NHAC ‘Mid Spring 2017’ Club Gathering!

justin mccollumPublished April 18, 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 April 2017)

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

All novice meetings will continue to start at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Floor in the Astronomy Classroom which is accessible either way the two-quarter, winding staircase next to the CLA building auditorium or to the elevators down the main corridor on the south side of the building.  There is a corridor ledge (2nd Floor) as seen when entering the building from the main doors facing the parking lot and the Astronomy classroom doors are visible from the entryway. All general meetings will start one hour later at 7:30 pm on the first floor in the Teaching Teacher Auditorium next to the staircase that takes one to the 2nd Floor. The main doors to the auditorium upon entering the building from the side facing the parking lots will be on your left and then past the staircase, they will be the first doors on your left again when heading towards the north corridor on the 1st Floor.

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 to come to our first meeting of the year. Hopefully, many of our guest and visitors who live in the surrounding areas will consider joining our club!

Novice Meeting


Dr. Bruce Pollard (NHAC Vice President)


Spring Stars, Summer Clusters, and Convex Lens Physics

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Dr. Bruce Pollard will give us a presentation in which a basic outline on the Physics of Convex lens is what provides all telescopes the ability to harness the optimal use of electromagnetic radiation (visible light) in order for Astronomers to have the capacity to observe celestial objects and structures. These objects and structures range in size from planets in our own solar system to clusters of galaxies spanning hundreds of millions of light years are so far away as to be beyond the resolution of the naked Human eye. This requires the use of the convex lens to concentrate and manipulate the rays of light propagating (passing) through the optics of a telescope to resolve these far away objects and structures to better observation and study!

This talk will apply the concept of the convex lens to observing the various deep sky objects (DSOs) currently or permanently residing in our celestial Spring Skies from the planet Jupiter to Galaxies!

 To Learn more about Convex Lenses (See the following links)

The Physics Classroom!

Lens in Hyperphysics

Physics of Optics

YouTube (Ray Diagrams One)

YouTube (Ray Diagrams Two)

 To Learn more about the Spring Celestial Skies (See the following links)

Windows To the Universe!

Asterisms of the Spring Sky!

Asterisms of the Sky

Deep Sky Objects in Spring

General Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Aaron Clevenson

(Insperity Observatory Director)

Presentation: Radio Astronomy at Home!

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Amateur Radio Astronomy is growing movement within the world of the hobby of Amateur Astronomy! Once the domain of academic professionals at national, international, and university owned facilities there are now a variety of radio dishes that are available to conduct amateur research into the studying the heavens and the Universe through the radio range of the electromagnetic spectrum. There are now many organizations both national and international in which techniques, observational strategies, data collection, and proper use of the right equipment can be acquired by the ‘citizen scientist’ to act as a co – collaborator with the professional world in the area of Radio Astronomy!

 To Learn more about Amateur Radio Astronomy (See the following links)

The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomy!

Mike Brown’s Planets

Build your own Radio Telescope!

Radio Astronomy Supplies

Essentials of Radio Astronomy!

NRAO (Revealing the Hidden Universe)

Radio Astronomy Observing Program

New Professor Comet Report!

 Check out the newest ‘Professor Comet’ report for Mid Spring 2017 – April/May is now available on the Professor Comet webpage. There is new information on the latest for comets 41P/Tuttle – Giacobini – Kresak, C/2015 V2 (Johnson), & C/2017 E4 (Lovejoy)!

Here is the direct link to the webpage:

Professor Comet!

Here is a direct access to both reports

The Comet Report – Spring 2017 (PDF Form)

The Comet Report – Spring 2017 (PPT Form)


The Next Atascocita Star Party & Picnic is Coming Up!

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

3rd Semi – Annual Atascocita Star Party & Picnic will take place on 29 April 2017 from (6 – 9:30) pm hosted by our beloved NHAC Program Director, Mr. Todd Sullivan! 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 Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce

Lake Houston Webpage

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

Atascocita Starparty on Facebook