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Last Minute Announcements

Solar Observing at Botanical Gardens is cancelled for Monday, August 31st

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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

September 2, 2015

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, September 2nd

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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OAK FLAT PUBLIC STAR PARTY! - SEPTEMBER 19th

September 19, 2015

OAK FLAT PUBLIC STAR PARTY--LAST IN THE SUMMER SERIES! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th

Nine Miles South of Tijeras on #337; one mile in from Oak Flat cutoff

TAAS will host the September Oak Flat Public Star Party on Saturday, September 19th, opening at 5:30pm.

Come celebrate another splendid night of stars and the Milky Way and this is another opportunity for TAAS scope owners to show the celestial wonders to our guests...the Moon and Saturn and many, many deep-sky objects will be our main targets!

Doug and Christina LeGrand will be our Openers /Closers, giving access to the Juniper and Yucca public parking areas--restrooms are at Yucca( and the road to the observing field only for cars with telescopes to set up). Please arrive early to park and orient yourselves and to talk with our scope operators as they set up--all have acquired some impressive equipment of all types and sizes and a wealth of knowledge to share.

Sunset is at 7:00pm, so observing can begin earlier--keep that in mind when planning your arrival time. With good clear skies, we will have a laser-guided constellation tour as the stars pop out.

Questions to taas@taas.org--Map Below


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FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE UNM OBSERVATORY

Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory will resume on August 21st with the fall semester!

Observing at the dome and with the TAAS telescopes will be on for every Friday evening, except for fall break and UNM announcements.

See below for full details and map


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Monthly Observing Challenge

MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE--THE AUGUST CHALLENGE IS READY! 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!

Keep reading to take the Challenge.

 
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