When not writing, I observe the universe.
I have recently received my Astronomical League Master Observer’s Certificate!
The Astronomical League is a fantastic organization! If you’re looking for a LOT of FREE information, the League happily provides observing goals, and quick-reference guides to celestial objects at many levels of observing difficulty.
It’s hard to believe that I have been observing the heavens with a variety of telescopes since mid-1972! Over the years, I have moved from small refractors all the way up to a terrific 18-inch Obsession “light bucket.” Even though my observing schedule is usually self-directed, these programs have helped me maintain enthusiasm for the night sky while continuing to build my observational skills.
The Master Observer Award required completion of five core project areas. I then had to choose five more observing programs to qualify for the Master Observer Award. Being a total geek, I completed six:
- Messier Observing Program 110 observations & sketches
- Binocular Messier Program110 observations & sketches
- Lunar Observing Program100 observations & sketches
- Double Star Observing Program 100 observations & sketches
- Herschel 400 Observing Program 400 observations & sketches
- Hydrogen Alpha Program 80 observations & sketches
- Sun Spotters Program 25 observations & sketches
- Globular Cluster Program 50 observations & sketches
- Caldwell Program 76 observations & sketches
- Urban Program 100 observations & sketches
- Outreach Program 160 hours of evening & nighttime public-service
It’s been a thrill, and I’m still working on three other observing programs! If you would like to know more, the Astronomical League has a terrific website at https://www.astroleague.org. Such fun!