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TAAS General Meeting

TAAS GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH, 7:00pm

SCIENCE AND MATH LEARNING CENTER, UNM CAMPUS

Our speaker for August 29 will be Jim Fordice, Director of the TAAS GNTO (General Nathan Twining Observatory) near Belen...owned, built and developed by TAAS over the last 24 years . Jim will discuss what GNTO offers to TAAS Members, how to use the facility (which includes two domes--observing and imaging, a large general building and a separate kitchen) , what equipment is available for member use, what to bring for an observing session and how to open the observing field on your own...all the actual ins and outs of the Observatory!

The main purpose of this talk is to acquaint TAAS members with GNTO and to ensure that they are comfortable and familiar with using the facility. We have a wonderful asset in GNTO, and it should be visited often to take advantage of the buildings, grounds and telescopes it has to offer...not to mention the camaraderie of fellow amateur astronomers and the sharing of information and experience.

Visiting non-members will learn what membership can bring and can inquire about other advantages of joining TAAS.

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TAAS Astronomy 101 Returns!

August 29, 2015

Preceding the General Meeting on August 29th at 6:00pm (also at the Science & Math Learning Center on UNM Campus), we are reviving the very popular Astronomy 101 program with a presentation by Kevin McKeown on "Eyepieces".

Learn more--or for the first time about these subjects:

The purpose of an eyepiece - Magnification - Apparent FOV - Exit pupil - 2-inch barrels - Types of eyepieces - Barlow lenses -Choosing the right eyepiece - and much more information that will improve your viewing experience!

The Astronomy 101 sessions are meant to highlight a specific area of amateur astronomy, from observing to equipment to the basic science. We look forward to continuing this every other month in the future.

Free and open to the public



Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

September 2, 2015

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, September 2nd

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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FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE UNM OBSERVATORY

Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory will resume on August 21st with the fall semester!

Observing at the dome and with the TAAS telescopes will be on for every Friday evening, except for fall break and UNM announcements.

See below for full details and map


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Monthly Observing Challenge

MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE--THE AUGUST 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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