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

Jeff Stone

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 Chair - Jeff Stone

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.

Folks - Because of the continuing Covid 19 issue - and the need for social distancing - we are unable to physically meet at the Lunar Planetary Institute at this time. We have to "wait out" the delta variant and work the situation month to month.

However, we will continue to have our meetings virtually through our YouTube channel. Please see club emails and other distribution lists for details on where to log in.

For the month of October - we will NOT be having a meeting, virtually or otherwise. Instead, we would like you to join us for the All Clubs Meeting on October 15th. The Houston Astronomical Society is helping host this event via Zoom where we will have Dr. Pat Rieff of Rice University, speaking to us about “Texas Nexus - observing the upcoming eclipses”. This will be a very interesting seminar as we will be having two eclipses, one in 2023 which will be an annular eclipse and a total eclipse in 2024 - both come through Texas! To observe these you will want to plan ahead and thus the timely nature of this talk. The link for the meeting will be advertised here as well as the clubs' Facebook page, and email.

Then on October 16th, we will not be having the traditional Astronomy Day because of the ongoing pandemic, but we wil lbe celebrating the moon as it is the International Observe the Moon Day, and we have made arangements with the George Obervatory to have a a few telescopes pointed at Lady Luna that night. Stay tuned as we'll have a meeting for November!

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 also view some of the prior meetings of the club.

Also - NOW is the time to be making plans to attend the El Dorador star party, and/or going to Fort McKavett. The fort is in full operation and at this time the planned star party there for Nov 4th-7th is a "GO". Make plans to attend!

If there are any questions, 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.


Fort McKavett Primer for the November 4th-7th 2021 Trip!!

JSCAS YouTube Page

Click here for the YouTube link to the 2020 All Clubs Meeting

Click here for PDF information about JSCAS new DVD Video Library!!!


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.


May be an image of sky and nature