Welcome to the:

Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society (JSCAS) web site.

JSCAS is an association of amateur astronomers dedicated to the study and enjoyment of astronomy since 29 May 1967.




Beginner's Page


Telescope Loaner Program







Past JSCAS Presentations

Past JSCAS Officers

As part of its mssion of public outreach, the Johnson Space Center Astronmical Society enjoys hosting "Star Parties" where the public has the opportunity to observe the heavens through members' telescopes. If your school or group would like to have our club host a Star Party please contact:

Doug Holland

Chris Wells

David Haviland


JSCAS appreciates the support of the Lunar & Planetary Institute and its affilaition with Universities Space Research Association (USRA). The LPI generously provides our meeting place.

Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX  77058
Location of the LPI

Club Officers

President/ - Doug Holland - sdholland777@yahoo.com

Vice President - Chris Wells

Historian - Chris Randall

Treasurer - We can't afford one!!!

Telescope Loaner Program is currently non operational

Ron Sterlekar - Educational DVD Loaner Library Chair - Ron Sterlekar@dmn3.com

Star Party Chairman - David Haviland - starhopper457@gmail.com

Scientific Expeditions - Paul Maley - pdmaley@yahoo.com

Newsletter Editor - Connie Haviland - conniesstarscanaccount@gmail.com

Web Author/List Manager - David Haviland - starhopper457@gmail.com

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Need a custom embroided JSCAS Club Shirt?

(Restriced to Club members only)

Contact Connie at: conniescreativedesign@gmail.com





Becky Ramotowski's wonderful picture at Ft. McKavett

Below: Doug Holland's recent image of Ngc7380

Image of M31 taken by Treavor Quinn - details to follow.



Mare Frigoris, north of Mare Imbrium and topology north of that mare. Shot was taken July 12th with a CGE 11 using a QHY5III178M. Best 20% of 4000 frames were taken using FireCapture and stacked in Autostakkert 3, with processing in PS-CC, annotated in Powerpoint.

The Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society is dedicated to the acquisition and dissemination of information pertaining to the science of Astronomy.  Our goal is not only to serve our members, but the general public as well. We have no dues, no by-laws, we just talk about astronomy and we are living proof that you can get something of value for free!

South East Houston Astronomy Club
  For information about the JSCAS list server click here.  

To contact JSCAS click here.

For the month of May, we will be having the meeting AT the Lunar Planetary Institute and we will also have this through our Youtube channel. The meeting will start at 7:30pm on May 12th Meeting - Aaron Clevenson, HNAC & Insperity - "Mysteries of the Universe".  For those remoting from distant lands, please take this one via our Youtube channel.

Please see club emails and other distribution lists for details on where to log in. As our live meetings traditionally started at 7:30pm CST, so would our virtual meetings. Please make sure you are on our Youtube channel a few moments before 7:30pm. Bear with us as at the minimum, we'll try to record the meeting and then post it on the clubs YouTube page within a few days. Please join us for the November 11th meeting.

Our Youtube channel is here! When in doubt, get into YouTube and search for Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society. - there you will see the current meeting as well as previously recorded meetings!

AFTER the meeting... we are still planning on converging at our "usual" MOD Pizza for an after meeting gathering! By all means, please come out if you are in the area. Proposed meeting time at MOD's is 9:30-45 PM.

Announcements about meetings will be made over the clubs email list and on the clubs Facebook page. Get the link below to the club's YouTube page where you can view this upcoming meeting and also view some of the prior meetings of the club.

If there are any questions about the meetings, or astronomy in general, please click here!

Membership to the JSCAS is open to anyone wishing to learn about astronomy. There are no dues, no-by laws -- you simply show up to our meetings.

The Universites Space Research Association (LPI):  Our meeting benfactor is is located at Universities Space Research Association (LPI), 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058. A map of the region and the LPI location is available for download. For information about the LPI email .Spaceday@lpi.usra.edu or call 281-486-2160.


Headlines in Astronomy and Spaceflight

New email list, Google Group is now effective immediately.

Original story: Laser pointers.

New story: From Laser Pointer Safety website


Two videos from Paul Maley. First offical space flight from an Iranian rocket on April 22nd. Here is the Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5baBs4Iv2c

The second link is a film from Paul showing the small satellite in orbit (very short). Paul filmed this from the Mexico/Arizona border: https://youtu.be/UkAhX4VVP4s



From Moon-Connection


From Heavens-Above


Member Chris Well's photo of Omega Centauri NGC 5139 is a globular cluster in the constellation of Centaurus. Takahashi TOA130NS with TS 2.5” field flattener with an Atik460EX. Image composed of 36 x 30s minute subs unguided.


Chris Well's photo of Pinwheel Galaxy M101 is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major. Takahashi TOA130NS with TS 2.5” field flattener with an Atik460EX. Image composed of 21 x 5 minute subs.

Chris Well's photo of Lunar Eclipse form May 26th, 2021.

Equipment: Takahashi FS60C with EXT-Q 1.6 operating at 568mm, snapshot images at various exposures with Canon60Da.