The AVAC is a member of the Astronomical League. The Leagues basic goal is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America. Many people have seen pictures of the other planets in our Solar System from spacecraft, but have no idea that they too can see these objects with a telescope. They want people to get access to telescopes, whether it is through their local astronomical society, school, or their own instruments, and use them to view the beauty in the heavens.

To encourage amateur astronomers to learn and study the night sky, the league has developed 28 observing clubs, which are listed below. Each club offers a certificate based upon achieving certain observing goals and a beautiful award pin. These are usually in the form of a specific number of objects of a specific group with a given type of instrument. Occasionally there are multiple levels of accomplishment within the. There is no time limit for completing the required observing, but good record keeping is required. For the clubs listed below that are shaded, it is valid to use computerized GOTO systems or digital setting circles. Although you CAN use a GOTO system on these programs, it is highly recommended that manual methods be used. For any program not shaded, you must use manual methods to complete the program.

The North Houston Astronomy publishes a monthly newsletter, "What's Up, Doc?", that lists what objects are in the evening sky, organized by Astronomical League. They also have an Excel spread sheet, "What's Up Tonight, Doc?". The user enters their latitude, longitude, and the Universal Time of their observing and the spreadsheet will provide various listings of objects in the sky at that time, ordered by descending altitude. It currently has 2187 objects, covering all 28 of the Astronomical League clubs.

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On Friday April 27th at 7:30 pm we will be attending the College of the Canyons Star Party.  Set up time is approximately 1 hour prior to event.  Weather permitting. An email will be sent out several days prior to the event with a map and further information. 

Saturday May 5th at 8pm is a Moon Walk at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in Lancaster.  Join Jeremy on the astronomy walk and talk, and look through the telescopes before and after the walk!!  Weather permitting, free and open to the public.

At our club meeting on Friday May 11th at 7pm we will have Chris Butler speaking on 'From Nine Planets to Nine Billion Worlds'.  Free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

College of the Canyons Star Party
Friday, Apr 27, 2018, 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Prime Desert Moon Walk
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Club Meeting
Friday, May 11, 2018, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Dark Sky Star Party
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 3:00PM - 8:00AM - Sunday, May 13, 2018
Lunar Club
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:00PM - 11:00PM
RTMC Camp Oakes
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 12:00PM - 11:00PM - Monday, May 28, 2018