Upcoming Star Parties

November 2017

November 18, 2017, 7:00AM: WSIG Texas 45 - Fall Night 2 at Dark Site - Check weather

Special 2-night Texas 45 weekend. Members, come on out to the Dark Site if you can but be sure to check the weather for Columbus, TX first. I’ll be there regardless but will not be sending a Go/No Go message /Rene

Our backup date for the Texas 45 Fall observing list is this weekend, Friday Nov 17 and Saturday Nov 18. We'll be really informal about this one. If it's good enough observing weather, I'll be onsite in my private observatory. It's the blue SkyShed POD to the east of the Dob Shed. Feel free to come by and I'll help you find objects, Texas 45 or your request, until the 10 pm light window. No caravan and strict light rules apply on this new moon weekend. /Rene 


Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! This is an easy list and the class is open to all. Members of the WSIG are the instructors. Many objects are on the November SkyMap.

Texas 45 objects we'll attempt 
  • Fomalhaut, naked eye star, on SkyMap
  • Beta Piscis Austrini, naked eye/binocular to find, telescope to split double star system, on SkyMap but not labelled
  • Grus, naked eye constellation, on SkyMap
  • Achernar, naked eye star, among the trees but may be able to see bright blue star on meridian due south at 10:45p, worth the attempt
  • h Persei, aka NGC 869 and one half of the Double Cluster, binocular object, on SkyMap
  • Chi Persei, aka NGC 884, other half of the Double Cluster, binocular object, on SkyMap
  • Muscle Man Cluster, aka Stock 2, binocular or small telescope, not on SkyMap but worth it and in​ the​ same neighborhood ​as the Double Cluster
  • ET Cluster, aka NGC 457, binocular and small telescope object, ​not on SkyMap but ​in the suburbs of the Double Cluster
  • Andromeda Galaxy, M31, naked eye for some, binocular​ object​ to take it all in, on SkyMap
  • Pinwheel Galaxy, M33, binocular or telescope (or naked eye for some!), on SkyMap
  • Evening solar system objects: Mercury, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

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

December 13, 2017, 7:00PM: Geminid Star Party at Sheldon Lake State Park

Join the Houston Astronomical Society as we go searching for Geminid meteors in the night sky.   We’ll also have a few telescopes out there as well to look at other things while we wait for those sometimes elusive meteors to make an appearance.  This event will be held at Sheldon Lake State Park and is open to the public.  Oh, did we mention it’s also FREE? 7PM-9PM.

December 16, 2017, 5:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Finish the List!

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 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

Fifty-one of 60 objects are visible dusk to dawn. If you’re game, I’ll be with you every step of the way so you can complete your list.

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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