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Perihelion Banquet 2015 (Members)

January 10, 2015

TAAS PERIHELION BANQUET!

We know that there are still the Holidays to be savored and enjoyed and shared with families and friends in 2014, and we wish you happy times during 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 and ballot have been sent with all the information to RSVP and attend, and we look forward to hearing from you very soon!

Please send any questions to taas.rsvp@gmail.com

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Officer Elections for 2015 (Members)

January 10, 2015

It's that time again. We will elect our slate of officers at the upcoming banquet. If you are coming to the banquet, you will just vote in person. If not, send in your proxy ballot so your vote can be counted.
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Observer SIG Meeting- TAAS Members

December 23, 2014

NEW DATE IS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23RD

OBSERVER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP FOR TAAS MEMBERS

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23RD 6:30 - 8:30PM

Sunset is at 5:00pm

The next Observer SIG Meeting will be an observing session on December 23rd at the Hang Glider Park at 10900 Signal Ave NE. The goal to apply some of the techniques for finding objects in the sky that were discussed at the last SIG meeting. It is a fairly dark location that we have been looking to try out. Map for the Hang Glider Park is in "Read More".

This session stands independently of the last SIG meeting ...all are welcome. Bring your telescope and share your techniques with those who are learning or learn how to use a Planisphere, Sky Charts, and other tools to locate objects in the sky. The basic idea is to learn how to find objects that are not naked eye visible and require some star hopping or other techniques.


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Monthly Observing Challenge

MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE! Every month this information is changed to whet your appetite for even more observing! 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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Amateur Telescope Making/Maintenance

January 7, 2015

TELESCOPES! MAKE THEM-USE THEM-FIX THEM!

Next session - Wednesday, January 7th

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

The next UNM Observatory Friday Night event will take place on December 5th (closed for Thanksgiving holidays) and this will be the last of the fall semester.
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