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:

Chris Randal

Jim Wessel

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

Educational Outreach Chair - open

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

David's first attempt at lunar imaging. Orion Planetary and Autoguiding camera with a dated Win7-32 laptop (dedicated for imaging). Scope was a 6" Dob, untracked/unguided, just aligned it and hit the record button in the software and collect frames. Had Registax take the top 60% of frames (~150) and tweaked completely in Registax6. My goal was to image Clavius. Tycho is just to the left. Those that know the moon, south is to the right, north is to the left.

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
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To contact JSCAS click here.

We plans to have a meeting on December 14th, we will not be having a formal speaker.

Meeting Title:  Telescope Viewing or Amateur Astronomy Talks (if cloudy)

Meeting start time:
6:30 if clear, Telescope Viewing
7:30 if cloudy, Amateur Astronomy Talks
{Will make call mid afternoon on the 14th as to which way we will go based on weather}

Meeting end time:

Meeting after meeting:  9:30 to 11:00, MOD Pizza

Amateur Astronomy Talks (if cloudy)
1. Jerry - Solar Finder Scope
2. Kayla - TBD DIY Astronomy
3. Hernan - TBD Oddity
4. Chris - Polar Express
5. David - A Beginner's Guide to the Moon
6. Doug - Astrophotography: Setup and Operation
7. Doug - Beginner's Target Planning



Our meetings are held on the 2nd Friday, each month, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the USRA bldg. (3600 Bay Area Blvd. at Middlebrook Dr.)

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!!!

Eyes on the Sky DIY Astronomy

David's Phone Ap Presentation


Family Space Days at the LPI:  Our meeting benfactor is is located at Universities Space Research Association, 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

'Epidemic level' of laser attacks directed at planes and seemingly football players'

Original story: Laser pointers.

New story: From Laser Pointer Safety website


From Moon-Connection

From Heavens-Above



IC4592 - Horsehead Reflection Nebula in Scorpius. Image was taken at the Texas Star Party around the end of May. Equipment used: Canon 200mm focal length camera lens at f/3.2 and a modified Canon 450D Camera. This is a large reflection nebula near the top of Scorpius.