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August 21, 2017, 11:30AM: HAS at Mendenhall Community Center for Eclipse

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HAS at Trini Mendenhall Community Center
11:30am - 1:30pm


1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055


Join Telescope Chairman Allen Wilkerson at the Mendenhall Community Center in Houston to view the eclipse. If you’ve been to a SIG or HAS party, you know where this is. Click blue link above to get directions from your location.
 

August 26, 2017, 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. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito 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.

9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:45-11:00 - 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 stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

September 16, 2017, 7:30PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Summer

THIS IS THE ONE TO GET STARTED ON. BEAUTIFUL OBJECTS, EASY TO FIND.

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! We will meet in the new bunkhouse at the Dark Site for a short overview on how to find summer 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 summer and fall list objects identified. September map to come September 1.

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

  • We will meet at 7:30 pm in the new bunkhouse and move to the field at sunset at 8-ish pm to get ready to observe. Rene Gedaly is the evening’s instructor; Amelia Goldberg and Rene Gedaly will provide hands-on guidance.
  • Don’t forget to contact Steve Goldberg to reserve a bunk at HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Space is limited so get in your RSVP soon to AstraGeekette@gmail.com

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

 

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

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. 

October 06, 2017, 8:30PM: Candlelighters Camp CLIFF Star Party

We’ve been invited once again to Burton, TX for the Camp CLIFF retreat weekend. For those who haven’t heard of this, it’s a getaway for children fighting cancer and their families, and it gives them an opportunity to do fun things and not think about any of the serious things they have to deal with for a weekend. In years past, we’ve brought our telescopes out for the campers to look through for about an hour, and it’s always been a great time under the dark skies in Burton, TX. This is a relatively short event and a long drive from central Houston, but the camp hosts have given us an opportunity to stay later to do any observing we want to do once the campers retreat to their cabins for the night. Even with the lights on, the Milky Way is visible from the field we set up in.

Event: Candlelighters Camp CLIFF Star Party
Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 8:30pm – 9:45pm.
Location: Camp-for-All (6301 Rehburg Rd, Burton, TX 77835) https://goo.gl/maps/s83zFS6nFu42
Number of volunteers needed: 6-8

October 14, 2017, 6:00PM: WSIG/Texas 45 Fall List

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together! We will meet in the new bunkhouse at the Dark Site for a short overview on how to find 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. The October map will be published October 1st.

This program is open to all members! 

  • We will meet at 7:30 pm in the new bunkhouse and move to the field at sunset at 8-ish pm to get ready to observe. Rene Gedaly is the evening’s instructor; Amelia Goldberg and Rene Gedaly will provide hands-on guidance.
  • Don’t forget to contact Steve Goldberg to reserve a bunk at HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Space is limited so get in your RSVP soon to AstraGeekette@gmail.com

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

Rain Date: Saturday Oct 21, 2017.

October 18, 2017, 7:00PM: VSIG Meeting - October

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 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. 

January 05, 2018, 8:00PM: WSIG Texas 45 Graduation

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