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AAAA President John Wagoner is one of the best known binocular observers in the country. Not only is he familiar with the skies of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, but he has created some of the most popular binocular observing programs available. And he is also the observing coordinator for the internationally known Texas Star Party, the premier dark-sky observing event for amateur astronomers in North America.

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TSP 2001 Telescope Observing Program - AN ASTRONOMICAL ODYSSEY


TSP 2001 Binocular Observing Club - 26 Binocular Objects of Varying Difficulty


An Astronomical Odyssey

If you are going to the 2001 Texas Star Party, and want a head start on the binocular and telescope observing programs, here is your chance. Just download the programs here in PDF format. You will still need to observe all of the objects at this year's Texas Star Party, but downloading the files now will allow you to plan your observing sessions ahead of time. 

This year we have planned a special program for this special year (2001). The rules are simple. Just observe all 26 objects on the list in the order they are on the list, and log those observations in the spaces below. That's it. Any size telescope can be used. All observations must be made at the Texas Star Party to qualify.

All objects are within range of small to medium sized telescopes, and are available for observation between 10:00PM and 3:00AM any time during the Texas Star Party.

There is a small mystery surrounding the list, so see if you can figure it out during your observations and let me know. However, if you complete the list and are consequently abducted by aliens, please do not hold the Texas Star Party responsible.

Each person completing this list will receive an official Texas Star Party Telescope Observing Club lapel pin. These pins are not sold at the TSP and can only be acquired by completing the program, so wear them proudly.

John Wagoner,
TSP Observing Chairman

The Southwest Region of the Astronomical League is made up of 28 member societies of the Astronomical League in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

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The purpose of the SWRAL Yahoo! Newsgroup, hosted by the American Association of Amateur Astronomers, is to create a forum where members of SWRAL clubs can share ideas and experiences, and just get to know each other. If you belong to one of the member societies of the Southwest Region of the Astronomical League, or just want to know more about what is going on in this part of the Astronomical League, please join us as we share ideas about our region and what we can do to encourage more communication between clubs.

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A Packet 
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A Primer  
for the Beginning Astronomer
Five Lessons to Help You learn the Sky

Developed by AAAA President and TSP Observing Chairman John Wagoner, these observing programs are provided here in PDF format by the American Association of Amateur Astronomers at no charge, as a service to members of the AAAA, the Texas Star Party, the Southwest Region of the Astronomical League, and the astronomical community at large.

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The Texas Star Party is the Annual Convention of the Southwest Region of the Astronomical League,
sponsored by SWRAL and hosted by TSP, Inc.

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