FBAC is an integral part of the operation
of the George Observatory located in Brazos Bend State Park, about 30 miles
southwest of Houston. Known by local astronomers as "The George", the
observatory is owned by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and has, not only
three domed telescopes but, the Challenger Learning Center that gives
participants an opportunity to be part of a simulated space mission.
The centerpiece of the site is the 36 inch Gueymard
Research Telescope, noted as one of the largest in the U.S. that the public has
direct access to on a regular basis. The 36 inch telescope is used routinely
for both amateur and professional research and is open to the public on Saturday
nights and on special occasions.
The two other domes, known as the east
and west domes, house an 18 inch fork-mounted reflector owned by the Fort Bend
Astronomy Club in the east dome and a 14 inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain in
the west dome. Both of these are also open for public viewing on Saturday
nights. In addition, the 18 inch reflector is used by FBAC members for
observations and for asteroid and super-nova searches. The FBAC asteroid search
team has discovered 400+ asteroids in the past few years. For more information
about FBAC research teams go to the Research Team page.
For more on club observing, go to
the Club Observing page.
George Observatory Clear
36 inch Gueymard
George Observatory at night
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