Three Domed Telescopes create a stunning view of the night sky!
Used for inquiry and education, our Observatory telescopes - 36", 18" and 14" in size - allow both amateur and professional astronomers to conduct research, while visitors gain first-hand knowledge of the beautiful and awe-inspiring sights of the night sky.
The 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope is one of the largest telescopes in the US that is regularly available for public viewing. Recently, a new 11-inch, F 15 refracting telescope, donated by Preston and Donna Engebretson of Houston, Texas, was mounted on the Gueymard 36" (.9 meter) RC Tinsley Reflector.
Depending on the time of the month and the season of the year, visitors are able to observe a variety of phenomena, such as Saturn’s rings, cloud belts on Jupiter, a partial or total eclipse of the Moon, a bright meteor or fireball that lights up the ground, the Milky Way, or a close pairing of two planets.
**Please note that due to necessary repairs and maintenance of our 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope, a new 11-inch, F 15-refracting telescope — donated by Preston and Donna Engebretson of Houston — has been mounted in that dome for continued viewing. All three large domes are now open for the summer.
At 5 p.m., weather permitting, telescope tickets become available at the George Observatory Gift Shop. For $5, stargazers can look at the night sky through George Observatory's telescopes, far away from the light pollution of the big city. It is truly a sight you won't want to miss.
Tickets to view the night sky from the George Observatory telescopes go on sale at 5 p.m. at the George Observatory Gift Shop on a first come, first serve basis. Because stargazing is weather dependent, tickets may only be purchased in-person. In the event that the weather's not working for us, tours and talks by our expert astronomers are still available. Telescope tickets are $5.