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August 24, 2019, 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!

September 06, 2019, 6:30PM: Sept HAS Monthly Meeting

Trini Mendenhall Community Center

Meeting room open at 6:00pm. Come join us for some social time before the Novice Meeting at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

General Meeting: 7:15 PM

HAS Master Observers Panel Discussion

 

The Astronomical League Master Observer award is a goal that many amateur astronomers hope to acheive. It is the culmination of an individual’s dedicated effort to learn astronomy and know the night sky, hands on at the telescope.

HAS is priviledged to have seven current members who have acheived this prestigeous award. Several of them will share with you their experiences and the challenges they faced in order to receive this honor.

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Amelia Goldberg

I joined HAS in 1980 after getting a 13.1” Colter telescope. My first observing program was the Messier List. Amelia is the kind of person who needs a structured observing program – a list to follow.

Amelia received the Texas Star Party Lone Stargazer Award in 1999 and the Astronomical League’s Master Observer Award in June of 2006. I love doing outreach and received the League’s Master Outreach Award in March of 2018.

 

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Doug McCormick

Doug McCormick, has enjoyed the hobby ever since his childhood interest was rekindled by a college astronomy class and the comet Hale-Bopp in the 90’s. Doug has been a member of the Houston Astronomical Society (HAS) since 1998 and had the honor of earning HAS’s first Master Observer Award, MO #48 in 2005. 

Doug enjoys a variety of astronomical pursuits, but probably enjoys visual observing of the deep sky with his 22” F/3.6 reflector the most. 

Doug is currently a member of the HAS Board of Directors, a member of the HAS Observatory Committee, and the HAS Astronomical League Coordinator. 

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Brian Cudnick

Brian's interest in astronomy dates back to the 1970’s but really picked up speed in the early 1980’s when he received his first “real” telescope, a 2.4-inch refractor, for Christmas.As a student worker while attending Northern Arizona University Brian assisted Gene and Carolyn Shoemaker with the Palomar Asteroid and Comet Survey and was working with them when Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered in March 1993.

Since 2001, Brian has been the Physics Laboratory Manager at Prairie View A&M University where he has been recently working to open the new Prairie View Observatory Complex later this summer. The observatory will include an existing solar telescope and two new domes housing Meade 16-inch and PlaneWave 24-inch telescopes.

 

 

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Stephen Jones

 

When Stephen was six years old, his dad Stan Jones, gave him 60mm Tasco refractor and started trying to teach him to use it.  Having limited success, Stan looked for help and found HAS.  Stan’s efforts lead him to take up astronomy himself and aquire 10” Meade SCT. Stan was a regular out at the HAS Dark Site with Stephen enthusiastically along for the ride. 

Later in life, Stephen rekindled his interest in astronomy, and with a 6 inch dob from the HAS loaner program, then later a 10 inch dob and a 16 inch dob rebuilt using the mirrors from his dad’s scope, he completed the requirements for the Master Observer award. 

Stephen has served three years as Field Trip and Observing chair of HAS, and started to conduct Novice Labs at the Dark Site, which he still currently does for our novice members. 

 

 

 


Novice Presentation – 6:30 pm. Doug McCormick
Observing the Moon

1414 Wirt Rd, Houson, TX 77055

                  Free parking in the lot in front of the TMCC

Meeting Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center

September 07, 2019, 8:00PM: Discovery Green Star Party

September 10, 2019, 8:00PM: Westbury Community Garden Star Party

September 21, 2019, 4:00PM: Observatory Training

Training covers opening and closing the observatory, operating the 12.5”  f/5 and C14 telescopes, 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 telescopes
  • Use of emergency procedures

Check training prerequisites here: Observatory Training Prereqs. Questions about training? Contact Rene Gedaly at [email protected]. To RSVP for training, contact Observatory Director Christopher Ober at [email protected]

September 21, 2019, 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 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:

7:30-8:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

8:30-9:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:00-11:30 - 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!

September 28, 2019, 8:00AM: Land Sea & Sky Swap Meet and Demo Day

October 08, 2019, 7:00PM: Loaner Scope Training

Training on the use of HAS Loaner Telescopes will is scheduled for October 8, 2019 at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center (where the HAS December 1414 Wirt Rd.

Training will start at 7:00 and run to 8:30 PM in a classroom assigned by the TMCC Staff. As you walk in to the Center, look at the room listing board to see which room this will be held in.

This will be a hands on training for the basic tools you need to begin serious astronomical observing. Included in the training will be the nomenclature of telescope parts, setting up the Dobsonian telescope and aligning the finder and Telrad. Also included will be star charts and how to read them, Telrad operation and use, star hopping (by star chart), and newtonian telescope collimation. If you wish to be attend the training please email HAS Loaner Scope Chairperson 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 the class.

Additionally, if requested, instruction on the basics of setting up a GEM (Gerrman Equatorial Mount or polar mount) can be arranged. If this is desired please let Allen know in your email  requesting a spot in the training.

Allen Wilkerson

[email protected]

November 01, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Monthly Meeting

Meeting Notice to be Updaed 

December 06, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Holiday Pot-Luck and Meeting - Trini Mendenhall Community Center

Meeting Notice to be Updaed 

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