Telescope couple plans $10 million observatory in rural Yamhill County

Forrest Babcock and Janet Zuelke suffered a setback when their giant telescope was stolen. Now it’s back, and so are big plans to boost science education in Oregon.

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — A couple in Yamhill County—made famous by their telescope called “Big Blue”—is launching a $10 million campaign to open a space observatory and science center.

Forrest Babcock and Janet Zuelke have planned the Carlton Observatory for years, but could not find the right land—until now.

They are collaborating with the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, which is providing a plot of land next door on its campus for the observatory.


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