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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.

January Novice and General Meetings

Bruce PollardPublished January 9, 2021 by Bruce Pollard

The Novice and General Meetings for January will be on Friday, January 22. The Novice Meeting will start at 6:30 P.M. and the General Meeting will start at 7:30 P.M. Both will be on Zoom.

January NHAC Zoom
Time: Jan 22, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Novice Meeting
The Novice Meeting will feature Dr. Bruce Pollard (President, NHAC) discussing “Winter Skies and 2021 Highlights“. Novices should also check out the New Telescope Q&A at the close of the general session.

General Meeting
The General Meeting will feature coauthor Robert Brayton (Vice President NHAC) , Cr.Photog., CPP, presenting the new Astronomical League program, “The Foundations of Imaging” ( This AL program is for astronomers who desire to photographically capture the beautiful and fascinating objects in the night sky. This short presentation will cover the “big picture” (pun intended) of astrophotography, and explain the requirements and standards for submission so you can earn your certificate and pin while learning new skills.

Bonus Extra
Did you get new telescope equipment in 2020? Following Robert’s presentation, the Zoom floor will be opened for Questions and Answers primarily for new telescope owners. Questions submitted by email will be answered first, so get your questions emailed today!

December Meeting and Election

Bruce PollardPublished December 3, 2020 by Bruce Pollard

Our December General meeting will be held Friday December 11 at 7:00PM

It will be a Zoom Meeting. The link is The link will be open at 6:45PM CST. Please call 281 361 0381 if you have a problem.

Speaker: Dr. Renee James (Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Sam Houston State University)
Subject: “BOOM! (some of) The Most Powerful Cosmic Events Since the Big Bang.” (Based on a book she is writing) Click here to read about Professor James distinguished background.

The presentation will be followed by a brief club wide meeting to hold officer elections. Listed below is the slate of candidates for next year.

President – Bruce Pollard (current Vice President)

Vice President – Robert Brayton

Secretary – Rusty Hill (incumbent)

Treasurer – Joana Tan Gramajo (incumbent)

Astronomical League Coordinator – Aaron Clevenson (incumbent)

Membership Chair – Hagen Miller (incumbent)

Program Chair – Susan Pollard

Observation Chair – James Billings (incumbent)

Webmaster – Jamie Martin

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