TAS General Meeting, September 25, 2020
Online Virtual Meeting via ZOOM
The September 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
Virtual Swap Meet
|TAS Business Meeting|
|Constellation of the Month|
|Adjourn to BAMSIG|
Don’t miss this special meeting on Zoom at 7:30 pm
1. - TAS Elections
We will hold our annual election for the TAS Board of Directors and Officers at the beginning of the meeting, so don’t be late.
The candidates running for the open positions or continuing in their second term are as follows:
- President: Dodie Reagan
- Vice President: Tammy Onufreiczuk
- Secretary: Nathan Day
- Treasurer: Daniela Grushevska
- Directors at Large: John Wagoner, Matt Cooper, Dona Mularkey, Grady Muldrow, Clayton Fitchett, Lint LaCour
2. - Virtual Swap Meet!
While we cannot meet in person we do intend to make use of ZOOM virtual technology to conduct the Swap Meet. There are a couple easy ways to participate and market your wares:
- Prepare a PowerPoint slide for the item(s) you wish to sell with a photo set, description, and asking price.
- You will be permitted to share your slide over the ZOOM meeting, talk about the item, and answer questions.
- Set the items up and use your smart device to do a walkthrough of the product in a show&tell style.
- Interested parties can make the arrangements to meet outside the General Meeting to transact business.
3. - Frank Castanho’s Annual Astrophotography Special Interest Group Video!
Frank’s APSIG video is a compilation of astronomy photos done by members of the APSIG group of TAS. Galaxies, nebulas, solar system, Milky Way, globular clusters, open clusters - they’re all represented in this showcase of members’ photos from the past year. You will be inspired!
4. - Constellation of the Month with Chaz and Dennis
Dodie Reagan, TAS VP
A Word from the President
Gary J. Carter
President, Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
TAS Short Sleeve Logo T-shirts
Three column web layout courtesy of Matthew James Taylor
Sun, Moon, and Tonight's Sky
| Richardson, TX
(times in CDT):
Sunrise today: 7:21am
Sunset today: 7:12pm
Moonrise today: 7:31pm
Moonset today: 7:02am
99% of moon illuminated
Click the above image for a chart. Popup blockers must be disabled. Chart courtesy of Fourmilab Switzerland.
| Major Planets and Moon Charts
Bright Minor Planet Charts
Observable Comet Charts
Magnitudes observed within the last 5 days:
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.