Class CANCELLED. Playing in the snow.
Third Quarter Moon. AstroDark is four hours from 6:53 pm to 11:10 pm
This is the last session of the 2017 Class of the HAS Texas 45. If you’ve been part of the class, you now know how to
- Orient yourself in the sky using a planisphere
- Read an observing list
- Log observed objects
- Develop binocular skills to view list objects notated on the planisphere and Skymaps, including the locations of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
- Align your telescope’s finder with its eyepiece view
- Use a telescope’s unit finder (e.g. Telrad) to get in the neighborhood of less obvious list objects
- Zero in on those objects by star hopping with the aid of more detailed star charts
- Continue using the above skills to complete the 45 and to begin your choice of Astronomical League observing programs
If your schedule (or the weather) prevented you from learning some of these skills, we have one more chance Friday, December 8.
- Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere
- I’ll have the 12.5 inch f/5 observatory telescope reserved, not the C14 go-to. The class prefers to star hop!
- Sunset is 5:28 p.m. Laser tour at 6:00 p.m. Astro Dark is 6:53. We will have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available
- RSVP to Rene at AstraGeekette@gmail.com. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation.
- Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
Thirty-three of 60 list objects are visible at some time from dusk to midnight along with Saturn, Mercury, and third quarter Moon.