September 2019

Online Process for Ordering 2019 A Day T-shirts

This year we are offering the option to order t-shirts online! It’s strictly first come, first serve and we have limited quantities so if we sell out, your money will be refunded. Pickup is either at the All Clubs Meeting held at the Mendenhall Community Center or at Astronomy Day held at the Insperity Observatory.

Follow the procedure below to order yours. Or download the attached instructions at bottom. 

  1. Navigate to the HAS website,, and click the Donate With PayPal button located at the top right of the page. If you do not have a PayPal account, you will have the option of selecting a debit or credit card later, but still click the PayPal button. A new web page will open.


  1. Scroll down past the section entitled Donate to HAS until you reach the Donate form, shown below. Again, this is not a donation to HAS but a way for you to order Astronomy Day t-shirts. DonateForm.JPG
  1. Click the radio button in front of Other amount:and enter $16 for each S, M, L, or XL shirt,  $18 for size 2XL, and $19 for size 3XL. Shirt prices include a nominal PayPal convenience fee. The example below shows the amount to be paid for 2 shirts: one size S at $16 and one size 2XL at $18. You will add a note with your name, club, and t-shirt sizes in a later step. SingleDonation2shirts.JPG
  1. Click the red Donate now button as shown above. A new page opens, shown below, with $0.00.
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  1. Click the $0.00 field and enter the total amount of your t-shirt order again.
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  1. To pay with PayPal, click the blue button Donate with PayPal. To pay by debit or credit card, click the white button Donate with a Debit or Credit Card.

Note: Your PayPal or debit or credit card will not be charged yet.

  1. If you are using PayPal, log in as you usually do and go to step 8. If you are paying by debit or credit card, go to step 9.
  2. Click inside the Add a note field. Enter your name, club, and t-shirt size(s). Then click the blue Donate Now button. Your PayPal account will now be charged.
  1. If you are paying by debit or credit card, click inside the Write a note (Optional) field, which is not optional. Enter your name, club, and t-shirt size(s). Complete the rest of the form with your account information. 
  1. Then click the blue Donate Now button. Your account will now be charged.

Your shirts will be waiting for you at the All Clubs Meeting Friday October 4, 2019 or at the Insperity Observatory Saturday, October 5, for Astronomy Day.

Get your A-Day t-shirts here!

adayApolloShirt-2colorSmall.pngHello, Astronomers!

Astronomy Day Weekend 2019 is Friday and Saturday Oct 4-5 and this year the A-Day committee is offering the option of ordering t-shirts online.

Pickup is either at the All Clubs Meeting held this year at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center or at Astronomy Day held at the Insperity Observatory. T-shirt sales will also be available at A-Day, but not at All Clubs.

To order yours follow the procedure here: Sales are first come, first served. If we run out, we will return your money. 

Pricing$16/shirt for sizes S, M, L, XL; $18/shirt for 2XL; and $19/shirt for 3XL. 

Here's the t-shirt artwork. Nice!

Asterisms – Mini Coat Hanger

By: Steve Goldberg  (Posted 9/13/2019)

Asterism: a grouping of stars that form a recognizable pattern.
Constellation: Ursa Minor
Right Ascension:  16h 29m 37.9s
Declination: +80° 16' 19"
Magnitude: 9 to 11
Size:  20’ 
This month’s asterism is the “Mini Coat Hanger”. The more famous “Coat Hanger” is in Vulpecula, a nice binocular or low power asterism. The “Mini Coat Hanger” is just that, a mini version.





The asterism located just off a line from Zeta ζ Ursa Minor, a corner star in the bowl, and Epsilon ε Ursa Minor, the first bright star in the handle.








In this medium power eyepiece you can definitely see how the “mini” coat hanger resembles the “major” coat hanger.


Doing a Google search for “Mini Coat Hanger”, the first in the list points to our own Guidestar article from May, 2017, written by the Guidestar Editor, Bill Pellerin. The link is:


Outreach - Westbury Community Garden

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The Houston Astronomical Society held another outreach event at the Westbury Community Garden in southwest Houston on September 10, 2019. This is the second event held at the location. The skies were iffy around sunset with clouds and lightning far to the north. Luckily, the objects for the night: Moon, Jupiter and Saturn were in the southeast, opposite from the storms. Because of the possibility of rain, the attendance was not as expected. Still, we had about 75 people show up. Most telescopes were aimed at those three main objects. However, one 8” telescope went for other objects like the Ring - M57, Hercules cluster - M13, and double star - Albireo. Through Amelia’s “pink” telescope, we had 82 different views.

We had eight telescopes with 11 volunteers. We would like to thank those that brought their telescopes to the event: Dan and Rebe Roy, Jim King, Leah Hall, Debbie Moran, Ed Fraini with wife Anita and daughter Karla, and Lauren Herrington.

Steve & Amelia

Discovery Green report for 7 Sep 19

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Last night was our monthly outreach event at Discovery Green. The park was packed, as usual on a Saturday night. When we arrived around 7:15, Jim King and Jim McLarty were already set up.  Jim McLarty had used his go-to to find Jupiter so I started with views of the moon.  Once Saturn popped out, I switched to it.  We all had long lines at our telescopes until well after 10:00. We finally took down around 10:45. The picture below was taken right after we set up and doesn’t show the long lines. We counted 485 people looked through my telescope.

There were 3 HAS first timers to outreach there, Andres Salaverria and his wife.  Sorry, we didn’t get the other new member’s name. There were also 5 non-HAS people there with telescopes. Three were potential club members. One of them had already attended one of our meetings.

Thanks Jim & Jim for helping out.

Amelia & Steve

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