Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock
Las Cruces Clear Sky Clock

M104 (The Sombrero Galaxy), image by Kirby Benson
The Next ASLC Meeting is:
August 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Speaker: Bert Stevens
Astrophotography Before the CCD

Location: Good Samaritan Society
3025 Terrace Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88011
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Upcoming Observing Opportunities:

ASLC MoonGaze
(Int'l Delights Cafe)
Sat, September 10th (dusk)

Dark Sky Observing @ Leasburg Dam SP
(ASLC Observatory at LDSP)
Saturday, August 27th (dusk - 9:30 pm)

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M31Greetings from the professional and amateur astronomers who comprise the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces (ASLC). The club was formed in 1951 by a group of dedicated astronomers including Clyde Tombaugh, who had discovered Pluto just 21 years earlier. For nearly 65 years, we've been sharing a little bit of the universe with our community under our beautiful Southern New Mexico skies.

The club has a variety of ongoing observing, education and public outreach programs. We host a public Moongaze each month, offer beginning astronomy courses and support countless star parties for schools, scouts and various organizations. We also hold a meeting each month which includes a featured presentation.

To learn more about our society, please click here or select from the tabs above or the 'Quick Links' on the left.

What's in the Sky Tonight (Sunday, August 21, 2016)


  • Sun - Sunset occurs at 7:46 pm (MDT). Civil twilight ends at 8:09 pm. Astronomical twilight ends at 9:11 pm.
  • Moon - Waning Gibbous Moon rises at 10:09 pm.

Bright Planets

  • Mercury - In Leo. Mercury is low in the west at dusk. It's a little left of Venus which is much brighter. Sets at 8:44 pm.
  • Venus - In Leo. Venus is low in the west at dusk. It shines very brightly. Sets at 8:45 pm. Venus will slowly climb higher into the sky each evening for the next few months.
  • Mars - In Scorpius. High in the sky at dusk. Sets at 12:25 am. Mars is slowly fading, but still shines brightly.
  • Jupiter - In Virgo. Jupiter shines brightly and is fairly low in the west after sunset. Sets at 9:00 pm.
    • Europa's shadow will transit from dusk until after Jupiter sets.
  • Saturn - In Scorpius. Saturn is high in the sky at dusk. Sets at 12:45 am. Look about 5° above Mars.

Star TrailsThis Month's ASLC Meeting

The next monthy ASLC meeting will be held on: Friday, August 26th.

This month's ASLC speaker is: Bert Stevens,

Presentation: Astrophotography Before the CCD

Summary: Take a trip down memory lane as we look at the tools and techniques dues to take astrophotos in the decades before the CCD camera became available to the amateur astronomer. See some images taken in that era with various pieces of equipment. Do you remember gas hypersensitization? FujiChrome R100? Photomicrographic Color Film? How about 103a-F spectroscopic film? We will take a look at these techniques and more as we see how it was done "in the good-old-days".

Astronomical League  
The Astronomical Society of Las Cruces is a member of the Astronomical League

International DarkSky Association  
ASLC supports the eradication of light pollution by its participation in the International DarkSky Association

International DarkSky Association  
ASLC supports the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (founded by ASLC co-founder, the late Walter Haas)

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