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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.

Welcome

Information

Calendar

Beginner's Page

Newsletter

Telescope Loaner Program

Observing

SIG's

Expeditions

Links

Presentations

Contacts/Members

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

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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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CURRENT MOON

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

Image of M31 taken by Treavor Quinn - details to follow.

 

 

Mare Frigoris, north of Mare Imbrium and topology north of that mare. Shot was taken July 12th with a CGE 11 using a QHY5III178M. Best 20% of 4000 frames were taken using FireCapture and stacked in Autostakkert 3, with processing in PS-CC, annotated in Powerpoint.

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 the need for social distancing - we are unable to physically meet at the Lunar Planetary Institute at this time.

However, we will continue to have our meetings virtually through our YouTube channel. Please see club emails and other distribution lists for details on where to log in.

On November 13th please arrange to be at your computer at just before 7:30pm where Dr. Christopher Johns-Krull, from Rice Univ. will speak to us about "Characterizing Planets Around Other Stars: The Quest for Life on Other Worlds".

If there are any questions, please click here!

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 the YouTube link to the 2020 All Clubs Meeting

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

 

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

 

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From Moon-Connection

From Heavens-Above

 

Member Chris Well's photo of the M51 Whirlpool Galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. Takahashi TOA130NS with TS 2.5” field flattener with images taken with a Canon 60Da DSLR at ISO1600. Image composed of 11 x 5 minute subs.

 

 

Doug Holland's image of M8 - The Lagoon Nebula, and Sh2-54 - The Egg in the Nest Nebula. These were both taken with an 80ED refractor telescope using narrowband emission line filters. M8 has Sulfur assigned to red, Hydrogen to green, and Oxygen to blue. Sh2-54 is a black & white hydrogen only image. Also, the system was controlled remotely using a Raspberry Pi located outside with the telescope. This makes Summer time imaging more enjoyable - sitting in our air conditioned house.