Lowell Township, Michigan

James C. Veen Observatory

This observatory comes complete with three separate telescopes and a dedicated community of amateur and expert astronomers


The amateur-owned and operated James C. Veen Observatory has served as a public educational resource since 1970, and today remains a popular spot for families on Saturday evenings.

Constructed and maintained by members of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association (GRAAA), the observatory houses three permanently mounted telescopes: a 17-inch Newtonian reflector, plus 16- and 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrains.

Of these three, the two largest are available for public viewing nights, held by the GRAAA twice a month for much of the year.

Typically, a number of GRAAA members will also set up their own portable telescopes, and make themselves available for questions and discussion of the astronomical objects they are featuring, making the events as educational for novices as they are a treat for experts.

  • Address
    3308 Kissing Rock Ave SE, Lowell Township, Michigan, 49331, United States
  • Cost
    Admissions for public nights are $3 for Adults, $2 for 17 years and younger, and free for children under 5 years of age.
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