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AAAAA 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 complete.

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.

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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. 
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Astronomer's Messier

Organize your Messier Observations!

Astronomer's Herschel 400 Journal

The Herschel 400 Club Just Got Easier!

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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 Leopoldo Andriao Earns Southern Skies Binocular Club Certificate

December 2000 - Leopoldo Andriao from Araraquara, Brazil, observed over 50 southern skies objects using 10x50 binoculars to earn his Southern Skies Binocular Club Certificate. Nice job, Leopoldo. We are glad you are a member of the AAAA.

Roseann Johnston Receives Binocular Messier Club Certificate

December 2000 - Roseann Johnston from Vincent, Alabama, just got her Binocular Messier Club Certificate by observing over 50 Messier objects using 10x50 binoculars. Even though she is new to the hobby, Roseann has become a dedicated observer, and does a wonderful job on her observations. Way to go, Roseann. We are proud of you.

Raymond Andrews Earns Double Star and Lunar Certificates

September 2000 - A hearty congratulations to Raymond E. Andrews of Loudonville, NY, for observing 100 doubles using a ten inch Newtonian telescope. If that wasn't enough, he then turned around and, using a six inch dobsonian, observed 100 features on the moon. Way to go, Raymond.

David Hasenauer Awarded Lunar Certificate

September 2000 - David M. Hasenauer of Pasadena, CA, earned his Lunar Certificate using a six inch APO refractor. David is the consummate observer and has several other certificates under his belt. Nice job as usual, David.

Ellen Wilson Achieves Messier 70 Certificate

September 2000 - Ellen Wilson of Sicklerville, NJ, using an 8-inch Dobsonian, has observed 70 Messier objects, earning her the telescopic Messier 70 Certificate. Ellen is well on her way to observing all 110 Messier objects. Good luck and congratulations, Ellen.

Stephen LaFlamme Hits Grand Slam of Binocular Astronomy

June 2000 - AAAA member Stephen LaFlamme of Bridgewater, MA, completed both the Binocular Messier Club and the Deep Sky Binocular Club, at the same time. Stephen used 10x50 binoculars to observe 50 Messier objects and 60 Deep Sky objects, a number equal to the 110 objects required for the Honorary Messier Certificate for telescopes. Way to go Stephen. We are proud of you, Stephen.

Richard Brown Earns Deep Sky Binocular Club Certificate

June 2000 - AAAA member Richard Brown of Carrollton, TX, completed his Deep Sky Binocular Certificate observing 60 deep sky objects using 10x50 binoculars. Richard, who has a Binocular Messier Club Certificate, completed his observations at this year's Texas Star Party. Very, very nice job, Richard.

John Lusher II Awarded Honorary Messier Club Certificate

June 2000 - AAAA member John Lusher II of Webster, TX, recently received his Honorary Messier Certificate observing all 110 Messier objects with his telescope. Congratulations, John. We are happy you are a member of the AAAA.

Keith Davidson Earns Urban Club Certificate

March 2000 - Keith R. Davidson from Grayson, Georgia, recently earned his Urban Club certificate using a 10-inch Newtonian reflector. A hearty congratulations goes out to Keith.

William Domino Acquires Urban Club Certificate

March 2000 - William Domino of Yorba Linda, California, just received his Urban Club certificate using an 8-inch Schmidt/Cassegrain telescope. William did this from Southern California which must be one of the heaviest light polluted areas on the planet. Way to go, William, for a job well done. If William can do it, then I think anyone anywhere can do it as well.

David Bushard Receives Double Star Club Certificate

March 2000 - David Bushard of River Falls, Wisconsin, just completed his Double Star Club certificate using a 10-inch Schmidt/Cassigrain telescope. Nice job, David. We are proud of you. I was particularly impressed with your observing logs and sketches, along with your database. Nice, very nice.

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 to aaaa@astromax.com.

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