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Perihelion Banquet-January 10, 2015

January 10, 2015


We know that there are still Thanksgiving and the Holidays to be savored and enjoyed and shared with families and friends in 2014, and we wish you happy times during November and December.

In January, you will have the opportunity to put some glitter in your new year of 2015 with the TAAS Perihelion Banquet-- a chance to meet up with old and new friends in a festive atmosphere.

This year, the Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 10th from 6:00-10:30 at the Elegante Hotel on Menaul, and plans are already underway for food, prizes, speaker, awards and the election of new officers.

Your invitation and ballot have been sent with all the information to RSVP and attend, and we look forward to hearing from you very soon!

Please send any questions to


Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

December 3, 2014


Next session - Wednesday, December 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.



The next UNM Observatory Friday Night event will take place on December 5th (closed for Thanksgiving holidays) and this will be the last of the fall semester.

Monthly Observing Challenge

MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE! 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.