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.
Join the AAAA, the Internet
Astronomy Club for All Amateur Astronomers.
The Astronomical League provides a complete range of
observing programs, from beginning amateur all the way to advanced observer. All
members of the Astronomical League are eligible to participate in any of these
observing programs, earn an official Certificate of Participation, and receive a
beautiful lapel pin. The names and club affiliation of all certified observers
will also be published in the AL’s newsletter, the REFLECTOR.
The Astronomical League provides the following programs free
to its affiliated societies without restriction for distribution to their own
members and to encourage participation in observational astronomy. The American
Association of Amateur Astronomers has assembled six of them here in one packet
as a convenience to its members and other interested observers. These programs
can also be downloaded individually at no charge from the AAAA web page in Adobe
PDF format: www.astromax.org/aa01006.htm
- Binocular Messier Club—50 of the best
Messier objects for binoculars.
- Deep Sky Binocular Club—60 additional
deep sky objects for binoculars.
- Southern Skies Binocular Club—50 of
the finest objects in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Double Star Club—100 of the finest
double & multiple stars in the heavens.
- Lunar Club—100 features on the moon
for naked eye, binoculars, and telescope.
- Urban Club —observe 100 objects in
heavily light-polluted areas.
- Arp Peculiar Galaxy Club—CCD image or
observe 100 Arp galaxies.
- Planetary Club—27 selected projects
to introduce the pleasures of planetary observing.
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. As a member
of the Astronomical League through the American Association of Amateur
Astronomers, 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
Manuals and Guides for the following programs are available
for purchase from the Astronomical League through Astronomical League Sales, PO
Box 572, West Burlington, IA 52655, or through the AL Sales Online Store,
- Messier Club—70 object and
110 object levels for the telescope.
- Herschel 400 Club— 400 deep
sky objects for the telescope.
- Herschel II Club— 400 more
challenge deep-sky objects for the telescope.
- Meteor Club—observe a series
of meteor showers, and record your observations for ALPO.
- Sunspotters Club—observe and
study sunspots and their cycles.
- Asteroid Club—learn to
identify and observe asteroids and minor planets.
- Universe Sampler—a journey
through the universe for the beginner.
Please feel free to photocopy any of the programs in this
packet and distribute them to other interested observers. However, to receive
certification, you must be a member of the Astronomical League through one of
its member societies. Photocopy the observing form we have included as many
times as you need to, use it to record your observations, and file it in an
observing notebook. Upon completion of each program, submit a request through
your club officers to obtain certification.
Send requests for information about all AL observing programs
Al Observing Coordinator,
106 N. Darrowby Drive,
Raymore, MO 64073-9181.
Phone: (816) 331-5796.
The Astronomical League web page is www.astroleague.org.
AAAA members: Submit a copy of your observations and
request for certification to:
AAAA Observing Coordinator,
P.O. Box 7981,
Dallas, TX 75209-0981
Be sure to send COPIES only. Do NOT
send original photographs or 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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