East Dome at the George Observatory
The George Observatory is located in Brazos Bend State Park and is owned and operated by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. There are three domes with 14”, 18” and 32” telescopes, and FBAC owns the 18” telescope housed in the East Dome. Every Saturday evening is open to the public who pre-purchase tickets online at www.hmns.org.
If you are a first time volunteer and you'd like to help in the East Dome, you have to become a George Volunteer FIRST!. Email Tracy Knauss or Hannah Lange, and sign up on SignUpGenius as a "guest". Once at the George Observatory, your first task is locate Hannah or Tracy. They are in charge of the Observatory and there is mandatory paperwork that needs to be filled out. For the time being you will have to sign in (the time you got there) and sign out when you leave on paper. You will have to undergo a background check. There are no exceptions to this. Once you are in the system and you have spent a few hours at the George (~20hrs), you'll be given a "George Observatory" photo HMNS badge of the current year. You will also be able to sign in and sign out via the volunteers computer based on your phone number. One of the "perks" of volunteering at the George is that once you have the badge you can get free admission into HMNS Main (Hermann Park), and HMNS Sugarland.
The East Dome, as well as the others a minimum of three (2-3) volunteers - A trained and certified telescope operator, a trainee/trained telescope operator and one or more volunteers to discuss what is being viewed in the domes, discuss astronomy, and staff the door and answer questions. Contact Lee Higgins and/or Liz Prochnow (East Dome Committee Co-Chairs) as they can help coordinate getting you registered as a George Volunteer.
Signing up on the George Observatory SignUpGenius is strongly recommended as is the East Dome SignUpGenius
Links to East Dome Information
- East Dome Volunteer sign-up @ SignUpGenius
East Dome Upgrades and Remodel
- East Dome 2010 / 2011 Remodel and Upgrades
- Photo page of 2010 / 2011 Remodel and Upgrades
- East Dome Upgrades 1989 through 2008
- 18" Mirror Cleaning - August 2002
18" Telescope before the East Dome