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 https://stardate.org/store/subscribe 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

at AstronomyNight@ostp.gov.

Complete information:


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Notification of digital edition of Reflector magazine completed


Announcement of the digital edition of the September 2015 Reflector was completed Sept. 7 at 9:35 pm MDT. It appears to have went well -- nothing crashed at least. 

If you did not receive a notice and you are a member of an affiliated club or a Member-at-Large send me an email  webmaster@astroleague.org . Let me know your local club name (or MAL) and first and last name and a correct email. I'll see that your info is corrected.  Due to the number emails I'm getting it may take a while. However, I will answer all emails.

In reading my announcement note, you may have gotten the impression that the Reflector will be switching to a digital only version in the near future. I apologize for giving that impression.

The Astronomical League has no plans to drop the paper edition at the  present time. In order to be more environmentally friendly, increase access to our readers, and to reduce costs, the AL is offering both a digital and paper option.  Over time, a growing percentage of people will prefer a digital format and we are making that option available now.  The cost savings will enable the AL to expand its programs and offer additional benefits to its membership  


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