by Rene Gedaly
Don’t blink, members. Lots happening at HAS.
October 22nd Picnic & Open House at the Observatory Dark Site. It's always a great time at our beautiful grounds in dark, rural, Colorado County. The food is great and so's the fellowship. Bring your telescope if you've got one and take a tour of the observatory—we’ve got a new Ritchey-Chretien on a Paramount telescope mount. Come out and have a great time getting to know your clubmates.
The Women's SIG will get some hands-on using several types of telescopes. Weather willing, the WSIG will also learn how to use those scopes to observe the night sky with the help of planispheres and the Pocket Sky Atlas—the “go to” star chart of astronomers everywhere.
Outreach, Star Parties, and more. Look often at that right vertical banner of the website under UPCOMING EVENTS. Outreach and club events are added often.
Have you seen the 2017 slate of candidates for election at the Annual Meeting Nov 4? VP Ed Fraini has hit it out of the park. The slate includes a mix of generations of singular ability and all have a passion for astronomy coupled with a dedication to the Society. This includes your ad hoc committee chairs who are too valuable to risk the vagaries of election …
… Current leaders running for new positions are Don Selle as VP, Rob Morehead as Secretary, Jessica Kingsley as Treasurer, and Mark Ferraz as a member of the board of directors.
New to the slate for 2017 is Walt Cooney. Earlier this year the AAVSO recognized Walt's discovery of two variable stars observed from his Starry Night Observatory at the HAS Dark Site. Walt brings back to the board a grounding in astronomical research, the science part of our mission to foster the science and art of astronomy for our members and the community.
If you're new to the club and don't know much about a candidate on the slate, let me suggest you go to astronomyhouston.org and type the candidate's name in the search field. An illustrious bunch.