemayer (right).
Grazing Occultation Results. From a very successful grazing occultation of Z-8200 on April 25-26, 1977.
Big Dipper over A-Dome 1979 - Ray Zit and his 14 inch reflector
Big Dipper over A-Dome. Photo by John Asztalos. April 1979.
Ray Zit with his 14.25" f/5 reflector on a trailer hitch fork mount. April, 1977.
Proposed astronomical observatory MAS Observatory around 1970
A Proposed Astronomical Observatory. 1977 appeal for support for moving the observatory with a new 26 inch telescope.
MAS Observatory about 1970. This is a very large photo that hung in the Quonset for many years.
Luverne Armfield - Professional portrait  
Luverne Armfield. Professional business portrait. Around 1970.