Master Imager Award

Master Imager Award Coordinator:

David Whalen
1828 East Gate Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(404) 505-4208


The Astronomical League has members who observe the sky visually but also, in growing numbers, as imagers.  The Master Imager Award was created to recognize those members who prefer to study the sky by taking images.  Its intent is to challenge these observers to improve their imaging skills and to seek out new and different objects.

Requirements and Rules  

The Master Imager Award will be given to an AL member who has completed 10 Observing Programs through Imaging,

    1. Lunar (pick one)
          • Lunar Observing Program – Imaging certification
          • Lunar II Observing Program – Imaging certification
          • Lunar Evolution Observing Program – Imaging certification


    2. Solar (pick one)
          • Sunspotter Observing Program – Imaging certification
          • Hydrogen-Alpha Solar Observing Program – Imaging certification


    3. Solar System Main Bodies (pick one)
        • Solar System Observing Program – Imaging certification
        • Mars Observing Program – Imaging certification


  • Any one of the Deep Space Object Observing Programs – imaging certification:
        • Active Galactic Nuclei Observing Program
        • Arp Peculiar Galaxy – Northern Observing Program
        • Arp Peculiar Galaxy – Southern Observing Program
        • Bright Nebula Observing Program (advanced)
        • Dark Nebula Observing Program
        • Flat Galaxy Observing Program (honorary)
        • Globular Cluster Observing Program
        • Local Galaxy Group and Galactic Neighborhood Observing Program
        • Open Cluster Observing Program
        • Planetary Nebula Observing Program (advanced)


  • Scientific Studies (pick one)
    • Nova Observing Program – Imaging certification
    • Occultation Observing Program – Imaging certification
    • Spectroscopy Observing Program – Imaging certification
    • Target NEO (advanced) Observing Program – Imaging certification
    • Variable Star Observing Program – Imaging certification


The other five can be any additional Observing Programs done through imaging. (This is indicated in the quick view requirements grid on the Program’s web page.)
Additional Observing Programs may be added over time. Once a member has completed ten of the Observing Programs through imaging, she or he will be awarded a certificate and pin.

Submitting for Certification

The member should contact the Coordinator of the Master Imager Awards with information that includes:

  • A list of the Imaging Observing Programs you have completed.
  • The certificate numbers.
  • 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).

Once the certifications are verified and documented, the Master Imager certificate and pin will be sent to you or to the awards coordinator for your astronomy club (please provide contact information).

Master Imager Award Coordinator:

David Whalen
1828 East Gate Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(404) 505-4208


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