North Houston Astronomy Club .:NHAC:. | Observe . . . Learn . . . Share . . . | Page 2

July General Meeting

JamiePublished July 8, 2021 by Jamie

Join us on Friday, July 23rd for our monthly meeting. We have 2 great presentations!

Join Zoom Meeting.. link opens at 6:15

6:30 p.m. – Novice Talk

The novice talk will be presented by Aaron Clevenson, NHAC’s Astronomical League Coordinator.

Galileo’s TOES: What ‘s up with Jupiter?
Tune in for all the details of Jupiter and what you need to be looking for, now, through the end of the year. Suitable for novices and experienced alike, not to be missed.

7:30 p.m. – Main Presentation

Our general meeting speaker will be presented by Robert Reeves.

Not Your Daddy’s Astrophotography
In this new presentation, Robert Reeves contrasts today’s astrophotography techniques with those of just 20 years ago. Robert demonstrates how modern celestial photography allows the back yard amateur to not only exceed the quality of past professional lunar and planetary photography, but to perform back yard deep sky photography that was once possible only from dark sky sites. Additionally, Robert will show how a simple camera and tripod, coupled with free software, can create stunning wide-field panoramas that span half the sky.


Robert Reeves Biography

Robert Reeves has been exploring the Moon since 1958 and took his first lunar photograph in 1959. He began telescopic astronomy with a four-inch Criterion Dynascope, his Christmas present in 1960. In 1975 he acquired a Celestron 8 telescope, which he still uses today. In 1977, Robert acquired a Celestron 8-inch Schmidt camera that he used for a quarter century for deep sky photography. Today, Reeves uses a Celestron 11 Edge HD, a Sky-Watcher 180mm Maksutov, and a Celestron 14 Edge HD telescope for lunar and deep sky photography from his Perspective Observatory located in central Texas.

In 1984 Reeves began publishing articles about astrophotography in Astronomy magazine. Since then Robert has published over 250 magazine articles and 200 newspaper columns about astronomy. His articles have appeared in Sky and Telescope, Astronomy, Deep Sky, Deep Sky Journal, Amateur Astronomy, and The Astrograph. In 1994 Reeves published his first book, The Superpower Space Race, followed by The Conquest of Space, co-authored with Fritz Bronner. In 2000, Robert published Wide-Field Astrophotography, followed by Introduction to Digital Astrophotography in 2005 and Introduction to Webcam Astrophotography in 2006.

Although Robert Reeves is an accomplished deep sky astrophotographer, his current passion is re-popularizing the Moon within the amateur astronomy community. Robert has perfected image processing techniques that allow the amateur astronomer, using modest equipment, to exceed the quality of Earth-based professional lunar photographs taken during the Apollo era.

Robert Reeves enjoys speaking to astronomy conventions and spreading his passion for the Moon and capturing the beauty of the night sky. Reeves has spoken at the Winter Star Party, Apollo Rendezvous, the Advanced Imaging Conference and SpaceFest. He has spoken twice to the Okie-Tex Star Party, the Mid-West Astro Imaging Conference, and the Southwest Astrophoto seminar. Robert has also spoken three times to AstroImage and spoken four times to ALCON, NEAF, and NEAIC, in addition to many presentations to the Texas Star Party. Robert has also been the Master of Ceremonies at two ALCONs and three times at the Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo and is the evening speaker coordinator for the Texas Star Party. Other travels include a five-city speaking tour in China where Reeves was the first westerner to address the Chinese astronomy community about the Moon.

Asteroid 26591 Robertreeves is named in his honor and asteroid 26592 Maryrenfro bears his wife’s name. Robert and Mary Reeves are the only husband and wife team to have sequentially numbered asteroids.

June General Meeting

JamiePublished June 9, 2021 by Jamie

Join us on Friday, June 25th for our monthly meeting.  The novice talk will be presented by Rob Brayton at 6:30pm.  Our main talk will be a presentation on the James Webb Telescope by Dr. Kelly Lepo starting at 7:30pm.  Please join us.  Here is the Zoom Link

Join Zoom Meeting


What to expect from the James Webb Space Telescope

 The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA’s next flagship space observatory, which will launch in late Fall 2021. In this presentation, Dr. Lepo will discuss the science and challenges of infrared astronomy, as well as the big questions that the Webb telescope will help to answer: What were the first galaxies like? How do galaxies change over time? How do stars and planets form in those galaxies? What are the atmospheres of planets around other stars made of? She will also discuss what to expect in the 6-months after launch, as controllers carefully unfold and prepare the telescope to take its first science images.



Dr. Kelly Lepo is an Education and Outreach Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where she primarily works to support outreach efforts for the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. She received a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Toronto. During her time in Canada, she made numerous local and national media appearances to talk about everything from the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse to the Super Blue Blood Moon. She has also served as the Coordinator of the McGill Space Institute, taught physics at Gonzaga University, and helped build the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.