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Upcoming Events

As one of the largest and most active amateur astronomy clubs anywhere, there's always something going on in TAAS. Here's a look at upcoming events. Unless otherwise mentioned, all events are free and open to the public so try us out. Then help us "Observe - Educate - Have Fun."

GNTO 25th Anniversary and Annual Picnic! - Saturday June 24, 2017


Members and Guests

The GNTO Committee will be hosting a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the General Nathan Twining Observatory, the jewel of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, and combining that event with our annual picnic. GNTO was dedicated on August 8, 1992 and has developed and grown into an outstanding observing and gathering focus for our Society.

Mark your calendar and attend this memorable milestone event and festive day for our dark sky site!

Members and guests should plan to arrive at 4 PM. The schedule is:

  • 4 PM Guests & Participants Arrive View historical items in Ortega Building
  • 5 PM Anniversary Speakers (Lecture Area)
  • 6 PM Eat
  • 6:30 PM Cake Cutting
  • After Sunset: Constellation Tour (Kevin McKeown) & TAAS 25 (Will Ferrell)
The GNTO Committee will supply hotdogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments, paper plates, napkins, eating utensils, soft drinks, and a 25th Anniversary cake.

See below for all of the details of what to bring and what will be offered for you!

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Telescope Building and Maintenance

Next session - Wednesday, July 5th - 7:00 p.m.

Telescopes! Make Them-Use Them-Fix Them!

TAAS has a wonderful special interest group - Telescope Building and 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 General Meeting - Saturday July 8, 2017

7:00pm - Science and Math Learning Center-UNM Campus

Free and Open to the Public

"How to Design and Build a 12-inch Travel Telescope" - Alan Scott

Following the short monthly meeting of the Society, our featured speaker will go into great detail on how he created a large telescope that can be transported in checked luggage on an airplane and weighs at or under 44 pounds--a very challenging, but ultimately successful, project.

This lecture will describe the process of creating an ultra light, ultra compact telescope, the "Deep Space Trill". This includes setting goals, creating designs and building the trade-offs will be discussed. Alan will finish by setting up the 12" telescope from parts stored in a medium size suit case. This telescope was taken to Australia to the OzSky Star Party and used for a week.

Bio and map to SMLC below

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TAAS Astronomy 101 - Saturday July 8, 2017


Free and Open to the Public

"Saturn !" - David Frizzell

As part of our continuing series for beginners, Frizzell will present this fascinating planet to our audience.

The best "eye candy" in amateur telescopes, Saturn rewards observation with different views of its rings and multi-colored clouds. In pre-telescope days, Saturn was one of the five known "wanderers". In July, 1610, Galileo pointed his telescope toward Saturn and thought he was observing a planet with large moons bracketing the disc... In 1659, Dutch astronomer Huygens discovered that the shapes were actually rings!

We now know that Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system, is mostly gas, has at least 62 moons, takes about 29 years to complete one orbit around the sun, its day is only 11 hrs long and it's about 1.4 billion kilometers from the Sun. Frizzell will discuss the composition of the rings, the hexagonal-shaped north pole, "whistles" and Saturn's moons.

Oh, and it is just simply beautiful to observe in any size telescope!

(Image: NASA/JPL)

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TAAS Fabulous Fifty - Summer Session - Friday July 14, 2017


The very popular TAAS program for beginners to astronomy, Summer Observing Session, will occur on Friday July 14, 2107, led by Dee Friesen. Due to the late sunset, this session begins at 8:00 pm.

The location is the All Saints of North America Orthodox Church at 10440 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque, just south of the El Pinto Mexican restaurant on the south side of the street. The church is very eager to support the FAB 50 program and has a meeting hall that can be used for the initial presentation of the night sky, for the social hour after observing and lots of parking space. The church is in a nice dark location to observe the night sky.

The TAAS Fabulous 50 Program is a set of four events spread across a calendar year (one for each season) in which a beginner to astronomy learns to locate 50 of the most prominent night sky objects, including stars, constellation and asterisms. The program also serves the curious folks who just want to know what astronomy is all about!

All the details along with the latest map of the night sky are available on the TAAS web site. Click on the Fabulous 50 link on the left side of this page. Questions can be directed to Dee at

Graphic: Constellation Lyra - Courtesy of Naoyuki Kurita

Oak Flat Public Star Party - Saturday July 15, 2017

Oak Flat Public Star Party

Saturday, July 15th

Oak Flat Picnic Grounds, South of Tijeras

The third event in our annual summer series of Oak Flat Public Star Parties will be held on Saturday, July 15th at the Yucca and Juniper areas of the Oak Flat Picnic Grounds. Numerous TAAS telescopes of all types and sizes will ring the observing field in this dark-sky location generously assigned to our Society for many years to show the wonders of our New Mexico skies to the visiting public.

The gates to the parking areas (restrooms are at Yucca only) will open at 6:00pm, so that guests can have time to picnic and enjoy the area and get to know the astronomers and their telescopes as they set up before darkness slowly moves in and observing begins. Sunset is at approximately 8:20pm.

Free and open to the public--Families welcome! Bring jackets for any evening chill and water as needed, along with red light headlamps or flashlights to preserve night vision

Dates for series events remaining are July 15, August 12, September 9

See below for map

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