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ClearSky Chart ( Today/Tonight: Old Tunnel State  Park 

Click here for this month's calendar of Astronomical and HCA events
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 sky.

Our key objectives include:
  • Encouragement of astronomy and space science through our monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month, and through observing sessions with fellow astronomy enthusiasts
  • Increasing public awareness by attending and help with the organizing of Public Star Parties in the surrounding area

  • Sponsoring observing sessions for the general public and local area schools
We hope you will join us in supporting this great hobby, and encouraging the furtherment of knowledge about astronomy and science for future generations. 
Next Meeting

Monday, March 5th, 2018
6:30pm at the Hill Country University Center (H-E-B room)
2818 US Hwy 290 East, Fredericksburg TX 78624

Presentation: TBA

Meetings 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 business discussion.

The Pinwheel Galaxy (M101)

Photo by Dick Bobick
(Click on Image above for full-scale  image).

Club Star Parties

Next Star Party: March 16th at the Barton's.
(February 16, 2018 star party at the Greding's has been canceled due to bad weather).

Club Star Parties (for members only) are generally held once a month on Fridays - usually the Friday 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.

HCA had scheduled a public star party for guests of the ERSNA (Enchanted Rock State Natural Area) on Sunday, February 18th - but bad weather caused cancellation.

Members also often participate in Star Parties of neighboring communities - for example, the Mason Star Gazers had 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 schools).

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.

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