TAS February Meeting, February 28, 2020
The February General Meeting of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will be held In the Science Learning Center (SLC) auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Preceeding the meeting, at 7:00 p.m., will be the regular beginners talk.
Mark your calendar to hear astronomer and lunar photographer Robert Reeves speak at the TAS General Meeting on February 28 at 7:30 pm.
Robert has been an astrophotographer for more than fifty years, and has written numerous books on the subject, including Wide Field Astrophotography, published in 2000 by Willmann-Bell, Introduction to Digital Astrophotography, published in 2005, and Introduction to Webcam Astrophotography in 2006. He has also published more than 250 articles in astronomy magazines such as Astronomy Magazine, Amateur Astronomy, The Astrograph, The Reflector, and others.
Robert is a fixture at the most of the big star parties, including the Texas Star Party, arranging the keynote speaker, managing the group photo, and running the astrophotography contest. In a return to deep sky astrophotography, Robert recently acquired a Celestron C-14 with HyperStar.
Don’t miss the chance to hear one of the field’s foremost authorities on the geology of the Moon and discover the fascinations of our planet’s nearest cosmic neighbor.
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Moonrise today: 7:53am
Moonset today: 7:25pm
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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...
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...