NHAC ‘Late Summer 2017’ Monthly Gathering!

justin mccollumPublished July 27, 2017 by justin mccollum

Greetings to all from the North Houston Astronomy Club!

All club members, visitors, and guests are invited and welcomed to attend our monthly club meetings at the Lone Star Kingwood College.

We will continue to have our novice and general meetings at the CLA Classroom Building on the Lone Star Campus in Kingwood, Texas.

(Date: 28 July 2017)

Our club meetings are held on the 4th Friday of every month except in November & December when our meetings are held on the 3rd Friday. Octobers depend on the date for the Annual Regional SE Texas Gulf Coast ‘All – Clubs’ meeting as it is scheduled in conjunction with the 1st Qtr Moon phase during that month!

All novice meetings commence at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Floor in the Astronomy Classroom which is accessible either by the two-quarter, winding staircase next to the CLA Building auditorium or the elevators down the main corridor on the south side of the building.  The stairs will be located on your left upon entry into the building with respect to the main entryway facing the parking lot on the west end of the campus.  You will need to make another left turn next to the ‘Teaching Teacher’ Auditorium where access to the stairs will be on your left again and the doors to the auditorium will be on your right. The elevators to the second floor are down the main hall which will be to your right upon passing through the entryway into CLA building facing the parking lot. There is a corridor ledge (2nd Floor) as seen when entering the building and the Astronomy classroom doors are visible from the entryway. All general meetings will commence one hour later at 7:30 pm on the first floor in the Teaching Teacher Auditorium next to the staircase.

The general meeting will cover club business and news in the first part with tonight’s presenter being the main part of the meeting. Food and Drinks will be provided and paid for by the club and all club members, guests, and visitors are welcome. Hopefully, many of our guest and visitors who live in the surrounding areas will consider joining our club!

Please go to this link for more information on Parking & Directions: Lone Star College Map

Novice Meeting

Speaker Mr.Todd Sullivan

(North Houston Astronomy Club Program Director)




General Meeting

Speaker:  Robert S. Brayton, CPP

Certified Professional Photographer

Presentation: Astrophotography Part II – Editing the Photograph with Software


The digital revolution continues.  In this presentation, we discuss astrophotography from the perspective of one who is a photographer, inventor, and engineer.  Robert’s background in photography and computer engineering provide a unique perspective on how to leverage digital hardware and software with “backyard” telescopes to produce images that go far beyond what was previously possible.  Topics include astronomy, optics, equipment, software control, imaging, and how to process raw data into stunning astrophotographs.

This will be part two of Robert Brayton’s presentation on Astrophotography a continuation of his earlier presentation part I from the February General Meeting. This time around his presentation will focus more as a workshop in the editing of astrophotos using specialized software for processing and photo manipulation of images.


Robert S. Brayton, CPP

Certified Professional Photographer

Robert is the owner and founder of PhotoVideoSounda digital media production company serving the greater Houston area.  He is a second generation freelance photographer with decades of study and application in digital engineering and arts: creating art and enhancing life experience through digital technology.  His vision is to enrich the lives of people and businesses through visual storytelling in still and moving life portraiture.

PhotoVideoSound provides forward-thinking solutions for commercial media by providing excellence in photography, video production, and sound design. 

Clients include Mercedes-Benz USA, Century 21, Snap Fitness, Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force auxiliary), Bella Pictures, and Imagine Videos.

Robert served one tour in the U.S. Air Force as a computer repairman.  The training that he learned in the Air Force was so thorough that he used it to become a computer engineer.  During his 25 years as an engineer (including 10 years with Compaq/HP) he was awarded two patents and helped to invent several devices commonly used today.  Major Brayton served as the Commander of the Civil Air Patrol Delta Composite Squadron and is currently involved in Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs.

Before retiring from the field of computer engineering in 2006, Robert designed large scale redundant computer systems, artificial intelligence, cryptography, and researched and developed emerging digital hardware, firmware, and software systems for HP, Compaq, MCI, HSN, and NCR.  He has two patents.  His other interests include astrophotography, art, music, and Mensa.

Robert studied at Purdue University, LeTourneau University, Hollywood Film Institute (Feature Film Producer, Cinema Director, Line Producer Emeritus), Professional Photographers of America, Texas School of Photography, and the San Antonio Independent Christian Filmmakers Academy.  He earned the Certified Professional Photographer from the Professional Photographic Commission in 2012 and is currently working on the Photographic Craftsman degree.  He is currently or has been a previous member of the following organisationsMensa, Toastmasters International (CTM), Professional Photographers of America (CPP), Texas Professional Photographers Association, Professional Photographers Guild of Houston (2012 Board of Directors, 2013 Secretary, 2014 Image Competition Action Team), Houston Professional Videographers Association, Houston Astronomical Society, North Houston Astronomy Club, and is a volunteer astronomer at Insperity Observatory.

To Learn more about (Mr. Brayton & Astrophotography):


Professional Photographers Guild of Houston

Sky & Tel Astrophotography Webpage

Astrophotography 101

Jerry Lodriguss’s ‘Catching the Light’

Russell Croman’s Site (Fabulous)!

Beginner DSLR Astrophotography (Youtube)

To Learn more about (Photo Processing and Image Manipulation):

Catching the Light!

Clark Vision

Recommended Software