How to Volunteer

You Can Operate the Big Telescope at the Fred Bay Observatory

Our members volunteer to open and operate the observatory at Hisey Park for the public on behalf of the Warren County Parks Department.

All Warren County Astronomical Society members are invited to participate. You’ll be trained by experienced members and paired up with them at public events to help you learn how to:

  • Open and close the observatory
  • Set up the telescope
  • Operate the computerized telescope controls
  • Troubleshoot issues with how the telescope operates

We also provide talking points about objects that are in the sky each month so you’re well prepared to help visitors experience the night sky.

Your Commitment

  • Complete two training sessions (held quarterly)
  • Volunteer at two public WCAS events, working with another volunteer, during the next 12 months.

Your Benefits

  • As a trained volunteer, you will receive a key to the Fred Bay Observatory. This enables you to schedule and conduct your own public viewing sessions in addition to the monthly WCAS events.
  • You get direct access to the advanced optics and precision tracking available with the telescope in the Fred Bay Observatory.
  • You interact directly with the public, sharing your love for and knowledge of astronomy, with our visitors and other members.

Volunteer Today

Ready to learn how to use the big telescope. Sign up here.