June 2019

HAS Email List Moves to Gaggle Mail

HAS Members had been noticing problems with the AstroList email list service. Not Neslyder, but hosted by a different company... not officialy named Astrolist. It’s complicated. 

However with the retirement of Mark Holdsworth, whose company Netslyder, Inc. supported the Netslyder email list service for our sister astronomy clubs, your HAS Board of Directors agreed with Mark Ferraz that it was a good time to move to a service under consideration for over a year. For enquiring minds, it’s called Gaggle Mail.

Says Mark:[...]

Thank you Mark Holdsworth, aka Mr Netslyder

Mark Holdsworth, aka Mr Netslyder, has taken down his shingle. Incidentally, in addition to providing the information pipeline for a generation of astronomy enthusiasts in Houston, Mark is also a former officer of the Society having served as Secretary. Says Mark:[...]

Election to fill Board of Director vacancy

HAS Members (Posted 6/25/2019)

This announcement and the corresponding email sent to the membership constitute the 15 day prior notice to HAS members that an election will be held at our regular meeting in July to fill a recent vacancy on the Board of Directors. This notice fulfills the requirements of the By-laws of the Society for such an election to take place.[...] 

Unfortunately, due personal health issues, Sherry Irby has notified the HAS BOD that she will no longer be able to serve as a Director at Large for the Society. The HAS Board has decided that it would be appropriate to fill this vacancy as soon as possible.

At our next regular monthly meeting on July 12, 2019, to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, HAS will hold an election of a new Director at Large to fill this vacancy. VP Joe Khalaf who chairs the Nominating Committee will announce a prospective candidate for the position. 

Nominations will also be taken from the floor. Those nominated from the floor must verify their willingness to serve out the term, either in person or if not present, by a signed written statement to that effect.

The election will take place at this meeting. The newly elected Director will serve through the end of 2019.

Don Selle
HAS President

Asterisms – Backwards 5

By: Steve Goldberg  (Posted 6/16/2019)

Asterism: a grouping of stars that form a recognizable pattern.
 
Constellation: Hercules
Right Ascension:  16h 36m 00.0s
Declination: +30o 45’ 00”
Magnitude: 7 to 10.6
Size:  24’
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This month’s asterism is named the Backwards 5. It is located in Hercules. This is a faint asterism, but it can be seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is easily located near Zeta ζ Hercules. The large circle is a typical finder, with the smaller circle the FOV (Field of View) in a 10” telescope with a 32mm eyepiece.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

In the center of this view you can see the “Backwards 5”. However, with certain telescopes, like a Schmidt-Cassegrain with a right angle prism, the 5 appears correct.

 

Omega Centauri goes to HAS members Dan & Rebeca Roy

The 2019 Texas Star Party Omega Centauri was awarded to our own Dan & Rebeca Roy, founders of the Astronomy in the Park program in League City. They were nominated by Joe Khalaf, H.A.S. VP and Education & Outreach Co-chair, himself the Omega Centauri award for 2017.  DanRebecaRoy.PNG

Omega Centauri goes to HAS members Dan & Rebeca Roy

The 2019 Texas Star Party Omega Centauri was awarded to our own Dan & Rebeca Roy, founders of the Astronomy in the Park program in League City. They were nominated by Joe Khalaf, H.A.S. VP and Education & Outreach Co-chair, himself the Omega Centauri award for 2017. 
DanRebecaRoy.PNG

Omega Centauri goes to HAS members Dan & Rebeca Roy

The 2019 Texas Star Party Omega Centauri was awarded to our own Dan & Rebeca Roy, founders of the Astronomy in the Park program in League City. They were nominated by Joe Khalaf, H.A.S. VP and Education & Outreach Co-chair, himself the Omega Centauri awardee for 2017.

DanRebecaRoy.PNG

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