BYOT - Bring Your Own Telescope to the Mendenhall Center

Did you get a telescope for the holidays and are wondering how to get started with it? Have a telescope in the closet just collecting dust for some time now? Or maybe you want to get a telescope but don't know exactly where to start. Then come out to the Trini Mendenhall Community Center on Saturday, March 24 to learn more!

Members of the Houston Astronomical Society (H.A.S.) will be on hand to help you understand the different types of telescopes available to most amateur astronomers, as well as the accessories to consider equipping your telescope with. Once you've seen the overview, a H.A.S. volunteer will help you with set up and basic operation of your telescope. If you don't have a telescope, don't fret - we'll also have several models available for show-and-tell so that you can see them in person before deciding to buy one!

Things we'll go over:

  • Different types of telescopes available to amateurs
  • Accessories that make using a telescope easier/better
  • How to set up and operate your telescope (must bring your own telescope and all accessories)
  • Where to observe in and around the Houston area
  • And more...

This is a free event, but space is limited. Please RSVP to to reserve your spot. We have two sessions - 12:30pm - 2:00pm and 2:30pm - 4:00pm, so indicate which session you'd like to attend when RSVPing. Also, if you're bringing your own telescope, please remember to bring all accessories, cables, eyepieces, power supplies, and anything else that came with it.  This event is open to HAS members as well as the public.

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