Astronomics Sketching Award

Sketching the details of a celestial scene allows the observer to see more and to better understand what he or she sees. In short, it makes one a better observer while making the hobby more satisfying.

This award recognizes the remarkable work of sketchers who patiently depict what appears in the eyepiece.

Today’s sketchers use all types of media, from the standard pencil and paper to electronic drawing, and they sketch all types of celestial scenes from intriguing lunar features to subtly shaded nebula. All are fair game for the sketcher and for the Sketching Award.

While one does not need to be an artist to succeed at sketching, it does take practice. So, why not begin tonight and try your hand at drawing what you see in the eyepiece? For more general information about sketching, please visit the Astronomical League Sketching Observing Award webpage:

Special offer from StarDate Magazine


StarDate now offers a digital, as well as printed, version of its award-winning publication. From now though mid-January, Astronomical League members can receive a very generous discount by using the coupon code GIFT2015 when ordering online. With the discount, rates are: 1 year - $18.00 2 year - $38.00 3 year - $54.00 StarDate (a McDonald Observatory publication, 6 issues per year with print/digital options) Order online at and use the coupon code GIFT2015 on 1-3 year subscription rates.

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Announcement: Master Observer Progression


The Astronomical League is excited to announce the new Master Observer Progression.  No change to the current Master Observer Observing Award, but new levels with new requirements.  There will be something for novices all the way through the most advanced observers.

New to astronomy?  Unsure where to start?  Start with the Observer Award!

Completed your Master Observer?  Wondering What to do next?  There are now new levels to which to aspire:  Advanced Observer Award, Master Observer - Silver Award, Master Observer - Gold Award, and Master Observer - Platinum Award.

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New Open Cluster Coordinator


We have a new Coordinator for the Open Cluster Observing Program.  Cliff Mygatt, one of the National Observing Program Directors, is temporarily coordinating the program.  If you are working on the program and have questions or are ready to submit it, please be sure to check out the webpage for the current information.  (Of course it is a good idea in all observing programs to check the webpages to be sure you know the most current information...)

A big thank you to Benjamin Jones for many years of coordinating the program.

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The White House will host Astronomy Night on October 19


From the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy:

The event will bring together scientists, engineers, and visionaries from astronomy and the space industry to share their experiences with students and teachers as they spend an evening stargazing from the South Lawn. In addition to inspiring students and stargazers from across the country to learn about the newest astronomical discoveries and the technologies that enable us to explore and live in space, we are continuing progress on the President’s call to action to expand access and opportunities for students and adults to participate in the wonders of science and space.


The White House hopes that scientists and amateur astronomers will join in celebrating the White House Astronomy Night by hosting their own events at observatories, schools, planetariums, museums, and astronomy clubs nationwide on October 19.  


Questions? Contact...

Meredith Drosback, the Assistant Director for Education and Physical Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and

Tamara Dickinson, the Principal Assistant Director for Environment and Energy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Complete information:

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