Heber Doust Curtis Memorial Telescope - Portage Lake Observatory
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US
N 42° 24.180 W 083° 55.472
17T E 259321 N 4698666
Quick Description: This observatory has been long retired. It remains as a memorial to Hebor Doust Curtis
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 7/18/2008 5:05:38 PM
Waymark Code: WM47MC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member az_pistolero
Views: 23

Long Description:
The Atronomy department of the Universit of Michigan purchased land for an observatory. On the east parcel, a telescope and supporting residence were constructed. This observatory was referred to by the name “Portage Lake Observatory.” After 16 years of use, the telescope was sent to Chile. The observatory was abandoned and a new observatory was built along with a new telescope. Later the telescope was moved to Kitt Peak and this observatory was also abandoned. The land reverted to the Department of Forestry (ending the Portage Lake Observatory).

Observatory Purpose: Research

Optical / Infrared Telescopes?: No

Radio Telescopes?: No

Solar Telescopes?: No

Open to the Public?: No

Is this a Club Observatory?: No

Public Viewing Allowed?: No

Active Observatory?: Retired

Number of Telescopes or Antennas: 1

Site URL: [Web Link]

Year Dedicated or Opened: 1945

Altitude (meters): Not Listed

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