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The Astronomical League Observing Awards - Many RCA Members have accomplished Observing Awards -  see them HERE!
The Astronomical League Observing Programs offer encouragement and certificates of accomplishment for demonstrating observing skills with a variety of instruments and objects.

Each Program offers a certificate based upon achieving certain observing goals and a beautiful award pin. These are usually in the form of a specific number of objects of a specific group with a given type of instrument. Occasionally there are multiple levels of accomplishment within the Program. There is no time limit for completing the required observing, but good record keeping is required.

Many RCA Members have accomplished Observing Program Awards - see them HERE!

Astronomical League Observing Program information and requirements

The Astronomical League Award
Presented to any person, either amateur or professional, who has made worthwhile contributions to the science of astronomy on a national or international level. Nomination must be made in writing to the Executive Secretary and contain the affiliation with the League (if any), and the reasons the person should be considered for the award.

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G.R. "Bob" Wright Service Award
This award honors current or past League volunteers for service to the Astronomical League.

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The Leslie C. Peltier Award
This award is presented to an amateur astronomer who contributed to astronomical observations of lasting importance.

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National Young Astronomer Program Award
This award recognizes outstanding work, by amateur astronomers of high school age, in areas of research, public education, academic scholarship in astronomy or science, observing, imaging, telescope or equipment design or construction, publications and writing, local Program activities, and regional and national organizational activities.
In 2012, RCA Youth Member Brian Graham won 3rd Place.

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Jack Horkheimer Award
This award is presented to a League member under the age of 19 for outstanding service to the League or League member societies.
In 2008, RCA Youth Member Christina Lee won 1st Place.

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Jack Horkheimer/O'Meara Journalism Award
This award is presented to a League member between the ages of 8 and 14 for an outstanding scientific essay.
In 2014, RCA Youth Member Grant Elpel won 1st Place.

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Mabel Sterns Award
This award is presented to the outstanding editing of a League-society newsletter. Newsletter from League-member institutions, such as planetariums, museums and event boards, are not eligible.
In 2007, RCA Gazette Editor Larry Deal won 1st Place.

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Special Award
From time to time the Astronomical League presents special awards to people who have contributed greatly to astronomy and/or the League, but do not fall into any of the other award categories. The special awards are generally administered by the President. No deadline specified.

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Webmaster Award
The purpose of this award is to acknowledge the Program Webmaster who does an outstanding job of Website design and administration.
In 2003, RCA Webmaster Dareth Murray won 3rd Place.

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