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During the summer months, observatory tour guides provide assistance looking through a variety of different telescopes, from small portable scopes often used by amateurs, up to research-grade telescopes installed at PMO. Volunteer tour guides also educate visitors about the various sky objects observed, discuss current topics and technologies used in modern astronomy and cosmology, and answer visitor questions.

The observatory is always in need of volunteers to help with educational programs and particularly the weekend tours for the public. Our tour guides have a range of experience. Amateur astronomers are welcome and basic training will be provided.

To learn more about volunteering, contact Alton Luken, Operations Manager, Pine Mountain Observatory, ph. 541-382-8331, email You’re also welcome to express your interest in volunteering when you visit for a weekend tour.

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