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New Horizons NASA Observing Challenge


This is a reminder that the third NASA Observing Challenge is "On!" (an AL Special Observing Award)
The website:
The requirements:
        Image Pluto and submit it to the NASA Flicker site.
        Have an outreach event regarding the New Horizons encounter with Pluto.
        Submit the form to NASA.
The reward:
        A NASA/AL certificate.

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Winning Clubs of the 2015 Horkheimer Library Telescope Program

Because of the generosity and vision of the Horkheimer Charitable Fund, the Astronomical League presented ten Library Telescopes at ALCon 2015 in Las Cruces. The names of ten clubs, one from each region, were drawn from the thirty-three total entries. These clubs will each receive an Orion 4.5 inch StarBlast Dobsonian Telescope, a Celestron 8-24 mm zoom eyepiece, and a commemorative plate, all to be modified by the respective club as a Library Telescope.
The Astronomical League wishes to thank Orion Telescopes and Celestron for making this program possible.
2015 Horkheimer Library Telescopes:


Northwest Region: Olympic Astronomical Society
Western Region: Temecula Valley Astronomers
MARS: Longmont Astronomical Society
Southwest Region: Houston Astronomical Society
North Central Region: Northern Cross Science Foundation
Mid States Region: Broken Arrow Sidewalk Astronomers
Great Lakes Region: Oakland Astronomy Club
Northeast Region: Amateur Observers' Society of New York
Mid East Region: Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
Southeast Region: Flint River Astronomical Society
More information on the Library Telescope Program can be found at
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What's Up with the Astro League June 2015


Please spread the word immediately to your astronomy club or society.  This issue of “What’s Up With the Astronomical League” is devoted to ALCON 2015, and has some time-sensitive deadlines.

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What's Up Doc? Distribution List


If you would like to be added to automatically receive the monthly What's Up Doc?, please send an email to Aaron Clevenson at

This is a monthly newsletter created by Aaron Clevenson, one of the National Observing Program Directors and the Insperity Observatory in Humble, TX.  It is a listing of many objects that will be visible in the evening sky each month based on the Astronomical League's Observing Programs.  It is primarily oriented towards the introductory level programs.

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Walter Haas 1917-2015


Walter Haas, Founder of the ASLC and ALPO, passed away Monday morning, April 6 at 6:10 am. 

A viewing will be available on Monday, April 13 at Lapaz-Graham Funeral Home, 555 West Amador, Las Cruces from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Services will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 East Boutz, at 10:00 am.

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