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members are eligible to earn the Astronomical League's Messier
Observing Award for observing all objects on the Messier list, or to
participate in any of the AL's many other observing programs. Upon
completion of any of the AL programs and proper certification through
the AAAA, members will be awarded an official Certificate of
Participation, and receive a beautiful lapel pin for each program they
As a member of the AAAA, not only are you eligible to earn any of
these observing awards, 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.
AAAA Members: When you have completed your Astronomical League
observing projects, submit your observations to AAAA for
certification. Be sure to send copies of your records only. Do NOT
send originals of your observing logs.
|These observing programs
are distributed FREE by the Astronomical League and are provided here in
PDF format at no charge as a service to members of the AAAA, the
Astronomical League, and the astronomical community at large. Observing
Programs listed without a PDF must be obtained from Astronomical
League Sales, PO Box 572, West Burlington, IA 52655.
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 AL Observing Programs.
The American Association of Amateur Astronomers is a member
society of the Astronomical League.
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Astronomy Club for All Amateur Astronomers.
P.J. Mitchell Earns Lunar Certificate
September 1997 - This must be the month for observing. Congratulations go to P.J. Mitchell of Oxford,
Al. for earning the Astronomical League’s Lunar Club Certificate. P.J. observed 100 features on the moon using
his naked eye, 10x50 binoculars, and a 60MM refractor telescope. Nice job, P.J. We’re really glad you are a member
of the AAAA.
Brenda Culbertson Earns Two Certificates
September 1997 - A hearty congratulations to AAAA member Brenda Culbertson of Topeka, Ks. for earning
both the Binocular Messier Certificate and the telescopic Messier Certificate offered by the Astronomical League.
Brenda used 7x35 and 10x50 binoculars, and an 8-inch S/C telescope in earning these two awards. Brenda receives
the honorary Messier Certificate since she observed all 110 Messier objects in the program. Way to go, Brenda!!!!
John Braccili Receives Lunar Club Award
June 1997 - A hearty congratulations to AAAA member John Braccili, who recently received the Astronomical
League’s Lunar Club certificate and pin. John hails from Upper Darby, PA, and observed 100 lunar features in the
program using his naked eye, 7x50 binoculars and an eight-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. We all here at the
AAAA just want to say, “Nice job, John. We’re proud of you!”
AAAA Members: When you have completed your AL observing projects,
don’t forget to submit your observation logs to the AAAA for official
certification. Be sure to send copies of your records only. Do NOT send
originals of your observing logs.
If you are a newcomer to the hobby of astronomy, and have questions about equipment, eyepieces, telescopes,
or astronomy in general, let us know and we will try to answer your questions, or find someone who does know. Send
or e-mail your questions to Newbie News, AAAA, P.O. Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981, or send your e-mail
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