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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

August 5, 2015

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, August 5th

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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TAAS Fab Fifty-Summer Review-Fall Preview

August 8, 2015

TAAS FABULOUS FIFTY - SUMMER REVIEW AND FALL PREVIEW SESSION!

Saturday, August 8th - 8:00pm

Everyone knows how fabulous the TAAS Fabulous Fifty program is under the direction of Dee Friesen, and here is your chance to attend the latest installment in learning the basic constellations and stars of the night sky for beginning astronomers and those looking for a refresher course.

The viewing session will be held at Dee Friesen's home in northeast Albuquerque, in a neighborhood with no street lights and a dark sky. A 30-minute period will be inside viewing a presentation, followed by an outdoors 30- minute night sky viewing, finishing with a social hour back inside.

The objects targeted will serve as building blocks for progressive learning of the night sky. Experienced TAAS members will be on hand with telescopes to assist you. Guests should come with an interest in learning the night sky and be ready with questions!

Click on the TAAS Fabulous Fifty link on the left side of this page for all the details. You may contact Dee at taasdee@comcast.net with any questions or requests for directions.



Perseid Meteor Shower is Coming!

August 11-14, 2015

August brings not only the end of summer, but the highly anticipated Perseid Meteor Shower, famous for its high number of beautiful shooting stars.

This year, we are especially lucky not to have the Moon blotting out our view, and it should be a fine show. Go to the link below to get all the details of where and when to look and enjoy the free show!


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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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