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The Earth’s Moon is the most conspicuous natural object that can be seen day and night. It is often taken for granted, yet it yields a plethora of beautiful and fascinating landscape for the curious and the patient. BRAS’ Moonwatcher’s Certificate is tailored for those who are interested in learning the major, basic features of the near side of Moon.
Pursuit of the Moonwatcher’s Certificate is recommended for those aged fourteen and older.
Rules and Regulations
To qualify for BRAS’ Moonwatcher’s Certificate, you must be a BRAS member. The observing list consists of—
You must obtain forty of the forty-six possible points to earn the Certificate.
The Features and Exercises
The checklist is divided into unaided and binocular features. Both section lists features roughly in order of longitude from east to west. A separate checklist grid allows entries for date, time and (for binocular features) magnification. There are also separate worksheets for each of the three exercises.
Unaided [1 PT. EACH]
Binocular [1 PT. EACH]
Exercises [2 PTS. EACH]
*Without consulting an outside source, estimate Full Moon within thirty-six hours.
NOTE: Although knowledge of lunar features’ Latin names is not necessary for this certificate, many maps and other reference resources utilize them. Also, the Astronomical League’ Lunar Club checklist utilizes the Latin names.
The Astronomical League Lunar Club Certificate
Membership in BRAS includes membership in the Astronomical League, a national “umbrella” association of amateur astronomers. The AL’s Lunar Club entails an extended, more intense list of features and exercises. To acquire the Lunar Club Certificate you must be a BRAS member. In addition to the features and exercises listed for the Moonwatcher’s Certificate, the Lunar Club list includes four unaided-eye views of the Moon during certain phases, four unaided-eye “illusions”, sixteen additional binocular features, thirty-six telescopic features and seven additional two-point exercises. You must obtain 100 of the 120 possible points to earn the AL’s Lunar Club Certificate. The forty to forty-six points earned for the Moonwatcher’s Certificate apply toward the Lunar Club Certificate. Details are at <www.astroleague.org>.
Updated on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 04:28 PM.