Welcome to the:

Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society (JSCAS) web site.

JSCAS is an association of amateur astronomers dedicated to the study and enjoyment of astronomy since 29 May 1967.




Beginner's Page


Telescope Loaner Program







Past JSCAS Presentations

Past JSCAS Officers

As part of its mssion of public outreach, the Johnson Space Center Astronmical Society enjoys hosting "Star Parties" where the public has the opportunity to observe the heavens through members' telescopes. If your school or group would like to have our club host a Star Party please contact:

Doug Holland

Jeff Stone

David Haviland


JSCAS appreciates the support of the Lunar & Planetary Institute and its affilaition with Universities Space Research Association (USRA). The LPI generously provides our meeting place.

Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX  77058
Location of the LPI

Club Officers

President/ - Doug Holland - sdholland777@yahoo.com

Vice President - Chris Wells

Historian - Chris Randall

Treasurer - We can't afford one!!!

Telescope Loaner Program Chair - Jeff Stone

Ron Sterlekar - Educational DVD Loaner Library Chair - Ron Sterlekar@dmn3.com

Star Party Chairman - David Haviland - starhopper457@gmail.com

Scientific Expeditions - Paul Maley - pdmaley@yahoo.com

Newsletter Editor - Connie Haviland - conniesstarscanaccount@gmail.com

Web Author/List Manager - David Haviland - starhopper457@gmail.com

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Need a custom embroided JSCAS Club Shirt?

(Restriced to Club members only)

Contact Connie at: conniescreativedesign@gmail.com





Becky Ramotowski's wonderful picture at Ft. McKavett

Below: Doug Holland's recent image of Ngc7380

And using a "Barndoor Tracker", this

Photograph of the eastern limb of the Moon showing Tycho. Phototaken with a QHY174M, CGE11, and processed the 20% best of 3000 frames using Autostakert 3, Registax6, and Photoshop CC.

The Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society is dedicated to the acquisition and dissemination of information pertaining to the science of Astronomy.  Our goal is not only to serve our members, but the general public as well. We have no dues, no by-laws, we just talk about astronomy and we are living proof that you can get something of value for free!

South East Houston Astronomy Club
  For information about the JSCAS list server click here.  

To contact JSCAS click here.

Folks - Because of the continuing Covid 19 issue - and social distancing - we are unable to meet at the Lunar Planetary Institute. However, we are going to have our meeting on August 14th - JSCAS own Paul Maley, will speak about "Around the world for an eclipse plus STARLINK and the future of the night skies". This will be a virtual meeting.

We will be conduncting this meeting through YouTube. Please see club emails and other distribution lists for details on where to log in. Expect the meeting to take approximately 80-90 minutes total. On August 14th please arrange to be at your computes at just before 7:30pm. If there are any questions, please click here!

The JSCAS has a YouTube channel!!!

Please use the link here to go the JSCAS YouTube channel to catch up on prior meetings that have been put up so far and meetings that are about to take place!


Membership to the JSCAS is open to anyone wishing to learn about astronomy. There are no dues, no-by laws -- you simply show up to our meetings.


Click here for PDF information about JSCAS new DVD Video Library!!!

Click here for PDF Information about the club's trip to Fort McKavett this March!!


The Universites Space Research Association (LPI):  Our meeting benfactor is is located at Universities Space Research Association (LPI), 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058. A map of the region and the LPI location is available for download. For information about the LPI email .Spaceday@lpi.usra.edu or call 281-486-2160.


Headlines in Astronomy and Spaceflight

New email list, Google Group is now effective immediately.

Original story: Laser pointers.

New story: From Laser Pointer Safety website


Two videos from Paul Maley. First offical space flight from an Iranian rocket on April 22nd. Here is the Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5baBs4Iv2c

The second link is a film from Paul showing the small satellite in orbit (very short). Paul filmed this from the Mexico/Arizona border: https://youtu.be/UkAhX4VVP4s



From Moon-Connection

From Heavens-Above



Member Chris Well's photocollage of the Lunar eclipse that took place January 20th of 2019.



Doug Holland's collage of the eclipse on January 20th, 2019.