Master Observer Progression

Master Observer Progression Coordinator:

Aaron Clevenson
19411 Cluster Oaks Drive
Humble,TX 77346-2918
(281) 852-4667
E-mail: aaron@clevenson.org

Introduction:

The Astronomical League currently sponsors over 50 observing programs that are available to the membership.  They represent the diverse field of astronomy that is accessible to amateur astronomers as well as significant depth in many of those specialties.  The AL has developed a progression related to the Master Observer Award.  Its goal is to:

  • Integrate more of the observing programs.
  • Create a logical progression from newcomers to experts.
  • Make the levels of the Master Observer Progression meaningful, not simply more certifications.
  • Reward and recognize those who are taking on the breadth and depth of the astronomy represented in the AL Observing Programs.

The progression includes these levels:

  • Observer Award
  • Master Observer Award
  • Advanced Observer Award
  • Master Observer - Silver Award
  • Master Observer - Gold Award
  • Master Observer - Platinum Award

First a few details about the Master Observer Award:

  • There will be no change in the requirements or recognition of the Master Observer Award.
  • We plan to continue to give out the plaques when an Master Observer goes to the AL-Con.

We know that many observers are not interested in some specific Observing Programs and Awards.  We also recognize that the necessary equipment or expertise required by some of these programs may not be easily available to all members of the Astronomical League.  We encourage these members to work with other more experienced members of their local astronomy club, perhaps borrow equipment, and try something new.  But the progression is not for everyone, and we know that there may be members who decide not to chase after some of the certifications.  If you are in this category, we are happy that you are a member of the Astronomical League, and we hope there are still many Observing Programs that are of interest to you.  Enjoy!  Clear Skies!

Master Observer Progression Coordinator:

Aaron Clevenson
19411 Cluster Oaks Drive
Humble,TX 77346-2918
(281) 852-4667
E-mail: aaron@clevenson.org

Links to levels in the Master Observer Progression:

Master Observer Progression Webpage
Observer Award Webpage
Master Observer Award Webpage
Advanced Observer Award Webpage

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