Larry Pratt, founder of the New Braunfels Astronomy Club celebrated his 85th birthday at the clubs meeting on April 21, 2016.


Read about Larry Pratt's life.




From time to time the members of the club will share photos of their equipment.

This gallery contains photos provided by Mike Bruno.  As a long-time skywatcher, he has collected a variety of telescopes.

1. Celestron 8i with JMI motofocus

2. Ioptron MC-90 with JMI motofocus

3. 1989 Tai telescope from Russia

4. Scientific 102

5. Three telescopes on a ioptron mini tower2

6. Infinity Ut8i telescope with JMI motofocus

Blackstone, 9 years old was totally surprised with a new computerized Bushnell Telescope.
It has "go-to" features and talks to you telling you what you are viewing.
He received it on Larry's 85th birthday, April 21, 2016.
Mike Bruno and Mick Homer purchased it for him because he earned it.
The scope is his if he will do a review on it.
His mom, Dawn Davis Loring was overwhelmed with gratitude.

Here is what  you missed if you did not attend the August 21 club meeting.

  • The club is interested in dark sky initiatives and a member had found out that PEC has committed to placing shields on all street lights.  This information was greeted with great appreciation.
  • We will be adding a webpage for astrophotography.
  • One member brought in three amazing photos he had taken of Saturn, M8 and M16.  He described the software he used for taking and creating the photographs.  The image of Saturn came from stacking 500 frames.  These taken from 10,000 images that had been shot.
  • There was a discussion of the closing down of HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) and the conspiracy theories surrounding the program.
  • A website the astronomers look at every day is  With this site, a user can find out what stars and satellites are overhead.  There is a link on the Favorite Astronomy Websites Page.