Novice Meeting: 6:30PM
General Meeting: 7:15PM
About the General Meeting Presentation
EE Barnard started his astronomical career as an amateur, and made his name (and a good bit of prize money) discovering several comets. He was an accomplished pioneer in astrophotography and his catalog of dark nebulae, known as Barnard Object’s, were the finest photographs that had been taken of the Milky Way. Barnard perhaps was best known for his incredible eyesight and ability to discern faint detail through an eyepiece that other “gifted observers” had to photograph in order to see. As an observer he truly had no equal in his day and rarely missed a single hour of clear moonless night-sky. He was known as “the man who was never known to sleep.” His endless scouring of the heavens left an astonishing legacy of observations: of planets, satellites, comets, double stars, bright and dark nebulae and globular clusters.
Several of Barnard’s discoveries were made with a telescope as small as 5 inches, yet these objects had been passed up by other visual astronomers with much larger instruments. Barnard would have loved to understand the science of the universe that we all take for granted today. In his day anything that was not composed of stellar objects was classified as “nebulae”, which of course includes those objects we call galaxies today. As amateur astronomers, we are privileged that we get to view these objects that most people do not know even exists and very few human beings have ever visually seen.
Parking and Directions (View Map)
Meetings are held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, which is located at 1414 Wirt Rd, Houson, TX 77055.
PARKING INFORMATION: Free parking in the lot in front of the TMCC.
By: Steve Goldberg
Asterism: a grouping of stars that form a recognizable pattern.
On July 27, Mars will make its closest approach to earth since 2003, and won't be this close again until 2035. Join the Houston Astronomical Society at Midtown Park to observe Mars (and other planets) through their telescopes. The event is free to the public and is kid-friendly.
There is a paid parking garage below Midtown Park, as well as various street parking and surface lot options nearby.
Where: Midtown Park (2811 Travis St., Houston, TX 77006)
When: July 27, from 7pm – 10pm
Email Outreach if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
by Rene Gedaly
Congratulations to Steven Powell, Jesse Roberts, Bartlett D. Moore IV, Burke Nail, Heinz Schmidt, and Alexander Schmidt, certified telescope operators of the observatory C14 and f/5 telescopes. You, too, can be a certified telescope operator like these astronomy wizards. Contact Chris Ober, Observatory Director, to get added to the training list.
Prerequisite Requirements for Students:
- Must be at least 16 years of age or older.
- Must be a Society member in good standing with all dues paid.
- Must have full knowledge of all general site rules and have completed the general site orientation.
- Must have been a Society member for at least 6 months.
- Will be required to execute an observatory building use agreement which is a contract of limited liability covering all rules, regulations, and requirements governing the use of observatory building facilities. Members under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian execute the agreement on behalf of a minor user that is 16 or 17 years of age.
Trainers for 2018 are Ed Fraini, Rene Gedaly, and John Haynes.