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HAL's observatory is opening this Spring.
(* If Spring ever comes!)
Keep checking back for details.

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On Saturday March 7th from 7-9PM HAL will have telescopes set up at the Robinson Nature Center in conjunction with the Maryland Science Center and RNC's "Scope Out the Night Sky" event. The public is invited to look through HAL's telescopes at no charge. However, participation in the "Scope Out the Night Sky" event requires signing up and paying a per family fee. More information can be found here.

HAL's next general meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 7PM on the Mezzanine level of the Robinson Nature Center. In addition to the usual features such as viewing and discussing member's astrophotos, Chris Miskiewicz will present a history of HAL, Paul Watson and the Watson telescope, and HAL's observatory project. Note: This meeting is NOT for members only, anyone is welcome to attend.

HAL's first member's star party is coming up on Saturday March 21st at Alpha Ridge Park at dusk. Due to some changes in the park from last season including observatory construction, early season star parties will be held in a different area of the parking lot. Just look for people setting up telescopes!

to the website of the Howard Astronomical League, Central Maryland's premier astronomy club! HAL is an amateur astronomy club located in Howard County, Maryland. We hold monthly meetings on the lower level of the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, MD, conduct public star parties at Alpha Ridge Park and provide community outreach events at various locations - often in Howard Country Library parking lots. We invite everyone to be a part of astronomy in Central Maryland. You will find information about our meeting dates on our Meetings page. Information on membership is located on the Join HAL page.
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also for our Star Parties and Outreach events. In addition, we provide an e-mail group for communication of timely club News and for astronomical discussions.

to help you plan your observing sessions is available either on the Calendar page, or the Astrolinks page -- where you can check for moonrise times, Iridium flares, International Space Station sightings, Jupiter's Great Red Spot transit and a lot more. And don't forget to check the Weather before you venture out -- but if its cloudy, come play in our Kid's Korner section instead!

HAL's Observatory
construction is underway. The site selected is Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville, MD. (This is where we currently hold our star parties.). It will house HAL's Watson Telescope. Full details about the Observatory and the Watson Telescope are documented on this website. These pages are great resources to help keep abreast of this exciting project.

HAL is proud to have official affiliations with:

RNC Robinson Nature Center CSearchers

Celestial Searchers

Astronomy for Howard County Kids (K-8)


International Dark Sky Association

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