The Carlton Observatory Stolen Telescope Recovered

The Big Blue Is Home!
Help Us Repair The Telescope!


A week after being stolen, our trailer was found in a rural area near Sheridan. It had been abandoned and was up against a tree on a gravel road. There is significant damage to the trailer. The Unitron telescope is missing but the mount and tripod for it were still inside (the dummies!) We may never find another scope of that vintage and that caliber. The Big Blue was in there too and they were obviously in the process of taking it apart. Two of the finder scopes are gone and several other pieces are missing. Some damage is seen here and there but we took heart when we heard Forrest say “…heck, I built it so I guess I can fix it!”

Without the help of each of you who shared our posts and held us up with positive thoughts and prayers we probably would not have made it to this day. And we are so grateful to all the media outlets for jumping on the story so fast.

Many of you have asked how you can help so here is where we begin to repair Jupiter’s Inspiration together. It’s going to cost us significant money to repair and replace all the parts and pieces. By clicking on either of the donate buttons on this page, and donating as much as you are able, we can place that incredible mirror back inside the Big Blue, fix the trailer and perhaps even find a replacement for the Unitron. And when it’s ready, we will celebrate the return of this ambassador for science literacy and we will take it anywhere we are able, to do outreach, create awareness, and inspire all who look through it with the wonders of the night sky! Then, we will celebrate that day at a public star party and you will all be invited!!!

Every donation you make is 100% tax deductible because we are a 501c3 organization. If we raise more money than we need to finish the work on the trailer and the big telescope then all additional money will go directly toward the building of the Carlton Observatory Science Center.



This is our mirror that was not in the big blue telescope when it was stolen. 

Read More about the theft on Oregon Live
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