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Astronomical League Award Recipients

The Astronomical League, of which the Barnard Astronomical Society is a member, provides observing club awards to members to recognize their achievements. The following awards/pins have been awarded to BAS members.

Messier Club

The Messier Club pin is awarded to members who have observed at least 70 and in many cases all 110 Messier Objects, recorded their observations and then submitted their records for review. More information can be found here.

  • Kevin Berry - 9/23/69 - Certificate # 91
  • William G. Swafford, Jr. - 9/23/69 - Certificate # 92
  • Bobby J. Thompson - 9/23/69 - Certificate # 93
  • Floyd Cheek  - 5/9/70 - Certificate # 107
  • Don Simmons - 10/18/76 - Certificate # 289 - honorary
  • Rob Suggs - 10/18/76 - Certificate # 290 - honorary
  • Robert Anderson Jr. - 10/18/76 - Certificate # 291
  • F. Randolph Helms - 10/18/76 - Certificate # 292
  • George R. Bell - 11/7/95 - Certificate # 1354 - honorary
  • Edward Sunder - 5/16/12 - Certificate # 2587 - honorary

Binocular Messier Club

The Messier Club pin is awarded to members who have observed at least 50 or more of the 110 Messier Objects with binoculars, recorded their observations and then submitted their records for review. More information can be found here.

  • George R. Bell - 10/17/95 - Certificate # 215

Deep Sky Binocular Club

The Deep Sky Binocular Club pin is awarded to members who have observed a list of 60 deep sky objects with binoculars. More information can be found here.

  • George R. Bell - 3/25/96 - Cetificate # 47

Lunar Club

The Lunar Club pin is awarded to members who have observed at least 100 features on the Moon. More information can be found here.

  • George R. Bell - 8/29/97 - Certificate # 72
  • Jeffery S. Goswick - 12/25/07 - Certificate # 590

Note: If you are a member of the BAS, have qualified for an award, are not listed here and would like to be, please let us know through the contact form.

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