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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

October 01, 2014

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, October 1st

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.


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Cosmic Carnival!-A Great Thing To Do After The Balloons!

October 4, 2014

COSMIC CARNIVAL!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH - 1:00pm TO 5:00PM

VISITOR CENTER OPEN SPACE - OFF COORS

This year, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will be sponsoring the Cosmic Carnival in collaboration with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center at its wonderful venue off Coors Boulevard between Paseo del Norte and Montano.

Booths will be set up both inside and outside of the main building for the invited exhibitors from local laboratories, schools and STEM organizations. Attendees include the following:
. TAAS - Solar outreach, Educational Outreach with portable planetarium visits, telescopes, presentations on amateur astronomy
. Explora Science Center - Laisha Avila
. New Mexicans for Science & Reason - Dave Thomas
. Rio Rancho Astronomical Society - Melanie Templet
. New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo)
. Institute of Meteoritics - Kathleen Van Der Kaaden
. NM Museum of Natural History/Science - Jim Greenhouse
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TAAS General Meeting: Saturday, October 11th

October 11, 2014

TAAS GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 7:00pm PLANETARIUM AT THE NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & SCIENCE

"ANCIENT ASTRONOMY IN CHACO CANYON"

G. B. Cornucopia will give a presentation on archaeoastronomy at Chaco Culture National Historical Park --What did the ancient ancestors of the Pueblo people learn from the sky, and what were some of the techniques they used to construct their cosmology?

G. B. Cornucopia has been a ranger in residence in Chaco Culture National Historical Park for 28 years. He has been involved in Archaeoastronomical research in Chaco Canyon, as well as the on-going astronomy public programs for the entire time he has been in Chaco.

Explore your opportunity to learn more about this subject at the upcoming star party at Chaco on October 24, 25 and 26. You can camp at the site and enjoy the beauty of the newly- named International Dark-Sky Park, observe the stars with your telescope and the Chaco observatory scope and expand your knowledge
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Placitas Public Star Party

October18, 2014

PLACITAS PUBLIC STAR PARTY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2014

A star party, free and open to the public, will take place at the Placitas Community Library on Saturday, October 18th, beginning at dusk (sunset is at 6:29pm) and continuing into the night. This annual event is sponsored by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, Rio Rancho Astronomical Society, Las Placitas Association and the Placitas Community Library and will feature twenty or more telescopes of various types and sizes to guide you to the wonders of the night sky.

The members of TAAS and RRAS are enthusiastic about telling you about the objects you will be exploring through the scopes and about the scopes themselves. Star parties are a wonderful opportunity for the sharing of astronomy information and for planting an interest in continuing to learn more about our place in the Universe.


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FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE UNM OBSERVATORY

Each Friday night , during normal Fall and Spring Semesters, the UNM Campus Observatory, just two blocks north of Lomas on Yale, offers the opportunity to the public to observe from their dome with their Meade 14" telescope. TAAS members are regulars on site with their telescopes to show the sights of the evening and answer questions.

Check the UNM Observatory website or call their Hotline number 277-1446 after 3:00pm on Friday to check for closures or for more information. Parking and admission are both free.

We thank you in advance for arriving before dark to park to avoid directing light to the observing area and for using only red lights after dark to preserve night vision.

Map to UNM Observatory

UNM Observatory website

Monthly Observing Challenge

Each month various objects are presented for observing by TAAS members.

 

 
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