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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


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Astronomer's Messier
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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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Roseann Johnston 
Earns Messier Certificate

December 2001 - Roseann Johnston of Vincent, AL, earns the AL's Regular Messier Certificate and pin for observing and logging 80 Messier objects using 10x50 binoculars and a 4.5-inch reflector telescope.

Glenn L. Johnson 
Earns Messier Certificate

December 2001 - Glenn Johnson of Denton, TX earns the AL’s Honorary Messier Certificate and pin for observing all 110 objects on the Messier list. Glenn used a 6-inch Newtonian telescope for his observations.

Matthew Andrew 
Earns Binocular Messier Certificate

December 2001 - Matthew Andrew of Norwalk, Ohio, earns the AL’s Binocular Messier Certificate and pin for observing 51Messier objects using his Orion Vista 10x50 binoculars.

Leopoldo Andriao, Junior 
Earns Binocular Messier Certificate

December 2001 - Leopoldo Andriao, Junior, of Araraquara, Sao Paolo, Brazil, earns the AL’s Binocular Messier Certificate and pin for observing 50 Messier objects using his 10x50 Bushnell binoculars.

Bob Brill Earns 
Binocular Messier Certificate

September 2001 - Bob Brill of St. Louis, MO, earned the AL's Binocular Messier Club Certificate for observing and logging over 53 Messier objects using 10x50 binoculars. We are proud of you, Bob.

John Sayers Earns
Messier Certificate

September 2001 - John Sayers of Lecanto, FL, has observed 70 Messier objects, earning himself the Regular Messier 70 Certificate. John is well on his way to observing all 110 Messier objects. Good luck and congratulations, John.

Paulo Raymundo Earns Four Important Observing Awards

June 2001 - A hearty congratulations goes to Paulo Raymundo from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, for earning three of the Astronomical League’s observing certificates: Urban Club, Binocular Messier, and Southern Skies Binocular Club. Then to top it all off, Paulo was awarded the Herschel 400 Certificate, for which he made some of the observations at Cerro Telolo Observatory in Chile. Paulo’s certificates were presented to him by AL Vice President Bob Gent during the Texas Star Party. To quote Mike Benson, who coordinates observing awards for the AL, “This guy is some kind of astronomer!” Vos felicitamos, Paulo!

Roseann Johnston Earns Deep Sky Binocular and Lunar Certificates

June 2001 - A hearty congratulations  to Roseann Johnston of Vincent, Al, for earning both the Deep Sky Binocular Certificate and the Lunar Club Certificate from the Astronomical League. Roseann used naked eye, 10x50 binoculars, and her 60MM refractor for her observations. Along with the Binocular Messier and Universe Sampler awards, this makes four observing certificates that Roseann has earned since becoming an AAAA member. Nice job, Roseann. Your enthusiasm and perseverance are contagious. 

Roseann Johnston Earns Universe Sampler

March 2001 - A hearty congratulations goes to Roseann Johnston of Vincent, AL, for earning both the naked eye and telescopic versions of the Astronomical League's Universe Sampler. Nice Job, Roseann. We are 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 to aaaa@astromax.com.


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