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Chaco Canyon Annual Fall Star Party!

October 24 and 25, 2014

CHACO CANYON ANNUAL FALL STAR PARTY

OCTOBER 24th and 25th

This is a great opportunity for the public to share in the beauties of the International Dark-Sky Park at Chaco Canyon, using the Chaco Observatory and the telescopes of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society.

The public is invited to attend and enjoy the solar observing and night stargazing with both TAAS scopes and in the Chaco Observatory, the lectures and presentations by both TAAS volunteers and Chaco Cultural Park personnel on Friday October 24th and Saturday October 25th and the general camaraderie of dozens of amateur astronomers. The public will be charged a small admission fee by the Park, and public camping arrangements can be made with www.recreation.gov.. There are no food vendors available, so please bring your own supplies and, as always, lots of water! Bring many clothing layers to add, as it can get VERY cold at night in late October

Important: More info below!


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GNTO New Moon Event-Members and Guests

October 25, 2014

GNTO NEW MOON OBSERVING-SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

FOR TAAS MEMBERS

GNTO will be open Saturday for TAAS members, weather permitting.

Those not traveling elsewhere will find the new Cosmic Café is heated for your comfort. It also has a cook stove where members can prepare warm beverages. There are few items are on site, so it is best bring what you will need.

Remember that GNTO is a carry-in, carry-out site, so be considerate and remove your own trash.

Bring your own telescope or GNTO has several scopes that members can use.


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OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER PUBLIC STAR PARTY!

November 1, 2014

OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER PUBLIC STAR PARTY!

NOVEMBER 1ST - SATURDAY - 2:00PM-SUNSET - SOLAR OBSERVING; 6:00PM TIL 10:30PM - NIGHT STARGAZING

In the bright sunshine and then in the dark of the New Mexico skies, TAAS telescopes will be set up to show you the wonders of our Sun, the details of our Moon and the deep-sky objects way out there! The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and the City of Albuquerque join up again to offer the public views of our Universe through scopes of all sizes and types and the exchange of information that the TAAS members love to impart.

Solar observing will begin at 2:00pm until sunset, which will occur shortly after 6:00pm, giving hours of darkness for stargazing. Barry Spletzer will be our speaker at 8:00pm on "The History and Origin of Meteor Showers" as a lead up to the Leonid meteor shower later in the month.

Please read below for the schedule of the evening!


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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

November 5, 2014

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, November 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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Monthly Observing Challenge

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

 

 
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Observer SIG Meeting- TAAS Members

November 12, 2014

OBSERVER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP FOR TAAS MEMBERS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH - 6:30 - 8:30PM

NORTH DOMINGO BACA MULTI-GENERATIONAL CENTER - RM. #6

This new Special Interest continues to serve the needs of the TAAS Member group with the defined goal of providing a resource for observing in a structured manner with a particular theme each month, recording this viewing and aiming toward Astronomical League levels.

The focus this month will be on "Finding Objects in the Sky".

Contact Jim Fordice at jim@fordice.net with any questions


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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