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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.
Special Interest Groups (Sigs)
The CCD SIG was established to provide a forum for JSCAS members interested in building or just using CCD cameras for astro-imaging. There are at least five current JSCAS members who have built their own Cookbook CCD cameras and at least two others who have bought cameras and regularly use them to make images. This group includes some of the most experienced and published amateur CCD imagers in the world, including three of the co-authors of a recent article in Sky and Telescope Magazine (December 1998) which documented a well-received breakthrough in color imaging, and two of the chapter authors in the recently published Springer-Verlag book entitled AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKING. SIG members are always willing to assist others wishing to learn about building, buying, and using CCD cameras and processing the resulting image data. For additional information, contact Al Kelly.
The wonders of deep space are open to those with a telescope, binoculars or just plain eyes. Take a tour of the heavens with our monthly Observing program. Visit wispy nebulas, eye-catching clusters, distant galaxies, and solar system objects. Each month objects are selected for your viewing pleasure. These objects will be featured in the Starscan and presented at our monthly meetings. Interesting facts will be given about selected object.
Astronomy Fundamentals - David Haviland & Jim Wessel
The Astronomy Fundaments SIG is designed to aid new and veteran observers in the basics of astronomy.
The Amateur Telescope Making SIG was established some years back when Al Kelly coordinated the efforts of about twenty club members in a mass telescope building program. Al designed a telescope that anyone, with just a bit of tool knowledge, could assemble. A second round of construction was started about a year latter and another twenty scopes were born. Several members of our club have produced their own mirrors and are well versed enough to teach others the process. Mirrors from 4.25" to 22" have been made by hand and machine by the more insane of the bunch. Mirror making questions made be forwarded to Bob Taylor.