Constellation Hunter Club Introduction

<h4>Constellation Hunter Club Chair:</h4>

<p>Aaron B. Clevenson<br />
19411 Cluster Oaks Drive<br />
Humble, TX 77346-2918<br />
(281) 852-4667<br />
E-mail: <a href="mailto:aaron@clevenson.org">aaron@clevenson.org</a></p>

<h4>Introduction</h4>

<p><img alt="Constellation Hunter Northern Skies Logo" src="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const_northern.gif" style="height:135px; width:140px" />Welcome to the Astronomical League's Constellation Hunter Club. The Constellation Hunter Club has two certifications and pins: The Northern Skies and the Southern Skies. The purpose of these programs is to provide an orientation to the sky for novice astronomers. They require no special equipment (other than a planisphere and a reference for the brighter star names), and no&nbsp; <img alt="Constellation Hunter Southern Skies Logo" src="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const_southern.gif" style="float:right; height:135px; width:140px" /> prior knowledge. The objective is to provide a forum for the novice observer to become more familiar with the constellations and brighter stars, to begin to learn to navigate among the stars, and to provide a solid foundation for moving on to other observation programs such as the Messier Club.</p>

<h4>Rules and Regulations</h4>

<p>To qualify for the AL's Constellation Hunter Certificates and pins, you need only be a member of the Astronomical League, either through an affiliated club or as a Member-at-Large, and observe and sketch all of the constellations on the included on the checklist that you are pursuing. No equipment is required other than a planisphere and reference information of the names of major stars and constellation boundaries. Binoculars, while not required, will give you a deeper look into the star fields that you sketch. You should not include these additional stars and objects on your sketches, but the view will give you an appreciation for all of the things that await you in the other Astronomical League Certification Programs. You should proceed constellation by constellation. For each constellation, you need to provide this data:</p>

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<li>Local date and time.</li>
<li>Latitude and Longitude of observation.</li>
<li>Constellation name.</li>
<li>Sky conditions: transparency, and seeing.</li>
<li>A sketch of all stars that were visible to the unaided eye, out to the limits of the constellation's boundary. Named stars should be identified on the sketch.</li>
<li>The sketch should include other objects that are visible within the boundaries of the constellation, including but not limited to: galaxies, open clusters, globular clusters, and nebulas.
<p>You must be a member of the Astronomical League to receive these certificates. If you are not a member now, click <a href="/al/general/aboutal.html">here</a> to view information on membership in our organization.</p>

<p>To receive your Constellation Hunter Certificate and either a <a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/NconstPin.html">Northern Constellation Award Pin</a> or a <a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/SconstPin.html">Southern Constellation Award Pin</a>, simply send your sketches along with your name, address, phone number, and society affiliation, either to your society's Awards Co-ordinator for verification, or to:<br />
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Aaron B. Clevenson<br />
19411 Cluster Oaks Drive<br />
Humble, TX 77346-2918<br />
(281) 852-4667<br />
E-mail: <a href="mailto:aaron@clevenson.org">aaron@clevenson.org</a><br />
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Upon verification of your observations, your certificate and pin will be forwarded either to you or your society's Awards Co-ordinator, whomever you choose.</p>

<p>For information on which constellations to study and sketch, read the <a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const3.html">Constellation Hunter Northern Skies Observing Checklist</a> or the <a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const4.html">Constellation Hunter Southern Skies Observing Checklist </a>.</p>
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<h3>Related Links</h3>

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<p>Printable Version of this Page<br />
<a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const_print.html">Web Page Text Only Format</a><br />
<a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const_print.pdf">PDF File Format</a></p>

<p>Other Constellation Hunter Club Links<br />
<a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const3.html">Constellation Hunter Northern Skies Club Observing Checklist</a><br />
<a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const4.html">Constellation Hunter Southern Skies Club Observing Checklist</a><br />
<a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const1.html">Constellation Hunter Northern Skies Club Awards</a><br />
<a href="/al/obsclubs/consthunt/const2.html">Constellation Hunter Southern Skies Club Awards</a></p>

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<p>Astronomical League National Headquarters<br />
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Kansas City, MO&nbsp; 64114<br />
ALOffice@earthlink.net<br />
1-816-333-7759<br />
<a href="/">www.astroleague.org</a></p>

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