Frequently Asked Questions

Dear New Member,

Welcome to the Houston Astronomical Society (HAS)!  Below is your membership manual in email form. 

HAS Monthly Meetings: HAS currently holds all meetings via Zoom and/or Facebook. The General Membership presentation is held the first Friday of the month at 7PM. The Novice Meeting is the first Thursday, also at 7PM. To get your registration link, be sure to sign up for the email list at https://astronomyhouston.org/Email

New Member Orientation: President Joe Khalaf conducts a new member orientation several times a year. Following his talk via Zoom, he also answers your questions. Sign up for the email list at https://astronomyhouston.org/Email to learn about the next orientation.

HAS Website: Some great benefits of membership are unlocked only when you log into the website. If you signed up online, you created a username and password when you set up your member account. If you didn’t set up your own account, or if you’ve forgotten your password, then you can reset your password here: https://www.astronomyhouston.org/content/member-access. Happy exploring!

HAS Email List: Most members rely on the HAS email distribution list to get emailed timely news about club events like star parties, telescope training, outreach events, and socials. Others use this email list to discuss astronomy or ask questions about equipment. You can subscribe to the HAS Email List here: https://www.astronomyhouston.org/content/Email

Private HAS Facebook Group: Our private Facebook Group is a great way to share photos, swap stories, and ask questions in a familiar, simple to use format. It also includes a mentorship program where you can connect with a more experienced member. And if you’re brand new to the hobby, we have a growing number of astronomy skills units, including videos, that novices find helpful. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstronomyHouston and click + Join Group.

HAS is Social: Sure, HAS is on social media! In addition to our private Facebook Group, HAS hosts a public Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/HoustonAstronomicalSociety/, a Twitter account (@HoustonAstroSoc), and we’re on Instagram (astronomyhouston).

HAS Loaner Scopes: No scope? No problem! Borrow one of a garage full of loaner telescopes before you take the plunge and buy your own. Loaner telescope training is scheduled throughout the year and a brief how-to operate overview is given during delivery of your loaner scope at the monthly meetings.

HAS Programs: If you have an interest in a particular aspect of astronomy, we probably have a program or Special Interest Group for you. Event notices for all programs go out via the email list, but also check the website events calendar for the latest.

HAS SIGs: SIGs are Special Interest Groups that meet via Zoom to discuss various aspects of astronomy. They are the Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG) moderated by Stephen Jones, [email protected]astronomyhouston.org, the Astrophotography Special Interest Group (APsig) moderated by Don Selle, [email protected]org, and the Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA SIG), moderated by Carlos Arieu, [email protected]. Contact any of the moderators to get info about the respective SIG.

HAS Dark Site Observatory: The HAS Dark Site Observatory is located 80 miles west of Houston in the dark skies of Columbus, Tx. An online orientation is required that gives you access to observing pads with nearby electricity, picnic and camping areas, restroom and shower facilities, and separate bunkhouse rooms for men, women, and families. No scope? Reserve one of the loaner telescopes housed onsite. Experienced members are also candidates to take training on the permanently mounted telescopes of the HAS Observatory. This is astronomy heaven close to home.

I hope you find membership in the Houston Astronomical Society as rewarding as I have. If you aren’t finding your place within HAS, please let us know. We’ll help you connect.

HAS Membership Team
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