Special Edition North Star Newsletter

Special Announcement for the February 22 Meeting

There will be a very important subject for this meeting, The Dark Sky Problem.  This problem of course relates to the disappearing dark skies due to the encroaching light pollution.

We will have a showing of "The City Dark", a feature documentary about the loss of night.  The documentary points out that the effects of light pollution are not limited to only our view of the sky-- there are many other unexpected effects.

Written by

 Wicked Delicate Films
 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1863406/

Following the showing will be a panel discussion focusing on what we can do about light pollution.

This is a problem which affects us not only as astronomers, but also as passengers on our planet Earth.

Please do join us for this important meeting.  If you can, bring a guest.

Friday February 22, at 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

(The Novice class will be held at 6:30 PM as usual.)

Special Preview Novice Star Party

On Saturday, February 2, there will be a Novice Star Party at the O'Brien Dark Site.  This is going to be in addition to the regular Star Party on February 9, at the same location.

Sunset will be at 6:00 PM, so I would get there no later than 6:00 in order to have time to set up.  If you have nothing to set up, come anyway and bring your questions.  James Billings and I (near-novice Rusty) will be there to help anyone who wants to find out more about observing.  We will have at least a couple of telescopes and binoculars.  There are also the Club 10" Dobsonians as well as other equipment in the container.

As of today, Tuesday, the forecast for Saturday night is for partly cloudy skies with a low temperature of 50d.  The moon will not rise until after midnight, and we may have to look between the clouds, but surprisingly you can see a lot that way.

Do bring warm clothes, and warm drinks also.  It can be surprisingly cool as the temperature drops towards 50d.

NHAC is a proud member of:

Astronomical League/NASA Night Sky Network/International Dark-Sky Association

        Astronomical League         Night Sky Network     International Dark-sky

                                                                                     Association

O’Brien Observing Site

Have you been to O’Brien site yet? This is a great site that is available to NHAC members. It has open fields with a treed horizon in all directions at 5 degrees and is located in Montgomery, Texas (heading west on Highway 105).
If you would like to use this site in the future, please read the use policy on the NHAC web page (click on the “Star Party!” link from the Home page), and please follow this process:
Tim and Wanda O’Brien and their family are our hosts. They are on Netslyder, the email list server.
To request use of the site, send an email out on Netslyder to: NHAC@mail.netslyder.net (you must already be a member of the Netslyder mailing list).
Requests must be made more than 24 hours in advance.
Wanda or Tim will reply on Netslyder to let you know it is ok.
Other members are welcome to also attend that night. Once approved, another request is not necessary at that point.
The site is open to members and their guests (only when the member is present).

White Eagle Lodge (WEL)

The White Eagle Lodge is a private church retreat in Montgomery, TX. It has an open field with dark western and northern skies, although the east does suffer from light pollution. The north and east have good low horizons, while the west and southwest are somewhat obstructed by trees.
Other notes and and the procedure for reserving a night in addition to the regular monthly NHAC star parties may be found here. The property owners (St. John’s Retreat Center) request that all users sign a Release of Liability Waiver.

Additional information and Directions are available online at astronomyclub.org.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Kramer or James Billings at
observation@astronomyclub.org

2013 Public Nights*


February 1, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.

 March 1, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m.

APril 5, 2013 @  6:30 PM


*Dates and times are subject to change.

The Insperity Observatory at Humble ISD, 2505 S. Houston Ave., Humble, TX 77396 281-641-STAR

The North Houston Astronomy Club (NHAC), was formed for educational and scientific purposes, for people of all races, creeds, ethnic backgrounds and sex, for the primary purpose of developing and implementing programs designed to increase the awareness and knowledge of astronomy, especially for those living near the north side of Houston Texas.
NHAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the opportunity for all individuals to pursue the science of astronomy, by observing in a dark-sky site, learning the latest technology, and sharing their knowledge and experience. Thus, our “Observe-Learn-Share” motto.

North Houston Astronomy Club is Sponsored by:


  • Membership Benefits
  • Loaner telescopes
  • Borrow from the NHAC “Library”
  • Observe from Dark Sky Observing Sites
  • Learn from experienced amateur astronomers
  • Share your knowledge at club hosted picnics and star parties
  • Discount magazine subscriptions (contact our Treasurer)
  • Includes membership in the Astronomical League
  • The quarterly Astronomical League magazine “Reflector”
  • Eligibility for NHAC Executive Board

Observe - Learn - Share

The North Houston Astronomy Club is a non-profit organization sponsored by Lone Star College-Kingwood, dedicated to increasing the awareness and knowledge of the science of astronomy. Public meetings are held each month on the fourth Friday.