TSP Telescope Observing Club

THE TEXAS STAR PARTY

2022 TELESCOPE OBSERVING CLUB

BY CHRISTOPHER OBER

HOUSTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Welcome to the Texas Star Party’s 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 29 objects under the ideal conditions of these pristine West Texas skies, thus displaying them to their best advantage. The regular observing program is “WHAT’S IN A NAME?”.  All the objects have a common name they are and can be referred to. You will need to observe 20 objects of the 29 available to get your pin, If you are using a smaller scope and have a little trouble with some of the objects, mark it as “tried” and move on.  You will still get credit for the object. Pins for previous years’ lists are becoming scarce. If you want to complete a list for a pin, download the list from the TSP archive and then contact me to see if pins are available.

Simple. 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 4:00AM 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 Chris Ober 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 if I am not available to give you your pin, just mail your observations to me at 110 Indian Blanket St, Cibolo, TX 78108 and I will see that you get a pin.

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

P.S. If you would like to see some of your favorite objects on a future TSP program, or have any ideas for a new program, let me know during TSP or email me at chris@oberphoto.com

You can download this year’s observing program from:

TSP_2022_O  PDF File

TSP_2022_O  MS Word DOCX file

And you can download this ZIP file containing this year’s program in SkyTools(STX), SkySafari(SKYLIST), and plaintext(TXT) format.

And you can download this ZIP file containing programs from prior years in SkyTools(STX), SkySafari(SKYLIST), Excel(XLS), and plaintext(TXT) format.

 


Pins for previous years’ lists are becoming scarce. If you want to complete a list for a pin, download the list from the TSP archive and then contact me to see if pins are available.

Check out our Observing Program archives for previous year lists!