A Word from the President
TAS General Meeting, March 27, 2020 - Cancelled
Dear TAS Members,We find ourselves in difficult times as Coronavirus/Covid-19 spreads throughout our community. I have been following the news carefully in an attempt to understand the threat this pandemic poses and determine the best course of action for TAS. It is clear to me we need to follow Federal, State, CDC and WHO guidelines as this virus runs its course. Given the current reports regarding the impacts in other regions, I fear we will all soon face significant challenges. The TAS BOD, appointees, and volunteers are doing all we can to err on the side of safety. We will stay informed on the reports from area officials and exercise prudence accordingly. Your health and well-being is first and foremost in our minds.
Our first action was taken early this month. Working with TAS Observing Coordinator Matt Cooper and our outreach coordinators, TAS has suspended outreach events due the threat this virus poses at TAS sponsored outreach events.
The next concern was what to do about our General Meetings. UTD has extended spring break by one week and closed access to Auditoriums. The March General meeting is cancelled. I am in discussions with the BOD deliberating options to support our General Meetings using virtual technology. We are considering a number of other possible ways to continue to communicate with the Membership in a safe manner until normalcy is restored in the North Texas region.
Look to the TAS Website, Spectrum Newsletter, and Constant Contact for club related announcements.
Gary J. Carter
President, The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
TAS General Meeting, March 27, 2020 - Cancelled
The March 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 Lonnie Wege speak at the TAS General Meeting on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 pm.
Lonnie Wege of Meade Instruments will be our speaker at the March 27 General Meeting. Come and hear about Lonnie’s astronomy journey over the years. Lonnie has been a member of TAS for more than 17 years, and has seen many advancements in the field of amateur astronomy and astrophotography in that time.
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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...