Mission of Organization

Friends of the Zeiss is dedicated to five primary goals:

I.  To preserve and maintain two historic scientific instruments and associated apparatus and artifacts originated at The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the City of Pittsburgh their legal owner:

A. Zeiss II Planetarium Projector, now the oldest operable major planetarium projector in the world; also, the "Worm-Gear" Elevator, custom-built by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, for raising and lowering the Zeiss II Planetarium Projector, the first elevator in the world specifically built and designed to raise and lower a planetarium projector.

B. Ten-Inch Siderostat-Type Refractor Telescope, one of the largest of its unique type; specifically designed for public use.

C. Associated apparatus and artifacts related to the operation of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

II.  To operate and/or display these instruments and associated apparatus and artifacts to the general public.

III.  To provide public programs in science education for the benefit of the citizens of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Western Pennsylvania. To promote the benefits of science to society and to encourage young people to consider careers in the sciences.

IV. To educate the public regarding the significance of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and these instruments and associated apparatus and artifacts to the history of science education and to the history of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Western Pennsylvania.

V.  To raise funds for the preservation, rehabilitation, maintenance, and operation of these instruments and associated apparatus and artifacts and for the operation of educational programs for the public.

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