Upcoming Star Parties

February 2017

March 04, 2017, 5:00PM: WSIG hosts Amy Jackson at Dark Site

The WSIG will host our Friday night speaker, Amy Jackson of Starry Night Austin, at the dark site.

March 18, 2017, 6:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothes, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

7:00-8:00 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

8:00-8:30 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

8:30-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

March 25, 2017, 5:30PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 7:36 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. Contact me if you want help.

*** THIS IS MESSIER MARATHON NIGHT AND 50 OBJECTS ON THE 45 ARE VISIBLE. CLEAR SKIES. PLEASE. ***

April 15, 2017, 7:00PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:45-11:00 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

April 22, 2017, 6:30PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 7:57 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. Contact me if you want help.

Rain Date: 29 April 2017

May 20, 2017, 7:15PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 8:15 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. Contact me if you want help.

No Rain Date due to Texas Star Party

June 17, 2017, 7:30PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 8:28 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. Contact me if you want help.

Rain Date: 24 June 2017

July 15, 2017, 7:30PM: WSIG Observatory Training

Ladies, get trained on the observatory telescopes! Learn to use the 12.5” diameter f/5 reflector and the 14” diameter C-14 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. This is training so it’s on unless it’s totally clouded out or raining.

That’s not all, let’s continue on the HAS Texas 45! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand. The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 8:28 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. It’s required before taking Observatory Training. Contact me if you want help.

Rain Date: 22 July 2017

August 26, 2017, 7:15PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:45-11:00 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

September 16, 2017, 6:30PM: WSIG at Dark Site for Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 7:30 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Note: If you haven’t completed the online dark site training, it’s time! Contact me if you want help.

Rain Date: 23 Sep 2017

October 14, 2017, 6:30PM: HAS Weekend Star Party!

Details TBA, but it’s going to be BIG. (Last Quarter Moon)

Already know you want to pitch in? Contact ReneG@astronomyhouston.org.

Rain Date:  21 Oct 2017 (New Moon weekend)
Rain Date 2:   11 Nov 2017 (3rd Qtr Moon)
Rain Date 3:  18 Nov 2017 (New Moon)
Rain Date 4:  Better luck next year!

November 11, 2017, 4:00PM: WSIG Texas 45

Ladies, let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand. The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 5:32 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

Rain Date: 18 Nov 2017

November 11, 2017, 4:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothes, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

6:30-7:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

7:30-8:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

8:00-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

December 09, 2017, 5:26PM: WSIG at Dark Site to Complete Texas 45

Ladies, get in those last few objects to receive your HAS Texas 45 certificate and pin at the January 2018 meeting!

Bring binoculars or your telescope or come as you are. The observatory will be open with one or two telescopes reserved. We’ll also have telescope operators in the parking lot to give you a hand.

The evening will kick off with a laser tour of the evening’s brighter objects. If you need a hand operating your own telescope, come early. Sunset is 5:27 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.

RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org so we know how many helpers to have on hand. And let me know if you need to caravan to the site.

No Rain Date

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