South Plains Astronomy Club
60th Anniversary Astronomy & Telescope Workshop

The South Plains Astronomy Club was founded by a group of very serious amatuer astronomers with the goal of fostering interest and activities in all phases of astronomy for its members and the public. Its first official meeting was in November of 1959, making this November the 60th Anniversary of the South Plains Astronomy Club. The Club is very active in public outreach activities that involve youth, church and school groups across the Texas South Plains. Through our twice-monthly Public Star Parties, we introduce whole communities to the wonder and enjoyment of the night sky. In recognition of this Anniversary, the South Plains Astronomy Club in conjunction with the Hodges Community Center of the Lubbock Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the "South Plains Astronomy Club 60th Anniversary Astronomy and Telescope Workshop" on Saturday, November 23rd, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Hodges Community Center. This event is family-friendly, and everyone is invited. The Hodges Community Center is located at 4011 University Avenue in Lubbock (see the map below).

This workshop will allow individuals to interact with members of the South Plains Astronomy Club in an informal and unstructured manner. Club members will set up a wide variety of telescopes at the Center and will be available to discuss and answer questions about them. With Christmas coming, some people may be thinking of buying a telescope for themselves or as a gift— telescopes today come in a wide variety of types spanning a wide range of prices and levels of expertise— it may be difficult to decide what to get. At this Workshop, people can ask our experts about what type of telescope would best fit their astronomical interests and price range. For those who already own a telescope but still have questions about its operation or what they can see with it, our experts can provide guidance that will help increase the enjoyment of their telescope. For those interested in getting into astrophotography, we will also have examples of various types of imaging equipment for photographing celestial objects. In addition, our Club members will be happy to discuss topics related to astronomy, including recent scientific discoveries and space exploration activities.

In the evening following the Workshop, everyone is invited to attend the South Plains Astronomy Club monthly Public Star Party in Ransom Canyon (weather permitting). Around sundown, Club members will set up a varity of telescopes for viewing planets, double stars, star clusters, nebulas, galaxies and other celestial objects after it gets dark.

For questions or more information on the Workshop or the Public Star Party, contact the Club at

SPAC Vice-President Tom Heisey was interviewed on KCBD Channel 11's "Noon Notebook" segment on 20 November 2019 regarding the 60th Anniversary Workshop. Click on the image below to see the interview. Use the "Back" button on your browser to return to this page.


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