AL Corner: Musings from the HAS Astronomical League Coordinator

Original article appears in GuideStar June, 2017.

by Doug McCormick
ALCOR_Doug.pngGreetings from your HAS Astronomical League Coordinator (ALCOR), and welcome to the first segment of what I intend to be a regular update on the Astronomical League (AL). In future articles, I’ll be relating news from the League and discussing the various benefits of belonging to a member organization of the AL. In addition, I’ll discuss the Astronomical League Observing Programs and recognize HAS members that have completed them.

If you’ve attended one of our meetings in the last couple of years, you’ve likely heard me say that one of the greatest benefits of league membership is the opportunity to participate in the League’s numerous observing programs. These programs are very popular with the membership and the astronomical community across the country. In future segments, I’m going to reach back and recognize past awardees, but for now, here are the HAS League awards for the first quarter of 2017:

  • Rene Gedaly, Globular Cluster Award (Visual)
  • Stephen Jones, Deep Sky Binocular Club

Congratulations to Rene and Stephen, and my apologies to James King who would have received an award in the first quarter if our communications were better. We can look forward to Jim’s award soon. If you’re going to pursue one of the League programs, be sure to check the requirements for that program on the League’s website, www.astroleague.org, to make sure you get off to a good start. For more information regarding the League, the League Observing Programs or to submit your observations for your award, you can email me at astroleague@astronomyhouston.org. I look forward to hearing from you, and keep turning those eyes and cameras to the sky.

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