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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.

If you are going to the 2004 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. 

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TSP 2004 Telescope Observing Program - Starlight, Star Bright

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TSP 2003 Binocular Observing Club - 25 Showcase Objects Under Ideal Conditions

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"Starlight, Starbright"

Welcome to the Texas Star Party's 2004 Telescope Observing Club. The purpose of this club is not to test your observing skills by throwing the toughest objects at you that are hard to see under any conditions, but to give you an opportunity to observe 25 showcase objects under the ideal conditions of these pristine West Texas skies, thus displaying them to their best advantage.

This year we have planned a program called "Starlight, Starbright". The rules are simple. Just observe the 25 objects listed.

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 (6") to medium sized (10") telescopes, and are available for observation between 10:00PM and 3:00AM any time during the TSP. 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.

To receive your pin, turn in your observations to John Wagoner - TSP Observing Chairman any time during the Texas Star Party. I will be at the outside door leading into the TSP Meeting Hall each day between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. If you finish the list the last night of TSP, or I am not available to give you your pin, just mail your observations to me at 1409 Sequoia Dr., Plano, Tx. 75023, and I will see that you get a pin.

Good luck and good observing. Now, let's get out there and observe!!!

The TSP Binocular Observing Club

The purpose of the TSP Binocular Observing Club is not to test your observing skills by throwing the toughest objects at you that are hard to see under any conditions, but to give you an opportunity to observe 25 showcase objects under the ideal conditions of these pristine West Texas skies, thus displaying them to their best advantage.

The rules are simple. Just observe any 25 objects listed below, and log those observations in the spaces provided. That's it. Any size binoculars can be used. All observations must be made at the Texas Star Party to qualify. For a Southern Skies challenge, observe those objects marked with an "S". For an easy list, observe those objects marked with an "E". For a tougher list, observe those objects marked with an "H". But remember, a total of 25 objects must be observed, and you can mix and match lists.

All objects are within range of small to medium sized binoculars, and are available for observation between 10:00PM and 4:00AM any time during the TSP. All objects are listed in Right Ascension order so that you can observe them before they set in the West, or as they rise in the East.

Each person completing this list will receive an official Texas Star Party Binocular 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. All objects were tested at Ft. Davis, so you should not have trouble with any of them.

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.


The Astronomer's Journal. 
Newly Revised and Updated by AAAA

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A Packet 
of Observing Programs
from the Astronomical League
and

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

Developed by  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.

Click HERE for TSP 2004 Observing Programs
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