NHAC ‘2018 Early Spring’ Gathering!

justin mccollumPublished March 19, 2018 by justin mccollum

Greetings to all of our club members, visitors, and guests!

We welcome you to the regular meetings of the North Houston Astronomy Club on the 4th Friday of every month.

Currently, our club has its monthly meetings at the Montgomery campus of the Lone Star College system for 2018.

Lone Star – Montgomery Campus is north of the Woodlands, TX on the West Side of I45 and East of the WG Jones State Forest near SH 242.

Click below here for a Map of the Campus and Driving Directions!
(Parking permits are not required after 6 PM!)

Lone Star – Montgomery Campus

Physical Address

3200 College Park Dr.

Conroe, TX 77384

This month the Novice and General Meetings are combined!

Place: Lone Star College – Montgomery Campus

Location: Classroom Bldg. B (1st Floor Auditorium – Room B102)

Time: (6:30 – 10:00) PM

Speaker:  Robert S. Brayton, CPP

Certified Professional Photographer




This is a special event in which Robert Brayton will perform two sessions on Astrophotography. In the novice session, Mr. Brayton will demonstrate the techniques and processes for creating Astro images by image acquisition, stacking, image processing, and editing. The general meeting Robert will expand on the important and key factors in producing ‘first-rate’ high-quality images of DSOs (Deep Sky Objects) and other types of images of objects, structures, and events in Space as observed or witnessed here on Earth!


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

The Atomic Cafe (Images of Deep Space)

The Semi-Annual Atascocita Star Party is Coming Up!

Atasocicta Star Party and Picnic kicks off third annual event on April 29. Photo: Courtesy Photo

The 4th Semi-Annual Atascocita Star Party will take place on 24 March 2018 from (6:30 – 9:30) pm hosted by the North Houston Astronomy Club. For more information on the star party, you can visit the event on the calendar webpage by click on this link: Atascocita for find it on Facebook!

Read up on it more at the NHAC web page.

Atascocita Star Parties

Visit the Atascocita Star Party webpage on Facebook (You do not need to sign up for info!)

Atascocita Starparty on Facebook