TAS Virtual General Meeting on Zoom
How to Attend the TAS Virtual General Meeting on Zoom
Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 7:30 pm CDT
The General Meeting of the Texas Astronomical Society is held on the fourth Friday of each month, except November. No meeting is held in December.
Members in good standing of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will receive an email notification containing information about how to join the virtual meeting.
|Zoom open for Q&A|
| Meeting called to order
Opening remarks from the President
Speaker Introduction by Vice President
|TAS Business Meeting|
|Constellation of the Month|
|Adjourn to BAMSIG|
TAS MEMBERS: TAS sends out ZOOM meeting notifications and links via Constant Contact. If you are not receiving our e-mail:
President's Letter - June 2021
Dear Fellow TAS Members,
I’m happy to report that based on the most recent CDC Covid-19 guidance, the board of directors of TAS have developed a plan for fully re-opening the buildings at the Atoka dark site and resuming public star parties.
At the May 28 General Meeting, we announced that except for the new bunkhouse, all buildings at the dark site are now open. The dark site has been open to TAS members for many months, but now we have re-opened the learning center in addition to the buildings that have been open, the outhouse, tool shed. Once we complete some finish work inside the new bunkhouse and complete ADA requirements, we’ll open it up as well.
We’re pleased that donations are coming along for purchasing bunks for the new bunkhouse. You can donate by going to www.texasastro.org and clicking the “Donate” button, and emailing our treasurer about the purpose of your donation at email@example.com.
Glenn Fitzgerald, Jason Pyron and Greg Jones are continuing to establish priorities for electrical work at Atoka. Their efforts will lead to more reliable electrical service at all the observing pads.
Remember to register your Atoka visits in the membership portal on the TAS website and obtain the latest gate code before you go to Atoka.
As we emerge from the restrictions of the pandemic, please also remember that we might not always agree on everything, but we can be kind. We can give others the benefit of the doubt when we don’t see eye to eye, knowing there’s more than one right way sometimes. The pandemic has made a lot of things harder, including doing the hobby we share, but friendships will hopefully endure.
See you at the next General Meeting on Zoom, Friday, June 25th at 7:30 pm.
Thank You and Clear Skies!
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Sun, Moon, and Tonight's Sky
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(times in CDT):
Sunrise today: 6:19am
Sunset today: 8:39pm
Moonrise today: 4:16pm
Moonset today: 3:00am
70% of moon illuminated
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Special Interest Groups
APSIG (Astrophotography Special Interest Group) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas.
APSIG meets once a month to share information and learn more about the art and science of Astrophotography -- taking photographs of objects in the night sky such as planets, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. Imaging these celestial objects requires special techniques and equipment, but are attainable by anyone willing to point their camera skyward. Come learn how! For more information on APSIG just follow this link...
ObSIG (Observing Special Interest Group) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas. ObSIG meets once a month to promote astronomical observing with telescopes, binoculars, and naked eye. We are also here to help new comers to the hobby of amateur astronomy to get started, learn the sky, and get help picking out the right equipment. For more information on ObSIG, follow this link.
Our meetings are held online via ZOOM, on the third Wednesday of each month. All ObSIG meetings start at 7:00.
ObSIG Meeting Schedule
If you would like to attend an online ObSIG meeting, send an e-Mail to:
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ATMSIG (Amateur Telescope Makers Special Interest Group) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas.
The ATMSIG meets every other month to explore the design, construction and adjustment of both do it yourself and professionally built telescopes. Anyone interested in building their first scope will find this group a big help in finding the best place to start. You don’t need to have a well equipped workshop, just a few simple tools and an interest in building or modifying it yourself. The ATMSIG is a wonderful place to see projects built locally by TAS members and to share new ideas for the future! For more information, just follow this link...
Please Note: ATMSIG is currently inactive.
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TAS Recurring Star Parties
Please call the Public Observing Hot Line for the latest star party information and any notices of cancellations.
TAS holds 4 regular monthly Star Parties where our members get together to observe and educate about the night sky. Come join us to look at planets, stars, and other celestial wonders. The monthly Star Party schedule is as follows:
Our full schedule of activities is on our calendar. Please come out and join us or volunteer at one of our events.
Visit the members' discussion forum to discuss astro-type stuff with fellow TAS members.
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Constellation of the Month: June: Scorpius
We invite you to further explore our website for more information and hope you consider becoming a member of our Society. TAS is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, donations to which would be tax deductable for U.S. taxpayers under IRS rules. Donations may be given by using our secure PayPal site and indicating "donation" on the form.
Thank you for your gracious support of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas.