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February 05, 2021, 7:00PM: HAS Monthly Meeting Presentation - Via Zoom

Introduction to Astronomical League Observing Programs

by: Dr. Aaron Clevenson

Astronomical League National Observing Program Director

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An HAS  member benefit for Sustaining, Regular, and Student members is enrollment in the Astronomical League (AL). The AL is composed of over two hundred and forty local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. These organizations, along with direct members and supporters, form one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world. The goal of the AL is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America, and to foster astronomical education, observing and research by providing incentives and observing programs for AL members. 

The AL currently offers 74 different observing and special recognition programs that span all experience and skill levels from those brand new to astronomy to advanced amateur astronomers. Astronomical League observing programs are open to all AL members.  Most of these programs offer a certificate and a pin for completion of the program requirements so that an individuals accomplishments and experience level can be recognized. 

Additionally, all AL members receive the quarterly AL publication, The Reflector. See the Astronomical League website for more information.

Dr. Aaron Clevenson is adjunct astronomy professor of Astronomy at Lone Star College - Montgomery and is the author of the astronomy textbook Astronomy for Mere Mortals. He teaches "Solar System" and "Stars and Galaxies". In addition to his day job, Aaron also serves the Astronomical League Observing Program Director, Astronomical League - Platinum Master Observer, and is the author of a number of Astronomical League Observing Programs. 

Aaron has created two tools designed to help Astronomical League members manage their progress with the AL Observing Programs.  One is a monthly publication (in Microsoft Word) that highlights objects by observing club that are visible in the evening sky that month.  It is called "What's Up Doc?".  The other is a large spreadsheet (in Microsoft Excel) that lets you set your observing Latitude and Longitude as well as the Universal Time of your observation session and it will tell you information on which objects for all of the AL Observing Programs are visible.  It lists the object from highest Altitude to lowest.  It has information on over 4500 objects and all of the AL Observing Programs.

Aaron is also past President of the North Houston Astronomy Club, has served as Chairman for Astronomy Day at the George Observatory, and is also the Observatory Director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD,

Aaron’s philosophy of astronomy is best described by his quote near the door of the Insperity Observatory which says: "The Universe awaits all those who make the journey. Enter here!"

 

 


To Register for the Zoom Meeting: Since we're all practicing safe social distancing, we have decided to bring our speaker to you virtually through the Zoom online meeting platform! You must register for this presentation in order to attend. You may do so by using the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfumtpjssEtE-0-ZFVx_inV0ZD_p...

Please watch your email, as you should also receive an email inviting you attend. The email will include any up to date changes (if any) on meeting times etc. You may also register using the link in the email, however it is only necessary to register once.  

We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, and once the presentation is over, we can open up the audio lines for more questions.  I'm excited that we're able to get together in this fashion, and I hope you can join us then.  We hope to see you online with us on Friday evening February 5th!

February 06, 2021, 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. The format has been changed a little bit for social distancing guidelines.  We won’t be able to have everyone share my scope, but if you have a scope of your own I can help you get started, or if not you can just enjoy the dark sky with your binoculars or naked eye and just begin learning your way around the constellations.  Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothing, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

5:30-6:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
6:30-7:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
7:00-9:30 - time to observe! I will be available to assist anyone to practice locating objects with their scope or binoculars. 
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 [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

February 06, 2021, 6:30PM: Dob Shed Café at the Dark Site

Observing at the dark site? It's cold outside! Warm up with a cuppa at the Dob Shed Café. We've got hot coffee, cocoa, tea, and cider. Snacks, too.

Safety precautions in place: social distancing in line, masks covering mouth and nose, hand sanitizer.
Bring your mask and a beverage travel cup or tip the donation jar for supplies. Dark site orientation required. 

Sunset: 6:10 pm  Astro dark: 7:30 pm  New Moon weekend  

Be safe everyone!
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Rene Gedaly
HAS Membership
[email protected]

March 06, 2021, 5:30PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. The format has been changed a little bit for social distancing guidelines.  We won’t be able to have everyone share my scope, but if you have a scope of your own I can help you get started, or if not you can just enjoy the dark sky with your binoculars or naked eye and just begin learning your way around the constellations.  Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothing, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

6:15-7:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
7:15-7:30 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
7:45-9:30 - time to observe! I will be available to assist anyone to practice locating objects with their scope or binoculars. 
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 [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

March 06, 2021, 7:00PM: Dob Shed Café at the Dark Site—last of the season!

Observing at the dark site? It can still be a little cool. Warm up with a cuppa at the Dob Shed Café. We've got hot coffee, cocoa, tea, and cider. Snacks, too.

Safety precautions in place: social distancing in line, masks covering mouth and nose, hand sanitizer.
Bring your mask and a beverage travel cup or tip the donation jar for supplies. Dark site orientation required. 

Sunset: 6:29 pm  Astro dark: 7:48 pm  3rd quarter moon  Moonrise: 2:43 am

Keep safe, everyone!
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Rene Gedaly
HAS Membership
[email protected]

May 01, 2021, 7:15PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. The format has been changed a little bit for social distancing guidelines.  We won’t be able to have everyone share my scope, but if you have a scope of your own I can help you get started, or if not you can just enjoy the dark sky with your binoculars or naked eye and just begin learning your way around the constellations.  Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:00-9:00 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
9:00-9:30 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
9:30-11:30 - time to observe! I will be available to assist anyone to practice locating objects with their scope or binoculars. 
The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

May 02, 2021, 12:00PM: 2021 Texas Star Party

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the south central US.
Email [email protected] to post information about other star parties.

2021 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party May 2-9, 2021 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU tba Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Oct 1-9, 2021 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party November 1–6, 2021 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

July 31, 2021, 7:30PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. The format has been changed a little bit for social distancing guidelines.  We won’t be able to have everyone share my scope, but if you have a scope of your own I can help you get started, or if not you can just enjoy the dark sky with your binoculars or naked eye and just begin learning your way around the constellations.  Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
9:15-9:30 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
9:30-11:30 - time to observe! I will be available to assist anyone to practice locating objects with their scope or binoculars. 
The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

August 28, 2021, 7:00PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. The format has been changed a little bit for social distancing guidelines.  We won’t be able to have everyone share my scope, but if you have a scope of your own I can help you get started, or if not you can just enjoy the dark sky with your binoculars or naked eye and just begin learning your way around the constellations.  Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

7:45-8:45 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
8:45-9:15 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
9:15-11:30 - time to observe! I will be available to assist anyone to practice locating objects with their scope or binoculars. 
The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

October 01, 2021, 12:00PM: 2021 Okie-Tex Star Party

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the south central US.
Email [email protected] to post information about other star parties.

2021 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party May 2-9, 2021 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU tba Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Oct 1-9, 2021 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party November 1–6, 2021 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

October 02, 2021, 6:15PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. The format has been changed a little bit for social distancing guidelines.  We won’t be able to have everyone share my scope, but if you have a scope of your own I can help you get started, or if not you can just enjoy the dark sky with your binoculars or naked eye and just begin learning your way around the constellations.  Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

7:00-8:00 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
8:00-8:30 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
8:30-11:30 - time to observe! I will be available to assist anyone to practice locating objects with their scope or binoculars. 
The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

October 30, 2021, 5:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. The format has been changed a little bit for social distancing guidelines.  We won’t be able to have everyone share my scope, but if you have a scope of your own I can help you get started, or if not you can just enjoy the dark sky with your binoculars or naked eye and just begin learning your way around the constellations.  Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and insect repellent, 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
8:00-11:30 - time to observe! I will be available to assist anyone to practice locating objects with their scope or binoculars. 
The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

November 01, 2021, 12:00PM: 2021 Eldorado Star Party

As a service to our members, we are posting information about the major star parties held in the south central US.
Email [email protected] to post information about other star parties.

2021 Star Parties in the South Central US
Star Party Dates Nearest Town For more info: 
Texas Star Party May 2-9, 2021 Fort Davis, TX https://texasstarparty.org
UBarU tba Mountain Home, TX https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Okie-Tex Oct 1-9, 2021 Kenton, OK http://www.okie-tex.com/
Eldorado Star Party November 1–6, 2021 Eldorado, TX https://eldoradostarparty.org/

 

November 27, 2021, 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. The format has been changed a little bit for social distancing guidelines.  We won’t be able to have everyone share my scope, but if you have a scope of your own I can help you get started, or if not you can just enjoy the dark sky with your binoculars or naked eye and just begin learning your way around the constellations.  Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothing, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

5:30-6:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations
6:30-7:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together
7:00-9:30 - time to observe! I will be available to assist anyone to practice locating objects with their scope or binoculars. 
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 [email protected] (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

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