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The purpose of The Tonopah Astronomical Society is to promote interest in astronomy and related sciences in the Central Nevada area for the general public and the club membership. We do this through scheduling telescope viewing session, commonly referred to as "Star Parties," in the Tonopah area and throughout the Central Nevada area and in cooperation with groups having similar interests in the State of Nevada.

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Things are getting better all the time! Now you can click here to get on the Tonopah Astronomical Society Mailing List. 

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Earlier this year several members of the Tonopah Astronomical Society were able to take part in the making of a tourism video by VHS Visuals for the  Nevada Commission on Tourism.

It came out great and you can view it here.

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Looking to purchase a telescope for that special someone for Christmas. Here are links to information on making a good choice. 

Sky and Telescope magazine has a good article of what to know before you buy.  The Bad Astronomy blog also has a good article with links to other information on telescopes. And back to Sky and Telescope magazine for a review of three inexpensive beginner telescopes.

 

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 Upcoming Events

Check back in January, 2015 for our Star Parties for the coming year.

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December 6th, 2014 at 6 PM will be our annual Christmas dinner in the Perchetti Room

 

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The next Public Star Party will tentatively be  March 28th, 2015 at Highland Park. Viewing starts at dusk

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Next business meeting will be 10 AM January 3rd, 2015 in the Perchetti Room at the Tonopah Station

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Pluto is no longer a Planet!

The 26th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union has made their decision and Pluto is no longer a planet having been demoted to a "dwarf planet." Read the story here from the Sky and Telescope website. 

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The moon and Venus hanging over Monte Cristo's Castle for Central Nevada Star Party III 

Photo by Jim Rigby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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