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October 01, 2022, 12:00PM: Cancelled. Observatory Training

*** Training Postponed ***

Training covers opening and closing the observatory, operating the Celestron C14 telescope, and securing the building in case of emergency. After a short dinner break, students will reconvene to demonstrate competence in these areas:

  • Understanding the burden of responsibility for the facility
  • Documenting  "as found” and “as left” condition of the observatory
  • Proper startup and shutdown of the C14 telescope
  • Use of emergency building procedures

Check training prerequisites here: Observatory Training Prereqs. To sign up for class, watch for my email to go out via [email protected] and respond to Observatory Director Christopher Ober at [email protected]. The first six RSVPs will be added to the roster.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chairperson

October 12, 2022, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

October 19, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

October 24, 2022, 12:00PM: 2022 Eldorado Star Party, October 24-29, 2022

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the South Central US.
Planning to attend? Let’s make it a HAS Field Trip! Email [email protected] to help get things started.
-Rene Gedaly, HAS Field Trip & Observing

2022 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party
HAS field trip!
Apr 24-May 1, 2022 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU Aug 25–Aug 28, 2022 Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Sep 23–Oct 1, 2022 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party October 24-29, 2022 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

November 09, 2022, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

November 16, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

November 19, 2022, 12:00PM: HAS Annual Picnic

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Thank goodness for HAS! Let’s celebrate with a pre-Thanksgiving picnic followed by some of our old favorites, like a telescope petting zoo and who knows what else. This is prime night weekend so I’m putting in the order for clear, crisp skies now. Details to come, but save the date.

Rene Gedaly
Field Trip & Observing Chair

December 14, 2022, 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.  We won’t be able to have everyone share my scope, but if you have a scope of your own I can help you get started, or if not you can just enjoy the dark sky with your binoculars or naked eye and just begin learning your way around the constellations.  Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect 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:

5:30-6:30- detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
6:30-7:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
7:00-9:30 - time to observe! I will be available to assist anyone to practice locating objects with their scope, my scope, or binoculars. 
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 [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

December 14, 2022, 7:30PM: VSIG Meeting via Zoom

Interested in visual observing?  Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG). Come to discuss your own observing projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding visual observing, or just hang out and listen.  All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.  Zoom meeting info will be sent out via the VSIG email list server.  Just sent me an email at [email protected] to get on the list. Clear skies to you all!

-Stephen Jones – VSIG Moderator 

December 21, 2022, 7:00PM: HAS EAASIG Meeting

Join the monthly Zoom meeting of the HAS Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) Special Interest Group (SIG). Come to discuss your own EAA projects, get advice from seasoned observers regarding EAA "observing", EAA equipment, or just hang out and listen. All knowledge and skill levels are welcome.

Email [email protected] for more information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

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