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TAAS 200 Scavenger Hunt -GNTO New Moon Event-Members

November 22, 2014

TAAS 200 SCAVENGER HUNT

GNTO NEW MOON OBSERVING-SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND

FOR TAAS MEMBERS AND GUESTS

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society created a wonderful list of deep sky objects called the TAAS 200. None of these objects are Messier objects. However, they number among the finest objects in the sky.

Read about the origin of the TAAS 200 list

On Saturday, November 22, TAAS will honor its creation at the TAAS 200 Annual Fall Scavenger Hunt. The event takes place at GNTO, starts at dusk and goes until midnight.

Even if you are not interested in finding objects in the sky, this is a great opportunity to view objects other than Messier objects.

Plan to join us November 22 at GNTO.
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Perihelion Banquet-January 10, 2015-Preview

January 10, 2015

TAAS MEMBERS - PERIHELION BANQUET PREVIEW!

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 will be arriving via email in the middle of November with all the information to reply and attend, but, for the time being, plan on joining us then--and continue to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and stargazing!


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Monthly Observing Challenge

MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE! There is an article near the bottom of the www.taas.org webpage that remains throughout the year as it is changed regularly to whet your appetite for even more observing each month. 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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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

Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

November 19, 2014

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, November 19th

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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