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February Novice and General Meetings

JamiePublished January 30, 2021 by Jamie

Friday, February 26

This is a zoom meeting.  The link goes live at 6:15

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The novice meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. 

The February novice session will focus on the March Conjunctions and Equinox, and introduce Stellarium.  Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop, tablet, or smartphone with Stellarium already loaded.  Stellarium is free and works in Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, or even in a webpage.  See for download information.  Learning and using Stellarium will be featured in all novice sessions starting in February.


The general meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

It will feature Stephen Hummel, Dark Skies Specialist at the McDonald Observatory. His presentation will be:


A History of the McDonald Observatory

We will learn about the history and design of the major telescopes at the observatory.  These include the 2.1m Otto Struve, the 2.7m Harlan J. Smith, and the 10m Hobby-Eberly.  In addition to the telescopes’ design, we will also hear about the numerous discoveries they have made.

Bill Leach Memorial Scholarship Fund Endowment

JamiePublished January 30, 2021 by Jamie
The North Houston Astronomy Club will be contributing $1,000 to the Bill Leach Memorial Scholarship Fund Endowment at the Lone Star College Educational Foundation. 

In recognition of the recent passing of Bill Leach, colleagues and family at Lone Star College are honoring Bill’s commitment to education by supporting the Bill Leach Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at Lone Star College through donations to the Lone Star College Foundation.  Donations will help others receive the education they need and honor his memory. The fund needs to reach $15,000 to be fully endowed.  Please consider supporting these efforts with a donation of any amount. His family will be notified of your gift and the amounts of your donations will be kept confidential.

Donate in any of these ways:

  • Donate with a credit card online: Visit and choose “LSC-(Kingwood) Scholarships” from the drop-down menu. In the comments box at the bottom of the form, please note: “Bill Leach Memorial Scholarship”.

  • Donate with a credit card over the phone: Please call Gabriela Andrade during regular business hours at 832.813.6638 and specify “Bill Leach Memorial Scholarship”.

  • Donate with a check: Make the check payable to LSC Foundation and mail to 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381-4399 and put: “Bill Leach Memorial Scholarship” in the check’s memo line.