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|WHO ARE WE? We are a small independent privately owned facility in Mountain Gate, CA. which is about 40-miles north west of Los Angeles overlooking the San Fernando Valley where we engage in Lunar, Planetary research and study with our 1960 A. Jaegers 6-inch refracting telescope along with providing on astronomy to the public.
WHO IS GEORGE H. LUTZ? Mr. Lutz was a very well known astronomer and telescope builder in the 1920s-30s. Mr. Lutz was involved with professor Ritchey in the early stages of design and construction of the Ritchey Cretien reflecting telescope system which is widely used today.
In addition to his work with professor Ritchey, Mr. Lutz designed and built a 36-inch reflecting telescope incorporating an optical coasting of his own
design which was feAtured at the 1939 World's Fair in Chicago, IL. Mr. Lutz also wrote a book "Marvels of the Universe" 1938
DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? Yes like many observatories we always have plans to expand our facilities along with being very active in the astronomy community. We are an active member of several astronomy forums along with our activities at both Facebook and MySpace.
THE OBSERVATORY: We use a small facility at a private home that is owned by a school. We have two telescopes which one being a refractor and the other is a dobsonian. In addition to this web page, we may be found at both Facebook and MySpace.
NAME CHANGE: We might call ourselves the MT. LUTZ OBSERVATORY since our facility sits atop of a hill. A Lutz family member suggested the name too.
VOICEMAIL: For our telephone number there is no voicemail but you may text message us.
EMAIL: There is no public email address.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership is free. You may simply join us by becoming a member of either our MySpace or Facebook page. After you join, we will place your name on our "Observatory Members" page here at this website.
BUILDING PLANS: Yes we do have plans to either expand our existing facility or possibly build a science center along with the observatory or branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. We find the design of Frank Lloyd Wright's home "Falling Water" as one design concept for either a future science center or observatory.||0||0|
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