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April 02, 2020, 7:00PM: HAS April Monthly Meeting - Novice Presentation

 

All About Telescopes

Speaker – Debbie Moran – HAS Novice Chairperson

Zoom Meeting 

Since we're all practicing safe social distancing, we have decided to bring our April Novice meeting to you virtually through the Zoom online meeting platform!  The meeting is this Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 PM CDT, and to attend, you'll need to register using the link below.  Please register soon so we know how many people to expect.

 

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAod-isqD0rSsPlgT2KzpARx1c2NVr_tw

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  At 7:00 PM on Thursday (or a few minutes beforehand) click on that link to join the meeting and listen in on Debbie Moran's presentation.

 

Debbie's presentation, called "All About Telescopes," is a tutorial for the beginner just getting started with observing.  It will tell you everything you need to know about the different optical designs of telescopes, the terminology involved, how to choose eyepieces, how to use the different kinds of finders, and when and how to use filters, in short an overview of everything you need to know about telescopes.

 

We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, and once the presentation is over, we can open up the audio lines for more questions.  I'm excited that this we're able to get together in this fashion, and I hope you can join us then.  We hope to see you online with us on Thursday evening!

 

Regards,
 

Joe Khalaf
President
Houston Astronomical Society

 

April 03, 2020, 7:00PM: April 2020 Membership Meeting - Main Speaker Presentation

HAS April Membership Meeting

 via ZOOM

Vince Estrada-Carpenter

Galaxy Evolution in the Infrared

 

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Abstract – The field of galaxy evolution attempts to understand how galaxies form, interact, and cease their star-formation. In order to study how galaxies evolve, we must observe large samples of galaxies at different epochs in the Universe’s history. We can achieve this by looking deep into space and observing galaxies whose light has had to travel billions of light-years. Observing these galaxies is made easier with telescopes equipped with infrared instruments that allow us to study features in galaxies which would otherwise be unobtainable. My work focuses on using data from the Hubble Space Telescope to study what types of stars make up massive galaxies. Using these data sets I have been able to see how massive galaxies in the early universe chemically evolve, how their “ages” evolve with the universe, and how we can link their morphologies with their formation histories. 

Bio – Vince Estrada-Carpenter is a 5th-year Astronomy PhD candidate at Texas A&M University. His area of research is galaxy evolution, with a specific focus on understanding the properties of massive galaxies in the early universe. To do this Vince use a very specific type of data set (grism spectroscopy) which are available through the Hubble Space Telescope and, in the future, the James Webb Space Telescope and the Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope. 

Vince originally attended college to become an accountant, only to realize his true interest was in astronomy. After earning an Associates of Science in Physics from Austin Community College, Vince transferred to Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Physics. At Southwestern Vince did his first astronomy research project trying to measure the mass of a supermassive blackhole. Vince’s work in this field has earned him several fellowships and in 2019 he was named a NASA FINESST Future Investigator. 

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Since we're all practicing safe social distancing, we have decided to bring our April Speaker to you virtually through the Zoom online meeting platform!  Please watch your email over the next 48 hours, as you should receive an email inviting you attend, you'll need to register using the link in the email.  Please register soon so we know how many people to expect.

We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, and once the presentation is over, we can open up the audio lines for more questions.  I'm excited that this we're able to get together in this fashion, and I hope you can join us then.  We hope to see you online with us on Friday evening!

Joe Khalaf

President

Houston Astronomical Society

April 25, 2020, 7:30PM: 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 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:

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
9:45-11:30 - 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 12 am 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!

May 12, 2020, 7:00PM: Loaner Scope Training

Allen is back! Allen Wilkerson, Loaner Scope Chairperson, will conduct hands on training for the basic tools you need to begin serious astronomical observing. Included is nomenclature of telescope parts, setting up the Dobsonian telescope, and aligning the finder and Telrad. Also included are star charts and how to read them,Telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and Newtonian telescope collimation.
Date: Tuesday May 12, 2020
Time: 7–8:30 PM
Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center 1414 Wirt Rd. Classroom assigned by the TMCC Staff, so check the room listing board as you walk in.
RSVP: Email Allen Wilkerson at [email protected] to reserve your spot.The first 10 members to respond will be verified and contacted to confirm their spot in class.

Note: If requested, instruction on the basics of setting up a GEM (Gerrman Equatorial Mount or polar mount) can be arranged. Please let Allen know in your email that you’d like this training.

August 08, 2020, 7:30PM: 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 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:

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
9:45-11:30 - 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 12 am 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!

August 11, 2020, 7:00PM: Loaner Scope Training

Allen is back! Allen Wilkerson, Loaner Scope Chairperson, will conduct hands on training for the basic tools you need to begin serious astronomical observing. Included is nomenclature of telescope parts, setting up the Dobsonian telescope, and aligning the finder and Telrad. Also included are star charts and how to read them, Telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and Newtonian telescope collimation.
Date: Tuesday August 11, 2020
Time: 7–8:30 PM
Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center 1414 Wirt Rd. Classroom assigned by the TMCC Staff, so check the room listing board as you walk in.
RSVP: Email Allen Wilkerson at [email protected] to reserve your spot.The first 10 members to respond will be verified and contacted to confirm their spot in class.

Note: If requested, instruction on the basics of setting up a GEM (Gerrman Equatorial Mount or polar mount) can be arranged. Please let Allen know in your email that you’d like this training.

August 13, 2020, 12:00PM: UbarU Star Party 8/13-16

Members: Save the Date!

Let us hear from you! The 2020 UBarU Star Party is scheduled for August 13 - 16 and preparations are well under way. Astrophysicist Dr. Angela Speck, Chair of the UTSA Physics and Astronomy Department, will be one of our featured speakers at the event. Dr. Speck is also Co-Chair of the National Total Eclipse Task Force. We also have returning featured speakers: astrophysicist Dr. Amanda Bayless of the Southwestern Research Institute , and Dr. Kim Arvidsson, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Schreiner University. We expect to add at least one more distinguished speaker in the next few months.

In addition to the star parties, the event will include: astronomy lectures, meals, lodging, and more, all offered at our IDA-certified Dark-Sky Park facility in Mountain Home,
Texas. In order to maintain IDA Dark-Sky Park requirements and to reasonably accommodate those who participate, registration will be limited such that no more than 100 persons.

September 12, 2020, 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 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:

7:45-8:45 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.
8:45-9:15 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
9:15-11:30 - 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 12 am 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!

October 10, 2020, 6:30PM: 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 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:

7:15-8:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.
8:15-8:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
8:45-11:30 - 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 12 am 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!

November 07, 2020, 5:00PM: 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 insect repellent (if warm) or warm clothing (if cold), but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

5:45-6:45 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.
6:45-7:15 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
7:15-9:30 - 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 am 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!

November 10, 2020, 7:00PM: Loaner Scope Training

Allen is back! Allen Wilkerson, Loaner Scope Chairperson, will conduct hands on training for the basic tools you need to begin serious astronomical observing. Included is nomenclature of telescope parts, setting up the Dobsonian telescope, and aligning the finder and Telrad. Also included are star charts and how to read them,Telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and Newtonian telescope collimation.
Date: Tuesday November 10, 2020
Time: 7–8:30 PM
Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center 1414 Wirt Rd. Classroom assigned by the TMCC Staff, so check the room listing board as you walk in.
RSVP: Email Allen Wilkerson at [email protected] to reserve your spot.The first 10 members to respond will be verified and contacted to confirm their spot in class.

Note: If requested, instruction on the basics of setting up a GEM (Gerrman Equatorial Mount or polar mount) can be arranged. Please let Allen know in your email that you’d like this training.

December 05, 2020, 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 insect repellent (if warm) or warm clothing (if cold), 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 - 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 am 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!

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