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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

May 6, 2015

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, May 6th

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 50 for Spring

May 08, 2015

THE TAAS FABULOUS FIFTY IS BACK FOR SPRING!

On Friday, May 8th, at 7:30pm, Dee Friesen will again generously host the spring session of the TAAS Fabulous Fifty at his house. The gathering will be treated to an indoor section of introduction to the basics of the fifty naked-eye objects to which the title connects and on the spring selection specifically. This will be followed by an outdoor observing opportunity to learn to find and recognize the constellations and stars of the season with telescopes supplied by TAAS members. Finally, all will enjoy a social hour to get to know each other and their astronomy goals better.

All of the details--a preview of what will be covered, directions to Dee's house and contact information--can be found on www.taas.org by going to the "TAAS Fabulous Fifty" tab on the left side of the main page.

Make your plans now to be there for a very personal experience with the stars--and TAAS!



Chaco Canyon Annual Spring Star Party!

May 15 & 16, 2015

CHACO CANYON STAR PARTY!

MAY 15-16, 2015

TAAS and the Chaco Cultural National Historical Park will co-host a star party open to members and the public on Friday and Saturday, May 15 & 16th. All are invited to reserve camping sites, enjoy the area and experience the observing in an officially designated International Dark-Sky Park, as well as presentations by Park Ranger G.B. Cornucopia and TAAS members Dale Murray and Hy Tran, among others. Solar observing will be conducted on both days to take advantage of our own star!

This is always an anticipated and well-attended event, which attracts Park visitors, guests from outside the area and TAAS members who take advantage of the open skies to observe with their diverse telescopes and share with the eager public. The Chaco Observatory dome will be open and abetted by the TAAS scopes and the contributions of TAAS presenters.

Please contact Dale Murray at starwatcher@powerc.net or Hy Tran at hy.tran@gmail.com to make arrangements or with questions.


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OAK FLAT STAR PARTY! -MAY 23RD

May 23, 2015

OAK FLAT PUBLIC STAR PARTY! SATURDAY, MAY 23RD

The ever-popular Oak Flat Star Parties return on May 23rd, during the Memorial Day weekend. This year, we will have both Juniper and Yucca areas reserved for TAAS, which will mean expanded parking and restrooms and picnic facilities for early arrivals.

Make plans to come with friends and family and enjoy the array of TAAS telescopes of all types and sizes set up on the observing field between Juniper and Yucca--meet and talk with TAAS members and other visitors and, above all, enjoy the wonderful sights of the night New Mexico skies through scopes and by just looking up!

Thank you, as always, to the Tijeras Ranger Station, which has worked with TAAS on making these star parties happen for the public for many, many years. Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches...


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FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE UNM OBSERVATORY

Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory have resumed with the spring semester!

Observing at the dome and with the TAAS telescopes is on for every Friday evening until the last night, May 1st. The exception is March 13th, spring break at UNM.

See below for full details and map


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Monthly Observing Challenge

MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE--THE MAY 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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