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This profile was last updated on 5/7/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Assistant Director
    Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • B.S. Degree , Electrical Engineering
    Pennsylvania State University
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Gary ..., 7 May 2011 [cached]
Gary Honis
They brought their own telescopes, ..., 7 May 2011 [cached]
They brought their own telescopes, digital cameras and Web cams to document Mars, Gary Honis, assistant director of the GHAAS, said.
"Using a Web cam, we can take movies of Mars," Honis said. "We can take up to 10 minutes of footage. We want a good crisp image of Mars so we use the Web cam."
In a 10-minute time span, 6,000 images of Mars are captured.
"Our software will pick out the best image," Honis said. "The end result is a detailed image of Mars."
Viewing Mars around this time of the year means astronomers can see it around 9:30 p.m., Honis said. However, the best time to view is when Mars is highest in the sky, which is around 1:30 a.m.
"That's when most details on Mars can be seen," Honis said.
Although this year's event is 60,000 years in the making, Mars and Earth normally move closer to each other every two years when the two planets lap each other's orbits.
"We only get a chance to do this every two years," Honis said.
"Just like earth, Mars has a polar ice cap," Honis said.
Another feature Honis and fellow GHAAS member Bob Visgaitis observed Aug. 15 from Honis' driveway in Conyngham was Phobos, one of the moons of Mars.
Using Honis' 20-inch Starmaster telescope, the pair observed Phobos, a rare discovery for Earth-based telescopes.
That term is given when the jet stream interferes with viewing, Honis explained. Although it was a clear night, the stars appeared to be twinkling because of the jet stream.
"The jet stream causes distortion," Honis said.
Presenters for BFSP 2010, 16 Mar 2006 [cached]
Gary Honis Modification and cooling of DSLR cameras for Astro Imaging
Gary Honis is an avid deep sky observer, astrophotographer and astro imager since 1987. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering and is licensed as a Professional Engineer with over 33 years experience as an Electronic Engineer in the Telecommunications Industry. He is currently employed as an official of the US Government. He has provided information on modifying the Canon DSLR cameras since 2004 and detailed modification instructions online since then to assist others wanting to self modify their cameras. His images have been published in Sky & Telescope Magazine, AstroPhoto Insight Magazine, and "Digital Photography". He is an officer of the Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society and a member of the International Dark Sky Association---actively involved in light pollution reduction efforts for over 20 years.
Gary J. ..., 25 Mar 2000 [cached]
Gary J. Honis
Assistant Director - GHAAS
Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society - AstronomyOutreach network, 31 Oct 2013 [cached]
Contact:Gary J. Honis
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