TAS VirtualGeneral Meeting on Zoom
TAS Virtual General Meeting on Zoom
How to Attend the TAS Virtual General Meeting on Zoom
Friday, February 26, 2021 @ 7:30 pm CST
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|
TAS MEMBERS: TAS sends out ZOOM meeting notifications and links via Constant Contact. If you are not receiving our e-mail:
Dear Fellow TAS Members,
It’s hard to believe we’re a month into the new year already! It’s good to see friends beginning to get their Covid-19 vaccinations, but we still have a long way to go. If anything, 2021 looks more uncertain as we find out how much we don’t know about the new variants of the virus and how they will affect a return to normal.
A few things are certain, though. Amateur astronomers are as enthusiastic as ever, with many taking this opportunity to hone skills they can apply to operating new equipment, observing, and astrophotography. Attendance has grown at Zoom meetings of TAS’ special interest groups for observing and imaging, and members are participating more as they explore the possibilities. The TAS Facebook group continues to attract enthusiasts from around Texas and around the world who see the levels of enthusiasm and knowledge that TAS members bring to the discussion.
So, what can TAS members expect for the next few months? The dark site near Atoka, Oklahoma continues to be open for members’ use. The gate code is changed periodically, so members need to go the TAS website, www.texasastro.org and register on the membership portal for a visit. You will then receive the current gate code. Once you arrive, you will have access to the outhouse and the shed, but the other buildings are closed due to Covid-19.
The TAS board of directors continue to work to make the dark site the best it can be. The pandemic has presented challenges in resolving the feral hog problem, so be aware that the ground is uneven is some areas. Once the hogs are no longer digging, we will have the ground leveled. We owe a huge thank you to Glenn Fitzgerald for his tireless work at the dark site.
We’re continuing with all of our meetings on Zoom, and expect to do so for the foreseeable future. You will receive an email with all the details early in the week of the general meeting.
Our February General Meeting will be held on Zoom on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm. I hope to see you there.
Thank You and Clear Skies!
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Sun, Moon, and Tonight's Sky
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(times in CST):
Sunrise today: 7:01am
Sunset today: 6:20pm
Moonrise today: 4:44pm
Moonset today: 6:10am
93% 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
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.
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Constellation of the Month: February: Canis Major and Puppis
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.