HAS Texas 45 Observing Program

What kind of objects will I be looking for?

The Texas 45 is an observing program designed for the motivated novice and intermediate observer so we want to make sure you see a wide variety of objects. The object list includes: planetary nebulae, diffuse nebulae, open star clusters, globular star clusters, galaxies, a carbon star, variable stars, multiple star systems, constellations, solar system objects, and a white dwarf. Special emphasis is placed on southern objects like Omega Centauri, easily viewed from Columbus. How cool is that?

What kind of telescope can I use? How about binoculars?

Any size telescope can be used—GoTo, PushTo, or manual. Binoculars can be used for a number of list objects. A few observations do require at least a 6" aperture telescope. With 60 objects to choose from and only 45 to log, choose the bigger or brighter objects if aperture is a concern.

I’m in! What do I need to do?

  • Observe list objects at the HAS observing site only.
  • Observe at least 10 objects from each season's list. That’s 40 objects, 10 each from winter, spring, summer, and autumn.
  • Observe 5 solar system objects of your choice, any time of year. That makes 45 objects: the HAS Texas 45.
  • Record your observations and send the completed log to the HAS Texas 45 program coordinator.

Special circumstances?

If you’ve already observed some objects at the site, fill out the HAS Texas 45 observation log like usual, estimating when you were at the site. Also, non-members are welcome to work on the list in the company of an HAS member. Special rules may apply.

Do I get an award?

Observers who successfully complete the HAS Texas 45 observing program will be presented both a pin and a certificate of completion at the HAS general membership meeting.

  • Earn the bronze certificate by observing 45 objects, electronic finding aids or go-to telescope okay.
  • Earn the silver certificate by observing either (a) 45 objects using star hopping only, or (b) all 65 objects using go-to or electronic finding aids.
  • Go for the gold by observing all 65 objects using the star hopping method only. Certificates designate the award level; the pin remains the same

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    Questions?

    Contact Rene Gedaly with questions about the HAS Texas 45 program. Contact Chris Ober with questions about observatory site operations and observing site log reports.

    The HAS Texas 45 is dedicated to the memory of Bob Rogers.

    Honor Roll

    The following members have completed the HAS Texas 45 observing program. Congratulations!

    • Steve Fast, gold level award, all 60 seasonal objects plus 5 solar system objects via star hopping only, certificate #1
    • Rob Torrey, silver level award, all 60 seasonal objects plus 5 solar system objects, go-to or mix of go-to and star hopping, certificate #2
    • Rene Gedaly, gold level award, all 60 seasonal objects plus 5 solar system objects via star hopping only, certificate #3
    • Chris Thiede, gold level award, all 60 seasonal objects plus 5 solar system objects via star hopping only, certificate #4
    • Amelia Goldberg, silver level award, 40 out of 60 seasonal objects plus 5 solar system objects via star hopping only, certificate #5
    • Craig Lamison, silver level award, 40 out of 60 seasonal objects plus 5 solar system objects via star hopping only, certificate #6
    • Clayton Jeter, gold level award, all 60 seasonal objects plus 5 solar system objects via star hopping only, certificate #7
    • Brian Cudnik, silver level award, all 60 seasonal objects plus 5 solar system objects, go-to or mix of go-to and star hopping, certificate #8
    • Steve Goldberg, silver level award, 40 out of 60 seasonal objects plus 5 solar system objects via star hopping only, certificate #9
    • Craig Lamison, gold level award, certificate #10. Also certificate #6 for the silver.

     

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