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AL Observing Programs

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Messier Club - 70 object and 110 object levels for the telescope. Astronomer's Messier Journal
Binocular Messier Club - 50 of the best Messier objects for binoculars. al-binom.pdf  
(796 KB)
Deep Sky Binocular Club - 60 additional deep sky objects for binoculars. al-binod.pdf  
(487 KB)
Southern Skies Binocular Club - 50 of the finest objects in the Southern Hemisphere. al-binos.pdf 
(511 KB)
Herschel Club - 400 deep sky objects for the telescope. Astronomer's Herschel 400 Journal
Herschel II Club - 400 more challenge deep-sky objects for the telescope. Buy Manual from AL Sales
Double Star Club - 100 of the finest double & multiple stars in the heavens. al-dstar.pdf  
(581 KB)
Lunar Club - 100 features on the moon for naked eye, binoculars, and telescope. al-lunar.pdf  
(500 KB)
Meteor Club - observe a series of meteor showers, and record your observations for ALPO. Buy Manual from AL Sales
Sunspotters Club - observe and study sunspots and their cycles. Buy Manual from AL Sales
Arp Peculiar Galaxy Club - CCD image or observe 100 Arp galaxies. al-arp.pdf  
(767 KB)
Urban Club - observe 100 objects in heavily light-polluted areas. al-urban.pdf  
(726 KB)
Asteroid Club - learn to identify and observe asteroids and minor planets. al-asteroid.pdf
(257 KB)
Universe Sampler - a journey through the universe for the beginner. Buy Manual from AL Sales
Planetary Club - 27 selected projects to introduce the pleasures of planetary observing. alplanet.pdf  
(338 KB)
AAAA Observing Log - Record essential information during your observing session. 10 objects per page. a4-obsfm.pdf
AAAA Observation Log and Sketch Template - Make drawings at the eyepiece. 1 object per page. a4-sketch.PDF

The Astronomer's Journal. 
Newly Revised and Updated by AAAA

Astronomer's Messier

Organize your Messier Observations!

Astronomer's Herschel 400 Journal

The Herschel 400 Club Just Got Easier!

The Astronomical League's
Observing Program
Contact Info

Messier Club Info

Observers should go through their club officers to obtain a Messier certificate. You do not need to send a copy of your Observing Log when your club requests a Messier Certificate. Send your requests for information about all AL observing awards to: Scott Kranz, 106 N. Darroyby Drive, Raymore, MO 64083-9181 (816) 331-5796. E-mail: skranz@worldnet.att.net

The newly rewritten Astronomical League observing manual for the Messier objects is available from Astronomical League Sales, PO Box 572, West Burlington, IA 52655, 30 pages, paperback, $6.00 ppd. www.astronomicalleague.com.

Binocular Observing Club Info

For full details about the Binocular Messier Club, the Deep-Sky Binocular Club, the Double Star Club, the Urban Club, the Arp CCD Imaging Club, and the Southern Skies Binocular Club, including rules and regulations and complete lists of objects to be observed, send a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope with $.33 postage for each Club to: Mike Benson, AL Binocular Coordinator, 2116 Crystal Drive, Nashville, TN 37210-3333 (615) 883-6571. E-mail: ocentaurus@aol.com

Lunar Club Info

To participate in the Lunar Club and receive the Lunar Club certificate and pin, you need only observe a list of 100 lunar features. To receive full details on the Lunar Club, and a copy of the list of features to observe, send a business-sized Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope with $.33 postage to: 

Steve Nathan, Lunar Club Coordinator, 
45 Brewster Rd., 
West Springfield, MA. 01089
E-mail: snathan@k12.oit.umass.edu

Herschel II Club

The Rose City Astronomers has developed a web page with information about the Herschel II program, and the Herschel II manual, available through Astronomical League Sales, is proving to be an excellent reference manual for advanced amateur astronomers. This manual is available for $11.00 ppd from Astronomical League Sales.

CandacePratt, candace@europa.com
Carol Cole, starscarol@aol.com
Co-Chairmen, Herschel II Observing Program
Rose City Astronomers

Herschel 400 Club

Brenda F. Branchett, Herschel Club Coordinator
515 Glen Haven Drive
Deltona, FL 32738

Universe Sampler

Amelia Goldberg
5115 Stillbrooke
Houston, TX 77035
(713) 721-5077

Asteroid Club

Larry Robinson
14680 W. 144th St.
Olathe, KS 66062-9765

Planetary Club

Paul Castle
2535 45th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 786-6119

Astronomical League Sales

Astronomical League Sales, PO Box 572, West Burlington, IA 52655

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