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Observe, Educate, Have Fun

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Monthly Observing Challenge

The Challenge is now available for July 2016, and archives of past months are at your fingertips.

Every month this information is changed to whet your appetite for even more observing so get that scope out and take advantage of those clear nights! This does not appear by magic, but is sustained thanks to Gordon Schaefering and Dee Friesen.

Each month, there is a test for Binoculars, Double Star, Deep Sky Object and the Challenge Object--think of it as a game for your telescope or binoculars. If you combine this with your GNTO, Star Party and Observer SIG stargazing, you are getting quite a workout!

So take the Challenge.


Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

Telescopes! Make Them-Use Them-Fix Them!

Next session - Wednesday, August 3rd - 7:00pm

TAAS has a wonderful special interest group-Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance-which meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month (see our calendar). Members and the public alike are welcome to visit, learn more about the opportunities, bring in a telescope for assistance, begin a telescope from scratch or just ask questions.


Friday Nights At The UNM Observatory

Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory will resume with the fall semester on August 26th. Enjoy the remainder of the summer and the New Mexico night skies and see you in August!

The TAAS-UNMO coordinator, Fernando Torres, can be reached at if you have questions or need further information

See below for details and map


Solar Astronomy Outreach

Solar Astronomy, observing our nearest star, the Sun, is a very active and popular part of TAAS. Its events are too numerous to list here, so for the full schedule of solar observing events click here.

Remember, you don't have to stay up late at night to see a star!