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

TAAS and Astronomy Magazine

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

Observe, Educate, Have Fun

photo: John Laning
Last Minute Announcements

The star party for the residents of La Vida Llena is postponed until 8 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Solar observing is TBD
Current moon phase

What's Up?
For rise/set times of the Moon, Sun and Planets Click here.

TAAS General Meeting - Saturday, May 30th

May 30, 2015


SATURDAY, MAY 30TH, 7:00pm


"My Search for M-31" or "How to Make a Picture of a Galaxy in 400 Hours or Less"

TAAS is full of aspiring astrophotographers, ranging from beginners to those with vast experience. This month, Shane Ramotowski will regale us with tales of imaging at the telescope and how you can get into this fascinating world.

If you have ever seen an amazing astrophotograph and thought, "I wonder how they did that?", here is your chance to find out.

From capturing photons, to pointing in the right direction, to coaxing a galaxy out of a black picture, Shane will describe what goes into the making of an astrophoto. ..and he promises that the presentation will not last 400 hours!

To see the results that have come from some of our talented members, go to and click "Photo Gallery" on the left side--you will be inspired to see what you can do!

See below for bio and map


Library Summer Reading Program Solar Astronomy Outreach

TAAS will once again provide solar observing and related activities to all Albuquerque and Santa Fe libraries, including the brand new library at Central and Unser. These programs have gained in popularity over the past 5 years, and the library systems will be promoting our events. This year we would like to include solar imaging and observing with our new Calcium K (II) filter. All TAAS members are invited to bring a solar telescope or just come and help tell the story of our special hero, the Sun.

The detailed calendar of events can be found on the website solar program pages with navigation maps and times. Be sure and support this rewarding community outreach mission @ a library near you.

* = UNM Dept. of Meteoritics will join us

Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

June 3, 2015


Next session - Wednesday, June 3rd

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.


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.