The Musk Observatory

The Musk Mars Desert Research Observatory is equipped with a Celestron 14-inch CGE1400 telescope generously donated to the Mars Society by the Celestron corporation. Other sponsors include: Le Sueur Manufacturing Inc. which provided the Astro-Pier on which the telescope is mounted, Software Bisque which provided The Sky software, Vince Lanzetta of East Coast Observatories who provided a Sirius Dome at a severely discounted price, Adirondack Video Astronomy which provided the STV Deluxe and ST2000XM CCD Cameras at a discount, High Point Scientific which provided the focal reducer and powermate at a discount, Technical Innovations which provided the Robofocus at a discount, and the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Association, which provided the critical expertise to make the observatory a success.


MDRS Astronomy Team

Peter Detterline
Astronomy Lead


Gary Becker
Astrophotography / Education


Randall Dunning
Maintenance / Astronomy SupportDave Fisherowski
Research and Development


Haritina Mogosanu
Astronomy Public Outreach


Barak Stoltz
Training / Website


Thomas Wilson
Research Proposals

See our Musk Observatory Astrophotos



Please contact Peter Detterline if you have any questions.I wish you clear skies on Mars!