In addition to our monthly MoonGaze and our DSO outings to Upham and Leasburg Dam SP, ASLC regularly participates in a variety of activities:
Renaissance Faire - For the past several years, ASLC has participated in the Las Cruces Arts Council's Renaissance Faire. We offer daytime viewing of the Sun through solar and hydrogen-alpha telescopes. We also point a few telescopes at the moon and/or bright planets. Our resident telescope maker, Nils Allen often demonstrates how individuals can build their own Dobsonian telescope. There are also displays of members' astrophotos. This is one of our best public outreach events of the year with hundreds of individuals visiting our booth and looking through our scopes. The event takes place each year during the first weekend of November.
The 2017 Renaissance Faire will take place on November 4th and 5th. Venus, Mars and Mercury will be visible for daytime viewing. We'll also have special solar telescopes on hand for safe viewing of the Sun.
Texas Star Party - TSP is one of the largest star parties in the country. The venue is located a mere four-hour drive from Las Cruces at the Prude Ranch (near Fort Davis, TX) usually during mid-to-late Spring. The location boasts some of the darkest skies in the United States. There are numerous observing lists to challenge new and experienced observers, as well as presentations most afternoons and evenings. Participants can opt to camp in tents, RVs or stay in dormatory-type housing. Meal plans are also available.
The 2017 Texas Star Party runs from May 21-28. Additional information can be found on the TSP website.
Okie-Tex Star Party - This star party, held at Camp Billy Joe in the extreme tip of the Oklahoma panhandle, has become one of the observing and imaging highlights of the year for ASLC. The dark skies and the setting are beautiful. Like TSP, electrical power and internet service is available throughout the camp. There are also many presentations and vendors, and even an optional meal plan. In addition to astronomy-related activities, there are nearby State Parks, hiking trails, lakes, golf, cycling... Star parties aren't just night events anymore!
The 2017 Okie-Tex Star Party will be held September 16-24. For more info, please visit the Okie-Tex web site.
Messier Marathon - Each Spring, ASLC members participate in an all-night endeavor to attempt to view all 110 Messier objects in a single night. Newer astronomers can attempt the marathon using a GoTo telescope; more experienced members often try to locate the objects using only a star chart. Several member have observed all 110 objects in a single night.
2017 Marathon: ASLC's 2017 Messier Marathon will be held on Saturday, March 25 at Leasburg Dam State Park. A pot-luck meal will prceed the viewing. 2017 is a good year for the marathon!! Catch all 110!
Last review - 24February2017