Helena Astronomical Society

The Helena Astronomical Society is the Montana capital’s amateur astronomy club, dedicated to offering free, public educational outreach and special observatory nights for our members.  Regardless of your experience level, if you have an interest in astronomy you are welcome to join us.  HAS owns 2 telescopes--one that is permanently mounted in our Observatory and a smaller telescope that can be checked out by members.  Additionally, we have a good collection of books on astronomy for all interests and skills that are available through a lending library.


Join HAS to "Meet Your Telescope"

January 20, 2018, 6:30pm

Did Santa bring you or your household a new telescope for Christmas? We've had a few clear nights since Christmas and about now you might be feeling completely overwhelmed about using this wonderful new gift. Collimation? What magnification should I use? How do I align the finder scope, or even what is the finder scope?

If so, please bring your new telescope and join the Helena Astronomical Society for "Meet Your Telescope" on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 beginning at 6:30pm in the Auditorium of Montana WILD located at 2668 Broadwater Avenue, Helena, MT 59601.

We'll show you how to assemble your telescope, how to align the finder scope, what eyepieces to use and which ones not to use, how to know if you need to collimate your telescope and if you do how to use simple tools to achieve its optimal viewing. We'll practice all of this using an artificial star inside the Auditorium. Then, if we are lucky enough to have clear skies, we'll go outside and view the Moon nearing First Quarter, the Pleiades and possibly Orion's Nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy!

Our members have decades of combined telescope use. We can remove the mystery around the set up, use and upkeep of your new telescope so you can use it to explore the mystery of our visible universe.

We hope to see you there!


See our Meetings page for more details on our regular monthly meetings.