Cliff Mygatt Astronomical League Master Observer
Astronomical League Lunar II & Constellation Hunter programs national coordinator President, Olympic Astronomical Society Bremerton, WA
Orion XT12i Fully flocked with Zambuto Mirror, Protostar quartz secondary and Moonlite CR focuser
Meade 8" LX10 SCT Fully Flocked with Magellan I DSCs
Orion 120mm and William Optics 80mm Refractors Ethos 21mm,17mm,13mm,10mm,8mm,6mm,4.7mm,3.7mm Nagler 31mm and paracorr type 1
Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
Time spent looking at the stars is added to your life Bashful, Misty, and little Ralphie - my heavenly stars
A-P 105 Traveler ~ TEC 140 ED ~ TEC 6 MCT ~ XT10 (Zambuto) A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
Quote:Is it reasonable to complete several lists (and all required documentation) without being a member of either and then joining the AL to obtain the certifications?Or is it preferred to obtain membership with AL and bypass the local club? But doesn't the local astro club have to check the sketches?.
Quote:You may join the Astro League as a "Member at Large" and you do not have to join a club.You can look at all the stars you want to without joining the AL or any club.You MUST be a member of the AL to apply for certification.Cheers,Ron
Quote:Turn off the mount and use it manually, I would think! They all have clutches that can be loosened.
Dr. Willie K. Yee President Mid-Hudson Astronomical Assn. Member RAC, AOSNY, IDA, Astronomers Without Borders, Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project NexStar 50 Expert, Lunar 50 Expert; AL Outreach, Messier, and Sunspotters Awards Commander Prius Class Shuttlecraft Zhang Heng Teeter 13.1" f/4.5 Custom Dob, NexStar8 SE, Meade 80mm f/6 ED Apo, Meade 363 f/10 80 mm, Lunt LS60THa, PST dbl stk
Quote:I am Member at Large and I work on Messier Objects. Not even half way yet and I wondered is there no time to be require all messier objects? I might need 2 or 3 more years to finish it. Always busy, Moon and so many cloudy nights!
Quote:Quote:I am Member at Large and I work on Messier Objects. Not even half way yet and I wondered is there no time to be require all messier objects? I might need 2 or 3 more years to finish it. Always busy, Moon and so many cloudy nights! There is no time limit.
Quote:How would one go about using a GOTO mount without using the capabilities of it (apart from tracking) to complete the Messier Program with star hopping?
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
Dark site scope: Meade 8" f/6 Dob | Weeknight scopes: C9.25/iEQ45M, C102/LXD-75
(I am looking for a 1980s Edmund Scientific 3" f/10 red-tube reflector, PM me if you have or know of one!)
-Tristan Schwartz- Former Resident Astro-Guru, Arizona Museum of Natural History Colorado Springs Astronomical Society Look for my article "Making the Case for Structured Observing," coming to Sky & Telescope in 2014!