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Deep Sky Binocular Club - 60 additional deep sky objects for binoculars. al-binod.pdf 
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The Astronomical League's
BINOCULAR 
DEEP SKY
CLUB

Rules and Regulations
Deep Sky List

by John Wagoner
American Association of Amateur Astronomers

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the Astronomical League’s Deep Sky Binocular Club. The Deep Sky Binocular Club is a list of sixty selected non-Messier objects which picks up where the Binocular Messier Club leaves off. The purpose of the Deep Sky Binocular Club is not to put your observing skills to the test by including the toughest objects observable with binoculars, but to allow you to observe and enjoy sixty of the most beautiful objects in the heavens: objects other than those discovered and catalogued by Charles Messier.

Just because the Deep Sky Binocular Club comes after the Binocular Messier Club does not mean you have to do your Messier observations before you can do this program. However, it is recommended that you do complete the Binocular Messier program first, because, let’s face it, Messier got most of the good (easy) objects already.

Even though the sixty objects in the Deep Sky Binocular Club are the best objects for small binoculars, it doesn’t mean that they are all easy. For some of the objects on this list, you will have to go to a good dark sky site on a clear night with good seeing, and then observe those objects on the meridian for best  results. But luckily, this is easy to do with binoculars, since they are so portable.

All objects in the Deep Sky Binocular Club were observed with 7X50 Orion Explorer binoculars which retailed for $149.00. For our northern observes, no object on the list is below minus 35 degrees declination, which is the declination of M7, the most southerly of the Messier objects.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

To qualify for the AL’s Deep Sky Binocular Certificate, you need only be a member of the Astronomical League, either through an affiliated club or as a Member-at-Large, and observe all sixty of the selected objects on this list using binoculars. Any pair of binoculars may be used, but those with objectives between 50mm and 80mm in diameter are recommended. To record your observations, you may use log sheets similar to those found in the back of the Astronomical League’s manual Observe: A Guide to the Messier Objects. Or you can use a sheet of plain paper. Your own log sheets should include: object, date, time, power, seeing, type of binocular, and observing notes. You can order a copy the AL’s Observe manual through Astronomical League Sales, P.O. Box 572, West Burlington, IA 52655. www.AstronomicalLeague.com.

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, The Internet Astronomy Club, 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, P.O. Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981. E-Mail: aaaa@astromax.com

To receive your Deep Sky Binocular Certificate and pin, send your observations along with your name, address, phone number, and club affiliation, to your club’s Awards Coordinator, or to:

Michael Benson,
AL Binocular Coordinator,
2308 Dundee Lane,
Nashville, TN 37214-1520
Telephone: (615) 883-6571.
E-mail: ocentaurus@aol.com.

Upon verification of your observations, your certificate and pin will be forwarded either directly to you or to your club’s Awards Coordinator, whomever you choose.

AAAA Members who have completed AL observing projects should submit their observations directly to the AAAA for certification. Be sure to send COPIES only. Do NOT send original photographs or observing logs.


I hope you enjoy observing this list of objects as much as I enjoyed compiling it. Sometimes, it absolutely amazes me what can be seen with a small objective. Between the Binocular Messier Club and the Deep Sky Binocular Club, there are more than 135 objects that can easily be seen with a small pair of binoculars, which proves that you can do a lot of astronomy for a small amount of money.

Good luck, clear skies, and good observing.

Jon Wagoner, AAAA


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You MUST be a member of the Astronomical League, either through membership in an affiliated astronomical society or as a Member-at-Large, to receive certification for the Binocular Deep Sky Club.

As a member of the AAAA, not only are you eligible to earn this observing award, but you will also get your own subscription to the Astronomical League's newsletter, the REFLECTOR, as well as our own quarterly newsletter, The American Astronomer.

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