2015 refresh in the works - COMPLETED

2015 refresh in the works - COMPLETED

Postby rene-gedaly » Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:22 pm

This year's refresh of the Texas 45 is underway.
Thanks for your comments about how to tweak the program and make it more clear.
There are no new or changed objects this year.
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Re: 2015 refresh in the works

Postby stephen-jones » Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:43 pm

So.... what did change, Rene? Did I miss it?
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Re: 2015 refresh in the works

Postby steve-pinney » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:28 pm

What is the Texas 45?
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Re: 2015 refresh in the works

Postby stephen-jones » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:38 pm

The Texas 45 is our very own homegrown observing program, created by our fearless leader Rene herself. It's fairly similar to other beginner-level programs, but with the added requirement that the observations have to be made from our dark site. Click here for more info: http://www.astronomyhouston.org/programs/has-texas-45
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Re: 2015 refresh in the works

Postby rene-gedaly » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:50 pm

The Texas 45 is a homegrown observing program that members complete at the dark site. The 45 stands for the number of objects you observe, 10 objects each season plus 5 solar system objects. That makes 45. There are some rules to follow, and the list itself has 60 objects so you can complete it with a small scope by selecting the most accessible 10 out of 15 objects each season.

Here's the link to the program (scroll to the bottom for the rules and logs): http://www.astronomyhouston.org/programs/has-texas-45.

The refresh is just fixing a typo and maybe changing a sentence to make it clear that you can use a GoTo scope to complete the program.
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Re: 2015 refresh in the works

Postby rene-gedaly » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:52 pm

Stephen, you are just too quick. But thanks :D
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Re: 2015 refresh in the works

Postby rene-gedaly » Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:23 pm

Here's the 09/01/2015 refresh. Minor edits to clarify program. You can now use the observatory log report that's available from the website instead of the paper pad log. So on the Texas45 log form, place a check in the pad log # field if you used the online observatory log report. I'll check it against the date observed field.
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Re: 2015 refresh in the works - COMPLETED

Postby joe-khalaf » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:04 pm

I just downloaded the old form about 2 days ago. Is it just the observation log that changed? Are all of the observation targets the same?
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Re: 2015 refresh in the works - COMPLETED

Postby steve-fung » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:54 pm

Thanks, Rene. I just need to find the time to go out to the dark site - weather, work, and family permitting.
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Re: 2015 refresh in the works - COMPLETED

Postby rene-gedaly » Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:46 am

joe-khalaf wrote: Is it just the observation log that changed? Are all of the observation targets the same?


That's right. All targets are the same.

The Texas 45 observation log has a minor change. If you tracked your visit to the observatory using the observatory log report on the website instead of the paper form on the field, there won't be a "pad log #," instead there will be a date. In that case, put a check mark in the pad log # field of the Texas 45 log and I'll verify you were at the site on the date shown on your observatory log report.

Other minor changes are to the wording that describes the gold, silver, and bronze levels and on the signature page. Your signature is required if you are claiming a gold level award or the star-hopped silver level award.
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