The Lamont-Hussey Observatory
Naval Hill, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Concise History and Current Research
Page compiled by ASSA Bloemfontein Centre
Contact Details and Links to other website
and archives
Recent discoveries
and news
If you would like to share with us any information you might have regarding the Lamont-Hussey Observatory - its past, activities, the people who worked there - please let us know!
Photo gallery
and sketches
and contact details
There are many components of the Observatory (e.g. telescope parts, books, records, devices etc) still scattered throughout Bloemfontein and even the country. If you recognize something that might have belonged to the observatory, again please contact us, it will be much appreciated.
Become part of
the research effort
Contact us for a visit
to the Museum
If you are interested in assisting us with the research on Lamont-Hussey, let us know! The Friends of Lamont-Hussey Observatory was informally established in 2002 and share in the knowledge and discoveries of the group.

Contact numbers

ASSA Bloemfontein Centre History Group: Gerrit Penning:
or Braam van Zyl:

Fire Station Museum: Contact Braam above if you would like to organize a visit to the Fire Station Museum where the 27 inch telescope's components are kept. Visit the website at

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA:
Visitors from Bloemfontein and South Africa are always welcome in Ann Arbor, and if you are in the area, let us know and visit the Department. Our regularly scheduled open houses are detailed at:


ASSA Historical Section: Contact Chris de Coning -


ASSA Bloemfontein Centre:

Fire Station Museum in Bloemfontein:

University of Michigan - Department of Astronomy History page:

University of Michigan - Department of Astronomy:

University Lowbrow Astronomers - Lamont-Hussey page - by Dave Snyder

Boyden Observatory:

The City of Bloemfontein: