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Lawshe Memorial Observatory

The observatory is located on the waterfront in historic Bayview, MI. There are no plans for any public viewing at this time, but the first clear sky clock below reasonably serves Petoskey and Harbor Springs. The second clock is near to the sister site in Texas.

IMAGE: The Moon

photos taken at the observatory in Michigan, and some taken in Austin, TX.

Observatory Equipment A partial list of equipment includes:

  • Orion Skyquest XT6 telescope. First Light 9/2001 in Austin TX, 27 May 2003 in Bay View, MI.
  • Orion Skyquest XT10 telescope**. First Light 24 May 03 in Austin TX.
  • Laptop computer*, running Linux and some form of Windows.
  • Cannon 35mm camera and mount*.
  • Logitech Quickcam 4000 Pro*. First Light 2/3 June 2003 in Bay View, 10 June 2003 in Austin, TX.

* – these items travel between locations. ** – the XT10 is located at the texas site. Custom motorized mounts are eventually planned. Resources

  • QuickCam First Light
  • Modifications of the QuickCam 4000 Pro for Astrophotography.
  • Index of all photos.
  • The author, her wife, and some family friends took a trip to the McDonald Observatory.


The Sky at the Observatories The Sky in Bay View, Michigan The Sky at Mansfield Dam near Austin, TX

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