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Club members are able to participate in the AL observing programs and RAC observing programs described below.

AL Observing Programs

The Astronomical League offers several interesting observing programs. The available observing programs cover a wide range of interests and skill levels providing something for everyone. Club members can participate in any of the Astronomical League observing programs.


Several members have received awards from the Astronomical League. If you'd like to know more about these awards or the others offered by the Astronomical League, visit the Astronomical League Observing Clubs web page.

Once you have completed the requirements for a program, submit your material to the Club's Astronomical League Correspondent at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

AL Program Award Recipients
Arp Peculiar Galaxies Dean H
Binocular Messier Phyllis L, Dean H, Ian H, Chris E, Brian R, Chris W
Caldwell Dean H, Chris E, Ian H
Comet Observer Chris W
Constellation (Northern) Susan H, Brian R
Deep-Sky Binocular Chris E, Dean H, Brian R
Double Star Dean H, Ian H
Galaxy Groups & Clusters Dean H
Globular Cluster Dean H
Herschel 400 Jim A, Mark L, Jeff P, Chris E, Dean H, Carl M, Ian H, Doug L
Herschel II Jim A, Dean H
Honorary Messier Doug L, Chris W, Mark L, Jeff B, Jeff P, John R, Chris E, Jim A, Ian H, Dean H, Brian R
Lunar Doug L, Ian H, Dean H, Chris E
Master Observer Dean H
Open Cluster Dean H
Planetary Nebulae Dean H
Planetary Observers Ian H, Dean H
Universe Sampler Dean H, Sue H

RAC Observing Programs

RAC has its own observing programs that club members can work on and then submit their results for an award.

Each RAC observing programs is described in detail in the documents below, including the observing and submission requirements. Once you have completed the requirements for a program, submit your material to the RAC Observing Club Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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RAC Program Award Recipients
Globular Cluster Club
Globular Cluster Log
Globular Clusters
30 globular clusters in the sky
Chris W
Lunar 100 Club
Lunar 100
100 interesting features of the moon
Al H
Planetary Moon Club
Planetary Moon
Interesting moons of the planets
Planets Club
Planets
Planets of our solar system
Dean H
SAA 100 Club
SAA 100
100 of the most favorite deep-sky objects
Ian H, Chris W

Star Trek Observing List

Star Trek Observing List
A list of 38 Deep Space objects mentioned in the
various Star Trek TV episodes and movies
Courtesy of Clara Scattolin, more info >> HERE

Observers may also be interested in the lists of Messier objects below during a Messier Marathon, or any time during the year. Each list contains the Messier objects visible in the evening sky during that particular season.

Seasonal Messier Lists
Winter Messier List
Winter Messier List
Messier objects visible in the evening during the winter
Spring Messier List
Spring Messier List
Messier objects visible in the evening during the spring
Summer Messier List
Summer Messier List
Messier objects visible in the evening during the summer
Fall Messier List
Fall Messier List
Messier objects visible in the evening during the fall

If you have an idea for a new observing challenge for Club members, contact the RAC Observing Club Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or a club officer to discuss your idea.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 21:42