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TAAS General Meeting

August 1, 2015

TAAS GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY, AUGUST 01, 2015 - 7pm

SCIENCE & MATH LEARNING CENTER, UNM CAMPUS

Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Robert Q. Fugate on "Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics: A Revolution for Ground Based Astronomy." Under his leadership, the Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland AFB developed and operates the most advanced, highest performance adaptive optics systems in existence. These systems have benefited the astronomy community--the SOR is widely recognized as the leader in atmospheric compensation for large ground-based telescopes.

Laser guide stars and the subsequent development of sophisticated adaptive optics systems on ground-based telescopes have been described as a significant advancement in astronomy.

The purpose of Starfire is to conduct research to use adaptive optics to remove the effects of scintillation (atmospheric turbulence). Turbulence distorts optical wavefronts. Lasers can provide data about the turbulence that allows astronomers to correct their optics.

Join us for this fascinating talk and find out what TAAS has in store for the coming months.

See below for Dr. Fugate's full and detailed bio and map to Science & Math Learning Center


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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

August 5, 2015

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, August 5th

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 Fab Fifty-Summer Review-Fall Preview

August 8, 2015

TAAS FABULOUS FIFTY - SUMMER REVIEW AND FALL PREVIEW SESSION!

Saturday, August 8th - 8:00pm

Everyone knows how fabulous the TAAS Fabulous Fifty program is under the direction of Dee Friesen, and here is your chance to attend the latest installment in learning the basic constellations and stars of the night sky for beginning astronomers and those looking for a refresher course.

The viewing session will be held at Dee Friesen's home in northeast Albuquerque, in a neighborhood with no street lights and a dark sky. A 30-minute period will be inside viewing a presentation, followed by an outdoors 30- minute night sky viewing, finishing with a social hour back inside.

The objects targeted will serve as building blocks for progressive learning of the night sky. Experienced TAAS members will be on hand with telescopes to assist you. Guests should come with an interest in learning the night sky and be ready with questions!

Click on the TAAS Fabulous Fifty link on the left side of this page for all the details. You may contact Dee at taasdee@comcast.net with any questions or requests for directions.



Monthly Observing Challenge

MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE--THE JULY 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.

 
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