Novice Program


Amateur astronomers do what they do because they want to do it, because they are interested in how the universe works. Most of us are not professional astronomers, and most of us have no formal training in astronomy. We all start somewhere, and we’re all novices at some level.

To meet the needs of novice amateur astronomers the HAS has a novice presentation once a month, just before the general meeting (see the meeting schedule in the GuideStar newsletter). Recently, we have had presentations on:

  • Planning Your Observing Session
  • Alien Worlds & Mysterious Planets
  • A Tour of the Spring Sky
  • Observing Variable Stars
  • How Good are Your Scope and Your Eyes?
  • What’s New Under the Sun?
  • Astronomical Sketching
  • A Brief Tour of the Winter Constellations
  • The Hertzsprung – Russell Diagram
  • Archeoastronomy

The Houston Astronomical Society invites you to join us for the novice meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the regular meeting night of the society (see the GuideStar for the next meeting). We all learn something at the novice meeting!

Be sure to check out our collection of resources for the novice. This section is updated continuously!

A Note From the Novice Program Chairperson

Interested in astronomy and don’t know where to begin? Well, you’ve found the right place!

Why not come and join us as a guest? We can help you learn to use your telescope or binoculars. And if you don’t own an instrument, we can give you some practical advice on how and where to begin.

Should you become a member, we’ll even loan you a telescope to get you started. We’ll have star parties during the year and you can have an opportunity to learn from experienced observers.

We have a meeting for the beginner at 6:30 pm on the first Friday of each month at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Rd. This meeting is followed by a General Membership meeting at 7:15 at which all sorts of interesting presentations are featured.

Want to learn more about what we’ll be doing this year? Point your mouse to Meetings and then to Novice Meetings or send me an e-mail for a personal invitation

The schedule is not cast in concrete, so if there is a consensus for change we will do so. Please plan to attend. All HAS members are invited; you don’t have to be a novice! Any questions may be directed to me, Debbie Moran.

We expect to hold several Novice Star Parties during the year. These activities will be announced in advance and, of course, all HAS members are invited.

Debbie Moran
Novice Program Chair

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