|And a Warm Welcome to you
from the Hill Country
Astronomers for 2018!
Hill Country Astronomers (HCA) is
an organization open to
anyone interested in astronomy. A group of amateur astronomers founded
HCA in August 2011. We have members from all walks of life who live
full or part time around Central Texas. Some members are experienced
and accomplished astronomers, while others are beginners. Some members
have invested substantial amounts of money in astronomy equipment,
while others have no equipment at all. No matter what your situation,
you are welcome to participate in HCA at whatever level you choose. We
hope HCA can fulfill your interest in learning more about the night
of astronomy and space science through our monthly meetings on the
first Monday of each month, and through observing sessions with fellow
hope you will join us in supporting this great hobby, and encouraging
the furtherment of knowledge about astronomy and science for future
public awareness by attending and help with the organizing of Public
Star Parties in the surrounding area
observing sessions for the general public and local area schools
February 5th, 2018
6:30pm at the Hill
Country University Center (H-E-B room)
2818 US Hwy 290 East, Fredericksburg TX 78624
are generally held on
the first Monday of the month - any exceptions will be noted here. Each
meeting begins with an interesting program related to astronomy
presented by club members or guest speakers, followed by a short
There is a members only social on January 3rd - contact HCA for details
if you are a member.
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE !!!
by Bruce Barton in Alliance, Nebraska
21st - Across much of the USA. From the Fredericksburg area, the
eclipse was partial and looked something like:
that if you missed this eclipse, there's an even better Total Solar
Eclipse (4 1/2m) on April 8th, 2024, and the center line of that
eclipse is just a few miles West of Fredericksburg(!!).
Club Star Parties
Next Star Party: January 12th, 2018 at Ryan's.
Star Parties (for members only) are generally held once a month on Fridays - usually the
nearest the new moon if the clear sky forecast is good. The time varies
with the season and the locations include various dark sky locales
around the Hill Country.
Members also often participate in Star Parties of neighboring
communities - for example, the Mason
Star Gazers are having an Observing
Party on January 19th, 2018 in Mason, TX.
Our members also participate in larger parties
(e.g., Texas Star Party, Eldorado Star Party) and provide equipment and
support for outreach parties
(e.g., Enchanted Rock and Lost Maples State Natural Areas, and local
HCA recently supported the 2017
Texas Night Sky Festival in Dripping Springs on March 18,
2017, and also the 2017 Wild Women Festival
in the Blanco State Park.