Globular Cluster Observing Program for Imagers!


The Astronomical League's Observing Program Team is excited to announce that an option has been added to the Globular Cluster Observing Program to accept submissions done by imagers.  There is now a certificate for Imaging as well as Visual Observing.  Both certificates can be earned, but only one pin will be issued.

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Help the one organization dedicated to protecting dark skies



Bob Gent Past president, International Dark-Sky Association; Past president, Astronomical League


Do you enjoy a beautiful night sky? Well of course you do, or you wouldn't be receiving a copy of this magazine. Have you ever spent money on our hobby? I am guessing the answer is yes. In my case, I have built an observatory, and I have bought a lot of telescopes and other astronomical equipment. The point is that many of us spend a lot on astronomy.

If we are spending money on astronomy, then shouldn't we also be helping the one organization that protects our night sky? There is only one organization totally dedicated to night sky protection. That's the International Dark-Sky Association.

Of the many thousands of people who are amateur astronomers, how many are members of the International Dark-Sky Association? This is the really shocking answer: very few, perhaps less than a few hundred. Do you find this distressing? Well, I for one find it unbelievable and profoundly disappointing.

We are all facing a global emergency. It's the explosion of bad LED lighting. These are high glare and overly bright street lights, parking lot lights, and a rapid installation of thousands of new LED signs and billboards. Many do not comply with IDA's newly updated Fixture Seal of Approval program. Thank goodness, IDA is leading the charge to help us.

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The Astronomical League's Horkheimer Youth Awards 2016 — Prepare Now!


Wouldn't it be great to be young again and to be entering amateur astronomy! Now is 
the time to start considering the Astronomical League's Horkheimer Youth awards for 
2016: the two Jack Horkheimer Youth Service Awards, the Horkheimer/Parker Youth 
Imaging Award, and the Horkheimer/O’Meara Journalism Award.
• If you know a League member, 18 years or younger, who has brought amateur 
astronomy to your club or to the public through outreach, presentations, writing, or 
observing, please consider nominating that person for one of the two Horkheimer 
Service Awards. (Horkheimer/Smith Award - $1750 plus an expense paid trip to ALCon 
2016, Horkheimer/D’Auria Award - $1000.)  
• If you know a League member, 18 years or younger, who has captured a great 
celestial image since last April, please consider nominating that person for the 
Horkheimer/Parker Youth Imaging Award. (1st place - $1000, 2nd place - $500, and 3rd 
place - $250)
• One of these awards is more specialized than the others — the Horheimer/O'Meara 
Journalism Award. It requires a person who is 8 to 14 years of age to compose a 300 to 
500 word essay on any science related topic. (1st place - $1000, 2nd place - $500, 3rd 
place - $250.)
Since the deadline for the Horkheimer Awards is March 31, 2016, now is the time for 
potential candidates to work on their projects and to participate in various astronomy 
If you are a club officer, nominate them. If you don't, no one else will! Complete 
information about each award can be found at

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Field of View


Influence the Future

One particular clear night years ago, you likely gazed at the heavenly realm and, although you may not have realized it at the time, it changed your life. Perhaps you were a teenager who visited a public event hosted by the local astronomy club. After standing expectantly in line, you peered for the first time through a telescope at M42, with its stellar sprinklings embedded throughout its wispy regions, and its four closely packed Trapezium stars shining in the central glow, sharply bordered by dark nebulae. What a marvelous sight for a young person to encounter!

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Nominations are open for two awards offered by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific


Do you know of qualified candidates? Please step forward, as they 
cannot nominate themselves!

1. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Amateur Achievement Award
The Amateur Achievement Award of the ASP, given yearly since 1979, is designed to 
recognize significant contributions to astronomy or amateur astronomy by those not 
employed in the field of astronomy in a professional capacity.

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