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

Contained on this page are links designed to help those new to astronomy. Also consider any novice presentation on the "Presentations" page.

The page under this link shows the differences in the types of telescope and briefly describes the features of each.


Members of the club have put together YouTube videos on certain topics.

Dan Roy has put together an introductory video on getting started with a powerfull and free software package called Stellarium. A very powerful and useful program to help you obeserve what is in the night sky. Click here to open the YouTube link.

David Haviland has a video on YouTube on "Considerations in Buying a Telescope". Click here to open the YouTube link.


The Evening Sky Map (PDF) is a 2-page monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers including newcomers to Astronomy. It is free and downloadable. Click on the map above to get to the SkyMaps site.