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:

Chris Randal

Jim Wessel

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/ - Aldora Louw - aldora@louw.org

Vice President - Doug Holland - sdholland777@yahoo.com

Historian - Chris Randall

Treasurer - We can't afford one!!!

Telescope Loaner Program Chair - Perry Scarborough - perryscar64@gmail.com

Educational Outreach Chair - Jim Wessel

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 - staropper457@gmail.com

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Need a custom embroided JSCAS Club Shirt?

(Restriced to Club members only)

Contact Connie at: conniescreativedesign@gmail.com

RGB image of Jupiter, Europa, and Ganymede's shadow, made from video taken by Al Kelly with a Philips Toucam Pro 740 webcam, and a Celestron CGE 1400 at f35 on 12/27/11 from Friendswood, Texas. Six hundred thirty-five 1/100th second frames were processed in Registax, AIP4WIN, and Photoshop.

LRGB image of galaxy NGC 6217 in Ursa Minor, processed by Al Kelly from wide-band and narrow-band filtered images (435W, 625W, 658N, and 814W filters) taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. All processing accomplished in AIP4WIN and Photoshop.


Becky Ramotowski's wonderful picture at Ft. McKavett

Below: Doug Holland's recent image of IC405


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.

The NEXT JSCAS meeting will be Nov 11th, at the LPI where our speaker will be Dr. Pat Rieff of Rice University.

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Friday, each month, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the USRA bldg. (3600 Bay Area Blvd. at Middlebrook Dr.)

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.


Click here for PDF Information about the Fall trip to Fort McKavett!!

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

Eyes on the Sky DIY Astronomy

David's Phone Ap Presentation


Family Space Days at the LPI:  Our meeting benfactor is is located at Universities Space Research Association, 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

'Epidemic level' of laser attacks directed at planes and seemingly football players'

Original story: Laser pointers.

New story: From Laser Pointer Safety website


From Moon-Connection

From Heavens-Above

Images from Paul Maley, who just got back from another successful eclipse trip to Africa. This is the eclipse team at our center line site located at the small village of Iyai, Tanzania on Sept 1.

Here is the image he took of central eclipse.