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phone: 505-254-TAAS (254-8227).
P.O. Box 50581, Albuquerque, NM - USA 87181-0581

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Astronomy magazine has chosen The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) as the winner of its 2011 Out-of-this-world Award for outstanding public programming.

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Monthly Observing Challenge

MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE--THE JANUARY CHALLENGE IS UP! Every month this information is changed to whet your appetite for even more observing! This does not appear by magic, but has been sustained by Dee Friesen for a very long time and has now been taken on by Gordon Schaefering.

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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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

February 4, 2015

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, February 4th

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 General Meeting - Saturday ,February 7th

February 7, 2015

TAAS GENERAL MEETING FEBRUARY 7, 2015, 7:00PM PLANETARIUM AT THE NM MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & SCIENCE

Jim Greenhouse, Director of Space Science at the NMMNH&S (and a TAAS member), will demonstrate the wonders of the operation of the new Planetarium projector system, in the works for some time, being installed and ready for action by the time of this meeting. The Planetarium program will include the Winter TAAS Fabulous Fifty, originated by Dee Friesen, and featuring the stars and constellations of this season.

Greenhouse is the museumís Space Science Director and has managed four other planetariums around the country for the last 30 years. He is originally from Amarillo, but has also lived in Dallas TX, Memphis TN, Macon GA, and near Charlotte NC.


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TAAS Fab 50 for Winter

February 13, 2015

TAAS FABULOUS FIFTY PROGRAM - WINTER STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS

The Winter Stars and Constellations installment of the TAAS Fabulous Fifty series will be held on February 13th at 7:00pm at the home of Dee Friesen in the Sandia Heights.

A short presentation will be held inside, followed by a 30-minute session outside to observe the stars and constellations that have just been discussed, with telescopes provided by TAAS members. To polish off the evening, all will then be invited in for a social hour.

This is an excellent beginning for the new observer--leading to more advanced viewing--and a nice refresher for the veteran amateur astronomer. Don't forget to go to our General Meeting on February 7th where the Fab Fifty will be included in the Planetarium presentation!

All the details can be found by clicking on the TAAS Fab 50 link on the left side of the TAAS web page at www.taas.org. Dee can be contacted at 505-856-1593 or taasdee@comcast.net.

Free and open to the p
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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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