Observing is the Heart of
Amateur Astronomy

The American Association of
 Amateur Astronomers

Serving the Amateur Astronomy Community
Since 1996

The AAAA Online Store

Home ] Up ] Explore AAAA ] Table of Contents ] Site Index ] Welcome to the AAAA ] Astronomy Links ] AAAA News Page ] AL Observing Programs ] C.L.A.S.S. ] Light Pollution ] FAQ Index ] News and Activities ] AAAA Observing Reports ] AAAA Partnerships ] AAAA  Newlsetter ] Constellation Home Page ] Solar System Data Page ] History of Astronomy ] Astronomical League ] Search AAAA ]


Search AAAA

The AAAA Universe
Start Here

The AAAA Online Store

Join the AAAA

Control Center
Site Table of Contents

AAAA Members
  Reports and Activities

Frequently Asked Questions

to Astronomy Sites

Fight Light Pollution
Be Part of the Solution

Observing Programs
from the  Astronomical League 

News from the AAAA
Press Releases and News Updates

Overview of Astronomy
A Concise Guide to the Universe

The Solar System
Planetary Data Page

The Constellation 
Home Page
Data, Myths and Background
Arp Peculiar Galaxies
A CCD Image Gallery
The American Astronomer 
The AAAA  Newsletter Online
Members of the AAAA Team

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers 
AAAA Mission Statement

AL Observing Programs in PDF Format
AL Observing Programs in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format

Join the AAAA's FREE Online Discussion Group, Hosted by Yahoo's eGroups Service

P.O. Box 7981
Dallas, TX 75209-0981



Learn the Constellations
The First Light Astronomy Kit from David Chandler Company
Buy it Now or
Find Out More

The Texas Star Party 2001
May 13 - May 20

Participants at 2001 Texas Star Party assemble on the lawn for the traditional group photo. Popular science writer and AAAA member Timothy Ferris was guest speaker at TSP 2001. McDonald Observatory’s Multiple-Mirror Hobby-Eberly Telescope is a popular point of local interest for TSP attendees.

Texas Star Party 2001

The 23rd Annual Texas Star Party was again hosted on the magnificent Prude Ranch, a 3500 acre mile-high guest ranch located six miles northwest of Fort Davis, Texas, in the shadow of McDonald University. With 753 attendees from across the country and around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Europe, this was one of the biggest Texas Star Parties ever. TSP week this year was May 13-19, 2001.

The Fort Davis area of west Texas is noted for clear skies and dark nights. In spite of some badly needed rain in the early part of the week, TSP attendees this year were treated to good observing at least five nights out of seven. As a result, there was plenty of activity each night on the observing field. And in between telescopes and observing, attendees had ample opportunity to visit and catch up on each other’s activities since last year, as well as make many new friends.

TSP is noted for outstanding guest speakers, and this year was no exception. Well-known science writer Timothy Ferris made his presentation on Thursday evening. Dr. Ferris discussed his new book on Amateur Astronomy, entitled Seeing in the Dark , and read a portion from one of the chapters. His premise in this book is that the concept of Professional Astronomer is a modern one, and that important astronomical discoveries were made by people such as Galileo, Herschel, and Newton, who would be considered amateurs today. 

Friday’s guest speaker was Sky Pub’s Steven J. O’Meara, who talked about his activities as a Vulcanologist. Steven has come up with some interesting theories predicting the timing of volcanic eruptions based on the phases of the moon. Steve illustrated his talk with personal photos of volcanoes in Hawaii, Italy, the Philippines, and South America.

Rick Feinberg, Senior Editor of Sky & Telescope Magazine was scheduled for Saturday evening, but was called away on family business, so Steven filled in again with a second talk about the Green Flash. (AAAA has come to learn that Steven J. O’Meara is the “Billy Elliot” of Amateur Astronomy, since he pursued a career as a dancer in younger days.)

The Southwest Region of the Astronomical League holds its annual business meeting during TSP, and it is encouraging to hear that SWRAL will be increasing its interest in its member societies and their activities outside of TSP each year. To find out more about the Texas Star Party, visit their web page at http://www.texasstarparty.org/

Visit the TSP Web Site: 

Southwest Region 
of the 
Astronomical League

TSP Texas Logo
Texas Star Party


AAAA Supports 
The Texas Star Party

Home | SWRAL

TSP 2005 Observing Programs | TSP 2004 Observing Programs | TSP 2003 Observing Programs | TSP 2001 Observing Programs | TSP 2000 Observing Programs | TSP 1999 Observing Programs | Texas Star Party 2007 | Texas Star Party 2005 | Texas Star Party 2004 | Texas Star Party 2003 | Texas Star Party 2002 | Texas Star Party 2001 | Okie-Tex Star Party | Eldorado Star Party | Lake Whitney Star Parties | McDonald Observatory on Mt. Locke | McDonald Observatory Visitor Center

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

Click HERE to Read Our Report on TSP 2003
Click HERE to Read Our Report on TSP 2002
Click HERE to Read Our Report on TSP 2001

Click HERE for TSP 2003 Observing Programs
Click HERE for TSP 2001 Observing Programs
Click HERE for TSP 2000 Observing Programs
Click HERE for TSP 1999 Observing Programs

Click HERE for AL Observing Programs to Download

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.

Join the AAAA's SWRAL Newsgroup

Hosted by Yahoo Groups and the American Association of Amateur Astronomers

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.

Astronomical League Logo 


Astronomical League Logo

A Member Society of The Southwest Region of the Astronomical League
Bringing Amateur Astronomy to the World

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers is a member society of the Astronomical League. Based in Plano, TX, and with a worldwide membership, including 15% of its  members in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, AAAA is proud to be one of the ten largest clubs in the Astronomical League, and the second largest club in the Southwest Region.

Unless otherwise noted: 
Copyright ©2001 by The American Association of Amateur Astronomers

P.O. Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981

Formerly Corvus.com

Hit Counter
Counter reset October 2005

Copyright © 1996-2016 by The American Association of Amateur Astronomers - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED