TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!
Next session - Wednesday, April 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.
TAAS GENERAL MEETING-SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH, 7:00PM
UNM Science & Math Learning Center
Our speaker for this occasion is our own Dee Friesen, who will explain "Navigating The Night Sky" for both the experienced observer and the beginner, sharing his methods to make you a more confident observer from your first outing...where am I in this Universe and how do I look into the vast cosmos and find those jewels that are waiting out there among the glittering stars?
All aspects of observing will be covered: . Motions in the night sky . Angular measurements . Locating objects and the astronomical system for accomplishing this . Observing Methods . Recording observations and the Astronomical League goals
Plus the extra added attraction of a TAAS Fabulous Fifty Spring session on naked-eye objects viewable right now, with navigation lessons! If conditions allow, there will be a brief outside session after the meeting.
See below for Friesen bio and map
OPEN SPACE VISITOR CENTER PUBLIC STAR PARTY!
SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH2:00PM-SUNSET - SOLAR OBSERVING; 6:00PM TIL 10:00PM - NIGHT STARGAZING AND ACTIVITIES
What better way to celebrate April than with a TAAS/Open Space Visitor Center star party--April showers are not welcome at this party!
We will start with a session of Solar Astronomy in front of the OSVC from 2-5pm, which will give you your first visible star -our Sun!
The evening event will begin with astronomy-related activities and proceed to our featured speaker at 7:00pm in the Kiva Room. The sun will be setting at about 7:30pm, allowing observing to begin in the deepening twilight with the highlights of the spring sky. TAAS telescopes of all types and apertures will present views of the amazing New Mexico skies, and TAAS members will be eager to share their knowledge of astronomy and telescopes with all other members and visitors. As the stars pop out, there will be a guided tour of the constellations
CHACO CANYON STAR PARTY!
MAY 15-16, 2015
TAAS and the Chaco Cultural National Historical Park will co-host a star party open to members and the public on Friday and Saturday, May 15 & 16th. All are invited to reserve camping sites, enjoy the area and experience the observing in an officially designated International Dark-Sky Park, as well as presentations by Park Ranger G.B. Cornucopia and TAAS members Dale Murray and Hy Tran, among others. Solar observing will be conducted on both days to take advantage of our own star!This is always an anticipated and well-attended event, which attracts Park visitors, guests from outside the area and TAAS members who take advantage of the open skies to observe with their diverse telescopes and share with the eager public. The Chaco Observatory dome will be open and abetted by the TAAS scopes and the contributions of TAAS presenters.
Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory have resumed with the spring semester!
Observing at the dome and with the TAAS telescopes is on for every Friday evening until the last night, May 1st. The exception is March 13th, spring break at UNM.
See below for full details and map
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.