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Stellafane Observatory

North Springfield, Vermont
County of Windsor.
National Register Number: 77000107
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Education - research facility.
Congressional District: VT-at-Large Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 20, 1989):
Stellafane Observatory played a pioneering role in the development of amateur telescope making and popular astronomy in the United States. The site contains the original clubhouse of the Springfield Telescope Makers, Inc. (1924), and the first large optical telescope (1930) built and owned by that kind of amateur society; since their construction, both clubhouse and telescope have remained in continuous use and have been preserved essentially in original condition. Annual conventions held on the site attract thousands of amateur telescope makers and astronomers from many countries.


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