The star party, which will be held near Animas, New Mexico, will take place under some of the darkest skies in the continental United States, perfect for deep-sky viewing and also for astroimaging. Moreover, Astronomy Magazine Senior Editor Michael Bakich and I will be on hand to deliver several talks and to observe and collaborate with you. I’ll be speaking on the science of galaxies, while Michael will be describing the sights visible in the sky during the two nights of observing.
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In addition to incredible star viewing opportunities, DSNM’s Star Party on October 13th and 14th will feature four excellent presentations from well known astronomy personalties. Dale Murray, President of TAAS, will be the first speaker, presenting "Basic Telescope and Mount Designs.” Next will be the Senior Editor of Astronomy Magazine, Michael Bakich, presenting on “Star Deaths.” TAAS member Dee Friesan will begin the afternoon session. His talk is called the “Fabulous 50, Fall Version.” David Eicher, Astronomy Magazine Editor, will end the day with his presentation on “The Science of Galaxies.”Read More
"Dark Sky New Mexico has planned its second star party for observers and astroimagers for October 13–14, 2017, in Animas, New Mexico. As astronomy enthusiasts know, enjoying a world-class dark sky is increasingly hard for the majority of people in the world. In the United States, about 80 percent of the population lives in places where it cannot see the Milky Way. That‘s a sad state of affairs, and so truly dark sky star parties like this one are becoming far more important to those who want to observe, image, and enjoy star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies."Read More
"Three astroimagers who had observatories at DSNM kindly provided guided tours of their facilities. Wow! These were impressive structures indeed. All had remote control ability and contained multiple telescopes. When one of the owners talked about his recently purchased 20-inch telescope that should be arriving soon, my knees went weak. If I had that large a scope in such a pristine location, I literally would disappear for weeks at a time," says Michael E. Bakich, senior editor of Astronomy and an experienced observer of the night sky in this feature in Astronomy Magazine
On February 4-5, 2017, ten TEDxABQ Adventurers made their way out to Animas, NM, to attend a Dark Sky New Mexico opportunity to view space. The group was met by host, Michael Hensley, and our guide astrophotographer, Al Acker.Read More