Observer Award

Observer Award Coordinator:

Aaron Clevenson
19411 Cluster Oaks Drive
Humble,TX 77346-2918
(281) 852-4667



Welcome to the first step in the Master Observer Progression.  Everyone has to start somewhere, so the Astronomical League assembled this award to recognize those who are embarking on that journey.

This award has two purposes.  For the newcomer to astronomy it provides a starting point.  Many times members ask, "Where do I begin?"  The answer is here!  For the experienced observers, this award identifies a valuable foundation which many of us may have missed b jumping into the hobby with both feet,

Rules and Regulations

The Observer Award will be given to an AL member who has completed the five required observing programs. The observer must complete these four observing programs:

  • Do either the Constellation Hunter – Northern Skies Observing Program or the Constellation Hunter – Southern Skies Observing Program.
  • Do either the Messier Observing Program (Honorary) or the Binocular Messier Observing Program.
  • Do the Lunar Observing Program.
  • Do the Solar System Observing Program.


The observer must also choose and complete any one of the observing programs on this list:

  • The Galileo Observing Program.
  • The Sketching Observing Award.
  • The Sky Puppy Observing Program.
  • The Two in the View Observing Program.
  • The Universe Sampler Observing Program.
  • The Urban Observing Program.

Please note that only the advanced award for the Messier Observing Program is acceptable for an Observer Award. 


Submitting for Certification

Once a member has completed the five observing programs, she or he will be given a certificate and pin. 

The member should contact the coordinator of the Observer Award with information that includes:

  • A list of the awards you have completed.
  • The certificate number.  
  • Your name, as you want it printed on the certificate.
  • Your mailing address.
  • Your telephone number.
  • Your E-mail address.
  • Your club affiliation (If you are a Member-At-Large, please include that information, too).
  • The name and address of the person to whom the award should be sent (Awards Coordinator?).

Once the awards are verified and documented, the Observer certificate will be sent.


Observer Award Coordinator:

Aaron Clevenson
19411 Cluster Oaks Drive
Humble,TX 77346-2918
(281) 852-4667



Master Observer Progression Webpage
Observer Award Webpage
Binocular Master Observer Award Webpage
Master Observer Award Webpage
Advanced Observer Award Webpage
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Master Observer - Gold Award
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