The AVAC is a member of the Astronomical League. The Leagues basic goal is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America. Many people have seen pictures of the other planets in our Solar System from spacecraft, but have no idea that they too can see these objects with a telescope. They want people to get access to telescopes, whether it is through their local astronomical society, school, or their own instruments, and use them to view the beauty in the heavens.

To encourage amateur astronomers to learn and study the night sky, the league has developed 28 observing clubs, which are listed below. Each club offers a certificate based upon achieving certain observing goals and a beautiful award pin. These are usually in the form of a specific number of objects of a specific group with a given type of instrument. Occasionally there are multiple levels of accomplishment within the. There is no time limit for completing the required observing, but good record keeping is required. For the clubs listed below that are shaded, it is valid to use computerized GOTO systems or digital setting circles. Although you CAN use a GOTO system on these programs, it is highly recommended that manual methods be used. For any program not shaded, you must use manual methods to complete the program.

The North Houston Astronomy publishes a monthly newsletter, "What's Up, Doc?", that lists what objects are in the evening sky, organized by Astronomical League. They also have an Excel spread sheet, "What's Up Tonight, Doc?". The user enters their latitude, longitude, and the Universal Time of their observing and the spreadsheet will provide various listings of objects in the sky at that time, ordered by descending altitude. It currently has 2187 objects, covering all 28 of the Astronomical League clubs.

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Announcements

 

 'NightFall'  is October 19-22 at Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort in Borrego Springs, California. Weekend Star Party.  See info on calendar.

Dark Sky Star Party on Saturday, October 21st.  Location will be Lockwood Valley/Chuchupate observing site near Frazier Park.  See info on calendar.

Prime Desert Woodland Moon Walk with Jeremy Amarant at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in Lancaster on Saturday October 28th at 6:30pm.  Telescopes for viewing before and after the walk.  Free and open to the public.  Weather permitting.  'Scary Science' with Jeremy Amarant will be at 4pm in the Visitor's Center.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Nightfall
Thursday, Oct 19, 2017, 12:00PM - 11:00AM - Sunday, Oct 22, 2017
AVAC DSSP
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, 4:00PM - 8:00AM - Sunday, Oct 22, 2017
Prime Desert Moon Walk
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Prime Desert Moon Walk
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Club Meeting
Friday, Nov 10, 2017, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Dark Sky Star Party
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017, 3:00PM - 8:00AM - Sunday, Nov 19, 2017