Observing Awards - ASSA Deep Sky Observing Section

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The Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, on behalf of the Deep Sky Observing Section, issues Observing Certificates to acknowledge worthwhile contributions to the Section's work.

Anyone is welcome to nominate individuals for these awards. The final decision on eligibility of the nominees rests with the Section Director.

As of the latest AGM of the Society (2008/2009), 14 awards have been issued to members of the Section.

Award recipients (20032009)

Table 1. Recipients of Deep Sky Awards & Certificates

YearRecipientCitation
 
 
2009Richard FordMerit Award for deep sky observations submitted during 2008.
2009Gary LillisMerit Award for deep sky observations submitted in June 2008.
2009Lucas FerreiraMerit Award for deep sky photographs submitted during 2008.
2009Dany DuprezMerit Award for deep sky photographs submitted during 2008.
2009Kos CoronaiosMerit Award for deep sky photographs submitted during 2008.
2008Richard FordGeneral Observer's Award, for continued observations throughout the year submitted to the ASSA Deep Sky Section.
2008Carol BothaGeneral Observer's Award, for continued observations throughout the year submitted to the ASSA Deep Sky Section.
2008Gary LillisGeneral Observer's Award, for continued observations throughout the year submitted to the ASSA Deep Sky Section.
2005Magda StreicherDirector's Award, for her ongoing, independent observing project to record and sketch uncatalogued asterisms, initiated in 2003 April.
2004Magda StreicherGeneral Observer's Certificate, for detailed observation of the entire Hogg open cluster catalogue.
2004Gerrit PenningGeneral Observer's Certificate, for observations and careful sketches of selected deep-sky objects, made with the 8-inch and 13-inch refractors at Boyden Observatory.
2004Ronel du PreezGeneral Observer's Certificate, for a first report of binocular observations of bright deep-sky objects.
2003Magda StreicherDirector's Award, for detailed observation of the entire Jack Bennett Catalogue of southern comet-like deep-sky objects.
2003Tony JonesGeneral Observer's Certificate, for a set of observations of deep-sky objects discovered by James Dunlop.
 

Award criteria

"News Note" published in Monthly Notes of the Astron. Soc. Southern Africa, Vol. 59, p. 50 (2000)

"Observers who report their observations may be rewarded for their efforts by being awarded a certificate by the Director of the relevant Observing Section.
The member (of either the Society or one of the Centres) reporting the observations has to meet the following requirements to qualify for a certificate:

1. General observer's certificate
Awarded to members reporting observations made during at least three observing sessions. The award will be made at the recipient's local Centre AGM if possible.

2. Director's Award certificate
Awarded to members making and reporting observations considered worthy of an advanced certificate of merit. The criteria are to be left to the discretion of the Section Director, but could include dedication, persistence despite physical disability, quantity, quality, value, uniqueness, and so on. This certificate may be awarded more than once to a member provided it is for a different reason each time. Council is to be informed of all recipients and their names will be published in MNASSA.

3. President's Award certificate
Awarded by Council acting upon written motivations made by the Section Director to a member making really exceptional multiple observations. The Section Director will write the citation to go with the award, which is to be presented at the Society's AGM. The names of all recipients will be published in MNASSA and the annual SkyGuide.

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