for the George Observatory's official Web site.
The George Observatory is located in Brazos
Bend State Park, which is about an hour's drive southwest of
here for Directions/Maps
Important Background Information
The observatory is open to the public every Saturday evening. In
addition to the observatory's three large telescopes, there are
usually a number of amateur astronomers present on Saturday evenings
with their own telescopes. You can look through all of the amateur
telescopes for free. To peek through the observatory's three large
scopes, you'll need to purchase tickets at the observatory's gift
shop. (Total cost $5.00. But remember: It costs $7.00 to
get into Brazos Bend State Park.) It's best to purchase your tickets
in the late afternoons as the tickets tend to sell out quickly.
What to Bring
- $7.00 per person to enter the park
- $5.00 per person to use the George Observatory's three large telescopes
- Mosquito repellent
- Layers of clothing during winter months
- A small flashlight* to use when you return to your car at night
(the parking lot is dark)
- Note the observatory and park each have gift shops, so you might
want to bring some extra money.
- If you bring a dog, keep it on a leash so as to prevent your dog
from getting too close to an alligator: Tragically, some overly
curious dogs have been lost this way.
* Note: If you bring a flashlight, please do not
use it near the observatory: The white light temporarily ruins people's
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