Can I also bring my own telescope and set it up?
You could, but it is not recommended. There is limited space on the Observation Deck. You would also have to set up, view, and pack up your telescope within the one hour of your Stargazing timeslot. Other visitors may also assume that you are part of the Observatory and want to use your telescopes. For the best Saturday Stargazing experience, we recommend taking advantage of the programming offered by our Astronomy experts (we generally have 2 domes open, sometimes all 3, 3-4 deck scopes, plus someone doing laser constellation tours). You are welcome to set up your telescope on the hill after your timeslot is over, or elsewhere in the park.
What items are prohibited at the George Observatory?
Light up shoes, white light flashlights, phone flashlights, flash photography, and open-toed shoes are all prohibited at the George Observatory. Only bottled water is allowed on the Observation Deck, no other food or drink is permitted.
What happens if the weather is bad?
The George Observatory staff checks for weather on Friday and Saturday morning, prior to the Saturday stargazing. If it’s going to rain, we CANCEL. We make every effort to cancel no later than Saturday morning. We email every ticket holder on the email they used to book to give them instructions for rescheduling. We also update the website and our Facebook page. If it’s cloudy, we GO AHEAD. We have fabulous images and presentations of objects captured at the George, using the equipment there. When it’s cloudy, we still set up all the monitors and show those images. We give tours of the dome, explain the telescopes, and do other fun things!
Can I get a refund if the weather is bad?
In the event of cancellation, funds are credited to their HMNS account, and can be used at any of our 3 locations. To use funds placed on account or request a refund to your card, call our Advance Sales line at 713-639-4629. Overcast sky is not a reason to get a refund after the program starts, as we still deliver a program.
I am no longer able to attend Saturday Stargazing and wish to cancel my tickets. Can I get a refund?
To cancel your tickets in advance and receive a refund, please call our Advance Sales line at 713-639-4629 no later than 5:00 pm on the date of your tickets. After the event date, tickets are non-refundable.
How much are tickets to the George Observatory?
Saturday Stargazing tickets are $10 for everyone ages 3 and up. The park entrance fee for Brazos Bend State Park is charged separately.
What benefits does my membership get me at the George Observatory?
Members receive discounts for Saturday Stargazing twice a year for the entire month, special events such VIP Starry Night, Family Rocket day, etc., and in the George Observatory Gift shop.
Can I buy my tickets there? Do you guys accept cash?
Everything requires advance ticket purchase – we do not sell tickets onsite. You can purchase tickets online or by calling 713-639-4629. No cash is accepted in the gift shop, credit cards only.
Does Saturday Stargazing happen year-round?
Yes! We offer either 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm timeslots roughly mid-March to early Nov OR 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, and 9:00 pm roughly early Nov to mid- March (changes with daylight savings time and the sunset). Tickets are typically available beginning 2 months in advance
Do I need a ticket to attend Saturday Stargazing tickets and what is included?
Yes, in order to access any of our programming (inside exhibits, scopes, domes, observation deck), advance ticket purchase is required. During a regular stargazing visit, patrons will get programming in the telescope domes and on the observation deck. They can also visit the indoor exhibit area, museum store, and watch a short movie in the classroom. We now offer a combination of viewing through telescope eyepieces, and camera-assisted viewing (cameras connected to the eyepiece, which allows for clearer images and deeper in space.) Volunteer and staff experts are always available to explain what you’re seeing.