Welcome to the Houston Astronomical Society (HAS)! Membership has its benefits, but there’s no way to list them all in one email. We hope that what follows below will get you off to a good start.
HAS Monthly Meetings: COVID-19 UPDATE. HAS will be holding all meetings via Zoom and/or Facebook until further notice. Check the website for the latest.
HAS Website: Some great benefits of membership are unlocked only when you log into the website. How, you ask? If you signed up online, you created a username and password when you set up your member account. If you didn’t set up your own account, or if you’ve forgotten your password, then you can reset your password here: https://www.
HAS Email List: Most members rely on the HAS email distribution list to get emailed timely news about club events like star parties, telescope training, outreach events, and socials. Others use this email list to discuss astronomy or ask questions about equipment. You can subscribe to the HAS Email List here: https://www.
Private HAS Facebook Group: Our private Facebook Group is a great way to share photos, swap stories, and ask questions in a familiar, simple to use format. It also includes a mentorship program where you can connect with a more experienced member. And if you’re brand new to the hobby, we have a growing number of astronomy skills units, including videos, that novices find helpful. Go to https://www.facebook.com/
HAS is Social: Sure, HAS is on social media! In addition to our private Facebook Group, HAS hosts a public Facebook page, https://www.facebook.
HAS Loaner Scopes: No scope? No problem! Borrow one of a garage full of loaner telescopes before you take the plunge and buy your own. Loaner telescope training is scheduled throughout the year and a brief how-to operate overview is given during delivery of your loaner scope at the monthly meetings.
HAS Programs: If you have an interest in a particular aspect of astronomy, we probably have a program or Special Interest Group for you. Event notices for all programs go out via the email list, but also check the website events calendar for the latest.
HAS SIGs: SIGs are Special Interest Groups and HAS has three that can remain active during the pandemic. They are the Women’s Special Interest Group (WSIG) moderated by Rene Gedaly, email@example.com, the Visual Special Interest Group (VSIG) moderated by Stephen Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Astrophotography Special Interest Group (APsig) moderated by Don Selle, email@example.com. Contact any of the moderators to get info about the respective SIG.
HAS Dark Site Observatory: The HAS Dark Site Observatory is located 80 miles west of Houston in the dark skies of Columbus, Tx. An online orientation is required that gives you access to observing pads with nearby electricity, picnic and camping areas, restroom and shower facilities, and separate bunkhouse rooms for men, women, and families. No scope? Reserve one of the loaner telescopes housed onsite. Experienced members are also candidates to take training on the permanently mounted telescopes of the HAS Observatory. This is astronomy heaven close to home.
On a personal note, I hope you find membership in the Houston Astronomical Society as rewarding as I have. It didn’t “take” for me the first time I joined. While it was easy to join, and the folks were friendly, it wasn’t always easy to connect. Years later I gave it another try, this time becoming active. With email and a website, it became easy to keep in touch with some very welcoming members. If you aren’t finding your place within HAS, I hope you’ll let me know. If astronomy is your thing, HAS is the place. We’ll help you connect.
Rene Scandone Gedaly
HAS Membership Chair