John H. Witte Observatory


John H. Witte Observatory
18832 152nd Ave.
Sperry, IA 52650
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Activities at the Southeast Iowa Astronomy Complex are conducted by members of the Southeastern Iowa Astronomy Club. Club members, after completing a training and apprenticeship program, operate the telescopes for public and private groups. The Southeastern Iowa Astronomy Complex consists of three separate observatories. The John H. Witte Observatory, housing a 12 inch Alvan Clark and Sons refractor was the first. The telescope was originally donated to the Burlington school system in 1937 by John H. Witte Jr. a local businessman and amateur astronomer. Several years later the Prugh-Carver observatory was built to house Mr. Witte’s personal telescope, an eight inch refractor made by J. W. Fecker in 1931. The latest addition, the Stone-Kelly observatory, contains a 16 inch classical cassegrain made by Ealing Optical.

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