TAS Virtual General Meeting on Zoom
Guest Speaker Presentation:
David J. Eicher
TAS General Meeting Agenda
Online Virtual Meeting via ZOOM
The October General Meeting of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will be an online virtual meeting via ZOOM. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm. CDT. Members in good standing of 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
Guest Speaker Introduction by Vice President
Guest Speaker Presentation
|TAS Business Meeting|
|Constellation of the Month|
|Adjourn to BAMSIG|
The club elections were held virtually at the September General Meeting via Zoom. Please join me in thanking the outgoing Officers and Directors and welcoming our new Board Members. Several TAS members who have not previously served on the board stepped up to fill positions this year, and I thank them for their willingness to serve. I look forward to another year of enjoying astronomy with fellow TAS members.
Your Officers include:
Your Directors include:
Please join me in thanking the previous board for their service. Gary Carter served as President, Frank Castanho served as Secretary, Dennis Wardell served as Treasurer, and Carlton Crothers served as a director at large. The accomplishments of our club under the leadership of President Emeritus Gary Carter are impressive. The Covid-19 Pandemic presented the club with unprecedented challenges, but Gary led the board and the club to continue our monthly board meetings and general meetings virtually. Volunteers found ways to continue work on the bunkhouse project and brought it to near-completion. We owe them all a debt of gratitude.
Going forward, we have a list of objectives to consider and to accomplish in the coming year. These include finalizing the bunkhouse finish-out, raising capital for bunks for the bunkhouse, updates to the TAS website, repairs to electrical outlets at Atoka, additional painting at Atoka, and other projects. If you have questions, ideas, or requests please contact a board member. TAS depends on volunteer members. Please consider volunteering for one of the above positions next year and for assisting with projects throughout the year as we call for volunteers.
As we move into the autumn season, Atoka continues to be open seven days a week with specific guidance as previously reported in the Spectrum. Before heading to Atoka, please remember to go to the Membership Portal on texasastro.org to read the Conditional Reopening Guidelines, sign the Dark Site Liability Release, and obtain the current gate code. Also remember to use mosquito protection whether you are at Atoka or in your backyard. Our hobby takes us outdoors a great deal, and we should always take precautions to stay safe. By following these guidelines, we can safely enjoy the dark skies of Atoka together.
We have a truly special speaker scheduled for the October 23rd General Meeting. David Eicher, Editor of Astronomy Magazine and author of the recently published GALAXIES: Inside the Universe's Star Cities will join us on Zoom.
Until we can meet again in person, I hope to see you on Zoom at the General Meetings!
President, The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
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Sun, Moon, and Tonight's Sky
| Richardson, TX
(times in CDT):
Sunrise today: 7:39am
Sunset today: 6:44pm
Moonrise today: 3:31pm
Moonset today: 1:07am
54% of moon illuminated
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| Major Planets and Moon Charts
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Observable Comet Charts
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Minor planet and comet lists, and corresponding orbital elements, are courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Charts courtesy of Fourmilab Switzerland
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:
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
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
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.
Please call the Public Observing Hot Line at 214-800-6000 for the latest cancellation information.
Visit the members' discussion forum to discuss astro-type stuff with fellow TAS members.
Visit the Members Only section for access to:
Constellation of the Month: October: Cassiopeia and Cepheus
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.