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December 03, 2020, 7:00PM: HAS Novice Presentation - Via Zoom

Novice to Novice

Advice, Tips and Tales About Getting Started in Astronomy

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Tonight we will hear stories of the triumphs and pitfalls of getting started in astronomy. Craig Lamison will lead off with his advice. Novices, please bring your questions and cautionary tales.  Experienced astronomers, please bring your expertise! Lets help each other and HAVE SOME FUN

Who should Attend?

We were all beginners once. We learned by doing and benefited from the experience others kindly passed on to us. If you are just beginning in astronomy, this presentation is for you. 

If you are an advanced astronomer bring your advice your wisdom your fables and tall tales. to share with others just starting out.  Relive your triumphs, your setbacks and learning experiences as you share them with others who are just starting out.

Most of all Join us to share stories about your love affair with the night sky.

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To Register for Zoom Meeting: Since we're all practicing safe social distancing, we have decided to bring our speaker to you virtually through the Zoom online meeting platform! You must register for this presentation in order to attend. You may do so by using the link below: 

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Please watch your email, as you should also receive an email inviting you attend. The email will include any up to date changes (if any) on meeting times etc. You may also register using the link in the email, however it is only necessary to register once.  

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 December 3rd!

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. The format has been changed a little bit for social distancing guidelines.  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 warm clothing, 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 or binoculars. 
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!

December 09, 2020, 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, 2020, 12:00AM: Great Conjunction of 2020: Jupiter and Saturn

It only happens once every 20 years, a great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. You especially don’t want to miss this one as Jupiter and Saturn will appear only 0.1 degrees apart from each other. They haven’t been that close since 1623—not a typo!

No need to wait. Track Jupiter moving closer to Saturn starting tonight. Look low to the southwest at nightfall. Here’s what Deborah Byrd at EarthSky.org says: https://tinyurl.com/y2low7x2

Watch this space. We will update with any plans HAS schedules for this truly once in a lifetime event. 

November 01, 2021, 12:00PM: 2021 Eldorado Star Party

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the south central US.
Email [email protected] to post information about other star parties.

2021 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party tba Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU tba Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex tba Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party November 1–6, 2021 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

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