Upcoming Star Parties

September 2019

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September 21, 2019, 4:00PM: POSTPONED: Observatory Training

The observatory is temporarily out of order. Students will be advised when class is rescheduled.

SCHEDULE
4:00 pm Class meets at observatory
6:30 pm Dinner break (brown bag)
7:00 pm Class reconvenes for skills demonstration, personal access code, class photo, and observing
12:00 am 1st light window (summer)
02:00 am 2nd light window (summer)

Sunset 7:24 pm  Astro-dark 8:44 pm  Moonrise 00:32

Training covers opening and closing the observatory, operating the 12.5”  f/5 and C14 telescopes, and securing the building in case of emergency. After a short dinner break, students will reconvene to demonstrate competence in these areas:

  • Understanding the burden of responsibility for the facility
  • Documenting  "as found” and “as left” condition of the observatory
  • Proper startup and shutdown of the telescopes
  • Use of emergency procedures

Check training prerequisites here: Observatory Training Prereqs. To sign up for class, watch for my email to go out via [email protected] and respond to Observatory Director Christopher Ober at [email protected]. The first six RSVPs will be added to the roster.

Rene Gedaly

September 21, 2019, 6:45PM: 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 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:

7:30-8:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

8:30-9:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:00-11:30 - 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 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 05, 2019, 8:00PM: Discovery Green Star Party/International Observe the Moon Night

Whimsical illustration of people looking at the Moon.

Join Discovery Green and the the Houston Astronomical Society (H.A.S.) for a star party in the heart of Space City. Take a deeper look at space with complimentary telescopes and learn more about space and astronomy.

Where: Discovery Green

When: Saturday, October 5 at 8:00PM

October 26, 2019, 3:00PM: HAS Member and Guest Picnic

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And Club Observing

Columbus Dark Site

Saturday Ocober 26, 2019

Clear or Cloudy

3:00 pm until ????

Come join the fun and hob nob with your fellow HAS members – eat BBQ and Stargaze – What could be better?

HAS will provide the BBQ meats, utensils, water & tea and all of the trimmings. You bring your favorite salad, sides and desserts to share.

RSVP by 10/18  to Field Trip and Observing Chair – Jim King

Jim King <[email protected]>

Please provide your name, number in your group, and the salad, side or desert you plan to bring and share.

Too cloudy to observe – come anyway! Enjoy the company and if there is no burn-ban we will have a bonfire!

November 01, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Monthly Meeting

Meeting Notice to be Updaed 

December 06, 2019, 6:30PM: HAS Holiday Pot-Luck and Meeting - Trini Mendenhall Community Center

Meeting Notice to be Updaed 

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