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November 10, 2017, 7:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Fall List - FRIDAY

We heard you! Doing the Texas 45 on Friday night gives you the rest of the weekend free. Let’s meet FRIDAY at the observatory chart room where we will split into groups and cycle through instructors Amelia on the 8” Dobsonian, Jayne on binoculars, and Rene on the observatory 12.5” f/5 to find the Fall List Objects. Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and planisphere if you have them. If you don’t have a planisphere, SkyMaps.com is a great resource and has many of the fall list objects identified. 

This program is open to all members! WSIG members are the instructors.

Rain Date: Friday, Nov 17, 2017

 To join the HAS WSIG, the Women’s Special Interest Group, contact HAS_Women@astrolist.org

November 11, 2017, 4:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothes, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

6:30-7:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

7:30-8:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

8:00-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

November 15, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - November

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

November 30, 2017, 6:00PM: Save the Date: Meyer Public Library

If you recall all the way back to January (a long time ago, I know…) the Meyer Public Library hosted a star party that was put on by both H.A.S. and the Bellaire H.S. Astronomy Club.  Well, I got an email from the youth librarian saying that their patrons are still talking about that night, and they have been begging them for another star party.  We’re trying to find a date that works, but as of right now, it looks like November 30 is when we’ll be back out.  Save that date, and I’ll send more details once we finalize the plans. /Joe Khalaf

December 16, 2017, 5:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Winter Class - Catch up

This is the last session of the 2017 Class of the HAS Texas 45. Let’s finish up! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 5:27 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

Get in those last few objects to receive your HAS Texas 45 certificate and pin at the January 2018 meeting!

December 20, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - December

Monthly Meeting of the Visual Observing Special Interest Group.  Join your fellow visual observers in the club for lively discussion of all kinds of visual observing.  Feel free to present your own observing projects to the group, or just come to soak up info from the rest of us. 

Meeting to be held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd. 

April 21, 2018, 12:00PM: Spring Astronomy Day at the Insperity Observatory

It’s the first Annual Spring A-Day at the Insperity Observatory! Details as we get closer.

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