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The Astronomical League's
BINOCULAR
MESSIER
CLUB

Rules and Regulations
Appendices
Messier List

by John Wagoner
American Association of Amateur Astronomers

INTRODUCTION

bino-01.gif (3195 bytes)The Astronomical League is pleased to introduce its Binocular Messier Club. The Binocular Messier Club is for beginning observers as well as experienced amateurs. Beginning observers will find that it doesn't take an expensive telescope, but only a simple pair of binoculars, no matter what size, cost or condition, to do serious astronomy. On the other hand, experienced amateurs, even though they may already have the AL's telescopic Messier and Herschel certificates, will enjoy the new perspective binocular observing gives them as they pull back from an object and observe the area surrounding that object as well as the object itself. Seeing the object and its relationship to the sky around it will help you put that object in its proper context in the sky.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

To qualify for the AL's Binocular Messier Certificate, you need only be a member of the Astronomical League, either through an affiliated club or as a member-at-large, and observe 50 or more Messier objects using only binoculars. Any 50 of the 110 recognized Messier objects may be observed. You may use any pair of binoculars, but we recommend those with objectives between 20MM and 80MM in diameter.

To record your observations, you may use the log sheets found in the back of the Astronomical League's manual Observe: A Guide to the Messier Objects, or any similar log sheet. Your own log sheets should include: object, date, time, power, seeing, type of binocular, and observing notes. Order the Observe manual through Astronomical League Sales, PO Box 572, West Burlington, IA 52655-9998. The price is $10.00, including postage. Or you can order on-line at www.astronomicalleague.com

To receive your Binocular Messier Certificate, simply send your observations along with your name, address, phone number, and club affiliation to your club’s Awards Coordinator, or to: Mike Benson, AL Binocular Coordinator, 2116 Crystal Dr., Nashville, TN 37210-3333. Phone (615) 883-6571. E-mail: ocentaurus@aol.com. Upon verification of your observations, your certificate will be forwarded either to you or your club's "Awards Coordinator," whomever you choose.

If you need to become a member of the Astronomical League as a Member-at-Large, contact Jackie Beucher, AL Executive Secretary, 11305 King Street, Overland Park, KS 66210-3421. (913) 469-0135. E-Mail: M31@sky.net.

You may also join The American Association of Amateur Astronomers, which is a member society of the Astronomical League. Join on-line at our web page: www.AstroMax.com. Or send a check for $20 ($25 family) for each membership to: AAAA Observing Coordinator, P.O. Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981. E-Mail: aaaa@AstroMax.com.

AAAA Members: If you have completed an AL observing project, submit your observations directly to the AAAA for certification. Be sure to send COPIES only. Do NOT send original photographs or observing logs.


I think you will find that the Binocular Messier Club is a fun and worthwhile project that will not only give you a whole new perspective on the universe in which we live, but a more comfortable feeling for the night sky that we all enjoy so much.

Good luck, clear skies, and good observing.

John Wagoner, AAAA


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