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Astronomical League Observing Programs and Master Observer Progression

by Craig Lamison

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The Astronomical League has produced many observing programs and recommended a progression of programs to optimize their value to the observer. The League’s programs cover visual, astrophotography, and scientific observing. This presentation shows how these can benefit you, whether you choose to formally complete programs and follow the progression or not. It explains the progression, provides an overview of how the programs work, gives general guidelines on program requirements and further describes some the programs. These Astronomical League resources are fun and informative, hopefully this presentation will inspire you to take up or continue your observing progression. If you’ve been out at the dark site on a good weekend night, you may have heard some of your fellow HAS members talking about the observing programs they were working on.

Craig Lamison will describe the AL observing programs and how you may participate in them. He will also describe the required and optional observing programs you must complete in order to gain the title of Master Observer.

Our Speaker: A member of HAS since 2013, Craig is a retired subsea and pipeline engineer. An evening star party run by the Austin Astronomical Society inspired him to see what Houston had to offer. He was excited to find HAS had a dark site at which the Milky Way was visible. That had never been true anywhere he had lived. He was further hooked and introduced to observation logging by the TX-45 list developed for HAS by Rene Gedaly.  His current, somewhat long term, astronomical goal is to complete the Astronomical League’s Master Observer program.


This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. To attend, you must register for the meeting. You can do so using the link below. You will receive an email with the details of the meeting and a link that will allow you to join in. 

You only need to register once!

Join us Thursday, June 1st, 2023 at 7:00 pm CDST. See you then!