TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!
Next session - Wednesday, July 6th - 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.
TAAS GENERAL MEETING
SATURDAY, JULY 16th - 7:00pm
SCIENCE AND MATH LEARNING CENTER - UNM CAMPUS
FEATURED SPEAKER - DALE MURRAY - "PHOTOGRAPHING THE NIGHT SKY"
We have the pleasure this month of Dale Murray's presentation on how to get started in DSLR astrophotography with equipment you may already own!
Starting with nightscapes and star trails and ending with deep space imaging, there is a wide range of nighttime photography that prominently features some aspect of the night sky. Much of this photography can be performed with photographic equipment found in many households, using simple techniques and inexpensive, or free, software. This presentation covers basic equipment needed, techniques and software for capturing and processing images and how to get started in taking beautiful pictures of the night sky. If you also happen to be an astronomer with some basic astronomical equipment, this talk also includes more advanced imaging techniques primarily focused on using digital lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.
Topics include a comparison between CCD astronomical cameras and DSLRs, advantages of tracking mounts, comparison of altitude azimuth (Alt-Az) vs German equatorial mounts (GEM), guided tracking, stacking multiple exposures and final processing.
Bio and map below
Photo by Dale Murray
TAAS ASTRONOMY 101
SATURDAY, JULY 16TH - 6:00pm
SCIENCE AND MATH LEARNING CENTER, UNM Campus
BINOCULARS - OBSERVING AND EQUIPMENT- Sigrid Monaghan
Sometimes transporting and/or setting up your best and biggest telescope is just not practical or the weight is too difficult--get out the binoculars and surprise yourself with how much you can see easily!
Sigrid Monaghan will show binocular views of double stars, Moon craters and selected deep-sky objects and display the equipment you can use--different binocs in varied sizes and powers, the setups for the larger ones employing tripods or mirrors. Astronomy magazines feature monthly articles on observing with binoculars, and they should definitely be a part of your astronomical viewing repertoire!
TAAS FABULOUS FIFTY - SUMMER SESSION
FRIDAY, JULY 22nd - 7:30pm
NORTHEAST HEIGHTS LOCATION
This very popular event , open to TAAS Members and the public, is a superb way to get started learning the basics of the night sky, emphasizing naked-eye objects, constellations and stars to aid in finding pathways around the skies.
The program is held four times a year, and this is the third of 2016. Our generous members, James and Nannette Carr are the hosts, aided by the Fabulous Fifty team. It begins with a half-hour introduction and talk, proceeds outside for identification of the night's targets and telescope observing , then back inside for learning more and a social hour. Always a delightful evening for all!
All of the details, contacts and a full explanation of the program can be found on the left side of the main page of www.taas.org at "TAAS Fabulous 50"
Start making your plans for an enriching way to spend a summer night!
OAK FLAT PUBLIC STAR PARTY
SATURDAY, JULY 23rd
OAK FLAT PICNIC GROUNDS
After the nearby fire event of June, we look forward to the peaceful dark skies of Oak Flat, the many and varied TAAS telescopes surrounding the observing field. The Oak Flat Star Party summer season is a tradition, and we hope for clear skies and just enough rain in between to keep the area safe from fire danger!
Go nine miles south of Tijeras on #337 to the Oak Flat exit on the left; one mile more to the Oak Flat Picnic Grounds, turn left and follow the signs. Gates to parking and field access will open at 5:30pm and sunset is at 8:21pm--be sure to arrive early to get parked, oriented and talk with members and visitors.
We will have both the Juniper and Yucca areas available for parking ( restrooms are at Yucca only). There will be signs at the entrance to Oak Flat Picnic grounds indicating directions for parking and for telescope owners to access the field.
Remember to bring water, any food you wish (there are picnic tables available) and warm layers for the evening chill.
We are planning for a successful continuation of the season series, giving us the opportunity to observe with the public and show them--and ourselves-- the wonders of New Mexico skies, the planets, the Milky Way and all the deep-sky objects.
The dates for the rest of the summer are as follows: . August 27th and September 10th
Photo by Martin Hilario at Oak Flat
The Challenge is now available for June 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.
Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory will take a break until the beginning of the fall semester after a very active spring semester. Enjoy the summer and the New Mexico night skies and see you in August!
The TAAS-UNMO coordinator, Fernando Torres, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need further information
See below for details and map
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 please go to the "Solar Astronomy" link on the left of the main page for a full schedule of solar observing.
Remember, you don't have to stay up late at night to see a star!