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March 04, 2021, 7:00PM: HAS Novice Presentation - Via Zoom

How to Set Up Your Telescope

 

 

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Are you new to astronomy? Well this talk is for you!

One of the coolest things about amateur astronomy is that you get to observe the universe with your own eyes! You get to learn the night sky, constellations, bright stars, and how the sky changes through the night and with the seasons. 

But wait!

Before you get to go exploring, you need to know how to set up and align your telescope and learn how to point it precisely on the sky and then have it track as the earth rotates and the sky “moves”. Most of us do not have the background knowledge to set up and use a scope without some difficulty, and reading the instruction book can only add to your confusion!

To help you out, some of our experienced astronomers will demonstrate how to set up your telescope, align your finder and get your scope working like clockwork!

 

Who should Attend?

Anyone who is interested to learn the basics of telescope set up and use. Even seasoned observers should consider attending this talk especially if you have been using one type of scope and are thinking of adding to your collection.

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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: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAld-6rpzkjEtYR_jQ2TQ-AdXcieBxQv2HQ

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 March 4th!

March 05, 2021, 7:00PM: HAS Monthly Meeting Presentation - Via Zoom

DIY Spectrography on a Budget

by: Lauren Herrington

AAVSO Ambassador and Webinar Coordinator

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Every star's spectrum carries a different pattern of spectral lines — information which can be decoded to study its temperature, surface pressure, and even the atoms it's made of. Using spectra, we don't have to take a long spaceflight to study the stars — in fact, we don't even need to leave our backyards!

While spectrography has been in use for hundreds of years, it's long been viewed as difficult and expensive, far out of the reach of amateurs. Nothing could be further from the truth! With recent advancements in technology, it's become possible for an amateur to record high-quality spectra using a dobsonian telescope — no tracking required! If you can take a photo of Jupiter, you can record stellar spectra.

During my presentation, I will demonstrate how a backyard astronomer can use the “drift scanning method” to record scientifically useful spectra using nothing but a camera, diffraction grating, and an untracked telescope. I will also discuss simple ways to optimize your resolution, so that you can record spectra that rival those taken with dedicated slit spectrographs costing upwards of $1k. Lastly, I will show off some examples of spectra that I've recorded from my backyard right here in NW Houston.

No prior knowledge is necessary, but attendees will likely find it beneficial to know ahead of time what the terms “spectrum”, “absorption”, and “emission” mean, and how to operate a simple telescope. Recommended reading: http://spiff.rit.edu/classes/phys301/lectures/spec_lines/spec_lines.html

 

Lauren Herrington is an HAS member with a passion for education and outreach. As a young teenager she fell in love with spectroscopy after reading A Grand and Bold Thing. Too young to have access to any of the standard equipment, she believed that recording spectra of her very own was a distant, expensive, and exclusive dream — until she discovered a method for recording spectra with her 8" dobsonian right here in Houston! When she's not working to perfect her drift scanning method, Lauren creates and shares educational materials to help other wannabe-spectrographers, available free of charge on her website tiedyeastronomer.com .

 

Lauren is an AAVSO Ambassador, and works for the AAVSO as Webinar Coordinator.

 


To Register for the 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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdeCgqzotGdUJoDUXjVsB7SN2kh8yyLLf

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 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 March 5th!

March 06, 2021, 5:30PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. 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:

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

March 06, 2021, 7:00PM: Dob Shed Café at the Dark Site—last of the season!

Observing at the dark site? It can still be a little cool. Warm up with a cuppa at the Dob Shed Café. We've got hot coffee, cocoa, tea, and cider. Snacks, too.

Safety precautions in place: social distancing in line, masks covering mouth and nose, hand sanitizer.
Bring your mask and a beverage travel cup or tip the donation jar for supplies. Dark site orientation required. 

Sunset: 6:29 pm  Astro dark: 7:48 pm  3rd quarter moon  Moonrise: 2:43 am

Keep safe, everyone!
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Rene Gedaly
HAS Membership
[email protected]

March 10, 2021, 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 

March 16, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

The tool tip for March is aligning the finder to your telescope view.

March 23, 2021, 7:00PM: New Member Orientation

New to the Houston Astronomical Society or you've been a member for a while and want to learn more about what the club has to offer? Join us for a New Member Orientation where you can get all of the information you need on how to stay connected with the club, how to get access to the dark site, who to contact to borrow a telescope, and more! Class sizes are limited, so be sure to register early and bring any questions you might have!

To register for the New Member Orientation, please click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtdOmrrj4iGNz_j8rt-ive4VgvLGM...(you must be a member to join).

 

March 25, 2021, 7:00PM: Board meeting

HAS board of directors meeting at 7pm. Contact President Joe Khalaf at [email protected] if you would like to attend.

April 01, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - April Novice Presentation

Save the date! New to astronomy? This one’s for you. The HAS Novice Presentation is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

April 02, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - April Membership Meeting

Save the date! The HAS Membership Meeting is the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

April 07, 2021, 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 

April 20, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

May 01, 2021, 7:15PM: 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 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:

8:00-9:00 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
9:00-9:30 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
9:30-11:30 - 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 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 02, 2021, 12:00PM: 2021 Texas 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 May 2-9, 2021 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU tba Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Oct 1-9, 2021 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party November 1–6, 2021 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

May 06, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - May Novice Presentation

Save the date! New to astronomy? This one’s for you. The HAS Novice Presentation is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

May 07, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - May Membership Meeting

Save the date! The HAS Membership Meeting is the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

May 12, 2021, 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 

May 18, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

June 03, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - June Novice Presentation

Save the date! New to astronomy? This one’s for you. The HAS Novice Presentation is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

June 04, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - June Membership Meeting

Save the date! The HAS Membership Meeting is the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

June 09, 2021, 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 

June 15, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

July 01, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - July Novice Presentation

Save the date! New to astronomy? This one’s for you. The HAS Novice Presentation is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

July 07, 2021, 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 

July 09, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - July Membership Meeting

Save the date! The HAS Membership Meeting is the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Unless it’s July. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

July 20, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

July 31, 2021, 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. 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 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
9:15-9:30 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
9:30-11:30 - 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 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 05, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - August Novice Presentation

Save the date! New to astronomy? This one’s for you. The HAS Novice Presentation is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

August 06, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - August Membership Meeting

Save the date! The HAS Membership Meeting is the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

August 11, 2021, 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 

August 17, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

August 28, 2021, 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. 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 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 - 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 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 02, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - September Novice Presentation

Save the date! New to astronomy? This one’s for you. The HAS Novice Presentation is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

September 03, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - September Membership Meeting

Save the date! The HAS Membership Meeting is the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

September 08, 2021, 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 

September 21, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

October 01, 2021, 12:00PM: 2021 Okie-Tex 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 May 2-9, 2021 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU tba Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Oct 1-9, 2021 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party November 1–6, 2021 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

October 01, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - October Membership Meeting

Save the date! The HAS Membership Meeting is the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

October 02, 2021, 6:15PM: 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 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:

7:00-8:00 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
8:00-8:30 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
8:30-11:30 - 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 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 07, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - October Novice Presentation

Save the date! New to astronomy? This one’s for you. The HAS Novice Presentation is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

October 13, 2021, 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, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

October 30, 2021, 5:45PM: 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 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:

6:30-7:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
7:30-8:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
8:00-11:30 - 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 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 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 May 2-9, 2021 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU tba Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Oct 1-9, 2021 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party November 1–6, 2021 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

November 04, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - November Novice Presentation

Save the date! New to astronomy? This one’s for you. The HAS Novice Presentation is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

November 05, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - November Membership Meeting

Save the date! The HAS Membership Meeting is the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

November 10, 2021, 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, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

November 27, 2021, 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 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 02, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - December Novice Presentation

Save the date! New to astronomy? This one’s for you. The HAS Novice Presentation is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

December 03, 2021, 7:00PM: Save the Date - December Membership Meeting

Save the date! The HAS Membership Meeting is the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom. Watch for details on how to register in the monthly Guidestar.

December 08, 2021, 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, 2021, 7:00PM: Women's SIG via Zoom

The Women's Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7–8 pm via Zoom. We also touch base on 3rd quarter or new moon weekends at the Dark Site to put skills into practice. 

Meetings begin with a topic suggested in advance by the group and include show-and-tell demos of equipment and tools. The meeting continues with Q&A and discussion of any and all topics in astronomy pertaining to the featured topic—or any other. No rules; just exploring and learning from each other.

If you'd like to join us, contact Rene Gedaly, WSIG moderator, at [email protected] and I'll add you to the HAS_WSIG email list.

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