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Messier Observing Program Certificates

Messier Observing Program Certificate Holders of the Von Braun Astronomical Society and Rocket City Astronomical Association.

 

NameProgramLevelAward NumberAward Datesort descendingSociety Name
George Smythe Messier Program 160 1972-01-23 Rocket City Astronomical Association
George Smythe Messier Program honorary 160 1973-09-01 Rocket City Astronomical Association
Thomas F. Butas Messier Program 327 1977-07-11 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Wilhelm Angele Messier Program honorary 564 1983-11-21 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Wilhelm Angele Messier Program 564 1983-11-21 Von Braun Astronomical Society
William R. Henry Messier Program honorary 565 1983-11-21 Von Braun Astronomical Society
William R. Henry Messier Program 565 1983-11-21 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger Messier Program honorary 566 1983-11-21 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger Messier Program 566 1983-11-21 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Rudolph Hermann Messier Program 818 1989-02-26 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Rudolph Hermann Messier Program honorary 818 1989-02-26 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Charles Meegan Messier Program 817 1989-02-26 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Charles Meegan Messier Program honorary 817 1989-02-26 Von Braun Astronomical Society
John Edward Davis Messier Program 866 1989-10-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
John Edward Davis Messier Program honorary 866 1989-10-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
John Arrington Messier Program 865 1989-10-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
John Arrington Messier Program honorary 865 1989-10-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Charles Boley Messier Program 864 1989-10-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Charles Boley Messier Program honorary 864 1989-10-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Donald Larson Messier Program honorary 872 1989-11-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Donald Larson Messier Program 872 1989-11-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Holger Jaenisch Messier Program 914 1990-06-28 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Holger Jaenisch Messier Program honorary 914 1990-06-28 Von Braun Astronomical Society
David Nance Messier Program 913 1990-06-28 Von Braun Astronomical Society
David Nance Messier Program honorary 913 1990-06-28 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Crystal Kitchens Messier Program honorary 942 1990-09-25 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Crystal Kitchens Messier Program 942 1990-09-25 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Steven Sauerwein Messier Program 1030 1992-02-15 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Steven Sauerwein Messier Program honorary 1030 1992-02-15 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Dennis Culver Messier Program honorary 1040 1992-03-14 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Dennis Culver Messier Program 1040 1992-03-14 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Larry Tarr Messier Program honorary 1113 1993-03-07 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Larry Tarr Messier Program 1113 1993-03-07 Von Braun Astronomical Society
James Ballard Messier Program 1138 1993-06-09 Von Braun Astronomical Society
James Ballard Messier Program honorary 1138 1993-06-09 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Brian Guckenberger Messier Program honorary 1197 1994-03-20 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Brian Guckenberger Messier Program 1197 1994-03-20 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Robert Woolley Messier Program honorary 1323 1995-06-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Robert Woolley Messier Program 1323 1995-06-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Scott McCluney Messier Program 1382 1996-03-17 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Scott McCluney Messier Program honorary 1382 1996-03-17 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Charles Odonnell Messier Program 1572 1998-03-22 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Charles Odonnell Messier Program honorary 1572 1998-03-22 Von Braun Astronomical Society
John Miele Messier Program 1571 1998-03-22 Von Braun Astronomical Society
John Miele Messier Program honorary 1571 1998-03-22 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Donald McCluney Messier Program 1570 1998-03-22 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Donald McCluney Messier Program honorary 1570 1998-03-22 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Benjamin N. Boyd Messier Program honorary 2276 2006-04-18 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Benjamin N. Boyd Messier Program 2276 2006-04-18 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Jeff Delmas Messier Program 2363 2007-07-18 Von Braun Astronomical Society
John Young Messier Program honorary 2398 2008-02-28 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Tom Burleson Sr Messier Program honorary 2455 2009-03-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society
Fred Leslie Messier Program honorary 2653 2013-12-30 Von Braun Astronomical Society

For information on the Astronomical League's Messier Observing Program please follow this link: http://www.astroleague.org/al/obsclubs/messier/mess.html

 

Historical Audio Recording

Thanks to  Michael Ferdie, son of Ronald Ferdie one of the early members of the RCAA, we have been gifted with the original audio records from the dedication of the Observatory. You can hear the voices of the founding members and Dr. Wernher von Braun in these historical records from  October 1958 that Michael has restored for us from Los Angeles (CA). We thank Michael and his family for these priceless memories.

Visit the VBAS FTP server (menu on your left) and go to the Historical Records / Audio Records section to download the files in MP3 or WAV format. You can also have a glimpse at the hard work that Michael had to do in order to restore the recording. Thank you Michael!

 

Dr. Stuhlinger Commentary - 1979

ASTRONOMY HAS ALWAYS occupied a place of distinction among the intellectual pursuits of man. Not only is it the oldest and purest of all sciences; it is also that science which is able, more than any other science, to give its followers a realistic feeling for man’s place in the universe. Its objects, visible and present in spite of their remoteness and mystery, have fascinated mankind for thousands of years. Although professional astronomy requires highly specialized knowledge as well as very complex and costly instrumentation, the beauty and excitement of astronomical observations can be enjoyed by amateurs of very diverse backgrounds. Indeed, hardly any other science has as many dedicated active and knowledgeable amateur followers as the science of astronomy. Many of the great astronomical discoveries of the past were made by amateurs. Even today, most new comets are first found by amateurs, and those projects which require careful, patient observations over long periods of time, such as variable star studies, often receive substantial support from amateur astronomers. Even though many of the amateurs do not engage in systematic observations of specific objects, they still build or at least modify their own instruments, and they spend many enjoyable hours looking at the craters of the moon, the rings of Saturn, the pale crescent of Venus, the satellites of Jupiter, the great nebula in Orion, the Andromeda galaxy, the sparkling clusters in Perseus, the ring nebula in Lyra, or just the myriads of stars in the Milky Way.

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