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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The Astronomical League is giving away up to ten Library Telescopes!


Through  the  vision  of  the  Horkheimer  Charitable  Fund,  the  Astronomical  League  is offering a free Library Telescope to a lucky Astronomical League club  in each of the ten AL regions. The Library Telescope consists of an Orion 4.5 inch StarBlast Dobsonian (or equivalent) and a  Celestron 8-24 mm zoom eyepiece (or equivalent), and a name plate commemorating   the   late   Jack   Horkheimer.   The   value   of   this   opportunity  is approximately $300; the potential of the program is enormous.

The  Library  Telescope  Program  was  initiated  by  the  New  Hampshire  Astronomical Society.  Clubs  donate  an  easy-to-use,  portable  telescope  with  quality  optics  and  a sturdy mount to their  local  library. Patrons can then  check  it out as they do books. Full details of this  wonderful  program can be found at

The  winning  entry for  each  region  will  be drawn  at  the  annual  Astronomical  League Business meeting held at ALCon  in  Las  Cruces on  about  July 11.  Only one club per region will win for a total of ten telescope–eyepiece combinations being presented. The telescope,  eyepiece,  and  accompanying  commemorative  plate  will  be  mailed  to  the winning clubs in the two weeks following ALCon.

By entering  the  drawing  for  the telescope,  the club agrees to modify the telescope and zoom eyepiece, and  have  the  telescope  library-ready  within  three months  of  receipt.  The Astronomical  League  would like  a  photograph  of  the  modified  telescope  being presented  to  the  library.   It   may  be  used  in  the Reflector   and   may   be   used   at   some   point   as promotional material.

Submit  the  completed  entry  form  to so  that  the Astronomical  League  national  office  receives  it by  July  1,  2015.  If  mailed,  the  entry  should  be postmarked no later than July 1, 2015.

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