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GNTO New Moon Event-Members and Guests

September 20, 2014

GNTO NEW MOON OBSERVING AND TRAINING ON FACILITIES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH FOR TAAS MEMBERS

In addition to being a New Moon Observing night for all TAAS members (the field will be open for all bringing telescopes or using ones available at GNTO),full training sessions will be held during the evening of Saturday, September 20th on how to operate the telescopes, CCD cameras and domes at the observatory.

Training will begin about 6:30pm and will be done on two tracks--imaging and visual --running in parallel so choose which one you are most interested in for these sessions.

For TAAS members interested in CCD imaging, Vance Ley will provide a tutorial on how to open/ close/ operate the dome and take CCD images using the Hyperstar-equipped C 14.

For TAAS members interested in the visual aspect, climb the stairs and Mike Molitor will show you how to open/close/operate the 16-ft. dome and use the 16" Isengard telescope for observations.


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Solar Observing Events

September 20, 2014

SOLAR OBSERVING

Saturday, September 20 - Equinox at Petroglyphs National Monument - 10:00am-1:00pm

Sunday, September 21 - Solar Sunday at NMMNH&S - 10:00am-1:00pm

September 22 - CANCELLED - Botanical Gardens


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OAK FLAT STAR PARTY! -SEPTEMBER 27TH

September 27, 2014

OAK FLAT STAR PARTY - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH

DUSK TIL LATE - OAK FLAT PICNIC GROUNDS, 9 MI. SOUTH OF TIJERAS

LAST OAK FLAT EVENT OF THE SUMMER!

On Saturday, September 27th, TAAS will host the last Oak Flat star party of the season at the Oak Flat /Juniper Picnic Ground areas 9 miles south of Tijeras on SR #337 (direction markers will be out).

Sunset is at 6:54pm, so please arrive early at about 6:00pm to get parked and oriented and watch the set-up of the telescopes.

Join us and the TAAS telescopes for an evening under the stars, exploring the skies of New Mexico and the universe way out there! Please use only red headlamps or flashlights as observing begins to save night vision and always feel free to ask TAAS members for a look and an explanation of the objects being viewed.


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Observer SIG Meeting- TAAS Members

September 30, 2014

The newly formed and officially approved Observer Special Interest Group (SIG) will meet on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30 PM at the North Domingo Baca Multi-Generational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave NE (north of Paseo Del Norte and west of Wyoming) Room #3 on the 1st floor. This session will focus on the coming Lunar Eclipse. We will start inside and then move outside west of the Center if weather permits.




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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

October 01, 2014

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, October 1st

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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Cosmic Carnival!

October 4, 2014

COSMIC CARNIVAL SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH NOON TO 5:00PM VISITOR CENTER OPEN SPACE - OFF COORS

This year, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will be sponsoring the Cosmic Carnival in collaboration with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center at its wonderful venue off Coors Boulevard between Paseo del Norte and Montano.

Booths will be set up both inside and outside of the main building for the invited exhibitors from local laboratories, schools and STEM organizations. Attendees include the following: . Explora Science Center - Laisha Avila . New Mexicans for Science & Reason - Dave Thomas . Rio Rancho Astronomical Society - Melanie Templet . New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo) . Institute of Meteoritics - Kathleen Van Der Kaaden . TAAS - Solar outreach, Educational Outreach with portable planetarium visits, telescopes . NM Museum of Natural History & Science - Jim Greenhouse and team


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TAAS General Meeting: Saturday, October 11th

October 11, 2014

TAAS GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 7:00pm PLANETARIUM AT THE NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & SCIENCE

"ANCIENT ASTRONOMY IN CHACO CANYON"

G. B. Cornucopia will give a presentation on archaeoastronomy at Chaco Culture National Historical Park --What did the ancient ancestors of the Pueblo people learn from the sky, and what were some of the techniques they used to construct their cosmology?

G. B. Cornucopia has been a ranger in residence in Chaco Culture National Historical Park for 28 years. He has been involved in Archaeoastronomical research in Chaco Canyon, as well as the on-going astronomy public programs for the entire time he has been in Chaco.

Explore your opportunity to learn more about this subject at the upcoming star party at Chaco on October 24, 25 and 26. You can camp at the site and enjoy the beauty of the newly- named International Dark-Sky Park, observe the stars with your telescope and the Chaco observatory scope and expand your knowledge
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Placitas Public Star Party

October18, 2014

PLACITAS PUBLIC STAR PARTY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2014

A star party, free and open to the public, will take place at the Placitas Community Library on Saturday, October 18th, beginning at dusk (sunset is at 6:29pm) and continuing into the night. This annual event is sponsored by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, Rio Rancho Astronomical Society, Las Placitas Association and the Placitas Community Library and will feature twenty or more telescopes of various types and sizes to guide you to the wonders of the night sky.

The members of TAAS and RRAS are enthusiastic about telling you about the objects you will be exploring through the scopes and about the scopes themselves. Star parties are a wonderful opportunity for the sharing of astronomy information and for planting an interest in continuing to learn more about our place in the Universe.


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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

Monthly Observing Challenge

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

 

 
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