TAS Virtual General Meeting on Zoom
How to Attend the TAS Virtual General Meeting on Zoom
Friday, July 23, 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 - July 2021
Dear Fellow TAS Members,
I hope you were able to join the June TAS General Meeting on Zoom. We were treated to a presentation by Emily Levesque, and she both educated and entertained us. Her presentation covered some of the highlights from her book, The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers. If you missed it, you can log on to the Membership Portal on www.texasastro.org and access the recording.
Atoka is open for use, with the exception of the bunkhouses and the observatory. The learning center, the outhouse, and the shed are all open for use. We still have some minor work to complete in the new bunkhouse, and because of the small space inside the observatory, we will wait a while before doing any more training on the scope in the dome.
The gate code at Atoka has recently been changed, so be sure to register your visit on the Membership Portal of the website before going.
You can make a donation to the Bunks Project to purchase bunks for the new bunkhouse. Go to the website and click on “Donate” and email the treasurer to specify what your donation is for.
The board is working on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it will be presented to the membership at the July General Meeting. We are including expected expenditures for electrical work at the Atoka dark site as well as other maintenance issues.
We’re also approaching the annual election of the TAS board of directors. At this writing the nominating committee still needs one or two candidates for directors. If you are interested in serving on the board, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the next General Meeting on Zoom, Friday, July 23rd 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: 6:43am
Sunset today: 8:24pm
Moonrise today: 3:45am
Moonset today: 6:40pm
12% 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.
Visit the Members Only section for access to:
Constellation of the Month: August: 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.