What's TAAS all about?
|There's always something going on in TAAS. Here's a quick rundown of some of the things we do. For more information on any area click on the link, the text area or the photo.|
With over 300 members, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) is one of the largest and most active astronomy clubs anywhere. We truly embrace our motto "Observe - Educate - Have fun" with our own private observatory, frequent educational outreach events, and the camaraderie of amateur astronomers from all walks of life. To find out more about TAAS, read on, peruse this website, or come to one of our many events or Society meetings. All event times and places are listed on our website calendar.
If seeing the wonders of night sky is your thing, TAAS has everything you need.
The General Nathan Twining Observatory (GNTO) is owned and operated by TAAS and is available to members at any time. The Observatory is fully equipped and you do not even need to bring your own equipment. Our main dome includes a 16-inch Cave reflector and we have a second dome for imaging where you can learn to take your own astrophotos. Several loaner telescopes are available on-site. GNTO isn't all telescopes. We have a kitchen, warm-up building/bunkhouse, and picnic facilities available as well. Add to all this our regular training sessions on our Observatory equipment and you have the complete package. For more detailed information on GNTO click here.
If you don't own telescope or are thinking of buying one, check out our Loaner Telescope Program. We have one of the largest loaner programs anywhere with dozens of telescopes of all sizes and types. They range from small scopes that are very portable and great for seeing the moon and planets to large "light buckets" for serious deep sky observing. All our loaner telescopes and accessories are available free to members. For details on this great program, click here.
We are very serious about public education. Throughout the school year we hold star parties monthly at a local school. The parties include a state-of-the-art portable digital planetarium, classroom demonstrations, and of course a field of telescopes. It is all coordinated, staffed, and executed by our wonderful volunteer members. Join us and be one. For more details click here.
Education isn't just for schoolchildren. TAAS holds regular events at dark sky locations, weekly events at the University of New Mexico Observatory, and special events at local museums and other venues. The public is always welcome at these events, and all events are free.
We even educate ourselves. We hold monthly meetings on various topics of interest in astronomy. These meetings will keep you up-to-date on the latest advances, fill you in on some of the interesting history of astronomy, and let you know what's going on in TAAS. We even have special programs for beginners, our Astro101 and Fabulous 50 series. As with all our events, meeting times and places are listed our calendar.
With all this going on, there's still time for a few activities that are just for fun. We hold our Perihelion banquet every January, Equinox picnics and sky scavenger hunts in the spring and fall, and the occasional Society field trip. If you've seen enough and want to join, it's easy. Membership is open to everyone. As a member you will have unlimited access to our Observatory and Loaner Telescopes. You will be invited to our Google Group "TAAS_Talk" where members discuss and share all things astronomical and, perhaps most importantly, your dues will help support our vibrant educational outreach programs.