EAAA Point Totals for Levels II-V
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 Keep logs of these activities and observations--one will be turned in for credit.

Activities and Observations Worth One Point:

constellation identification; naming individual stars (limit of 50 stars); naked eye planet observation; rough sketches of lunar phases (1 per night, up to 20 sketches); observing and plotting the path in the sky of a satellite or meteor; memorizing and being able to identify each letter of the Greek alphabet (1 point per letter, plus a 10-point bonus when the entire alphabet is mastered); plotting sunspots daily (up to 14 points for a rotation cycle); observing and logging individual deep sky objects from the Messier, Herschel, IC, NGC, and other recognized lists; each ALPO (Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers) transit timing for planets; each AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers) variable star estimate; identification and logging of of named lunar features (up to 200 features); plots of Jupiter's and Saturn's moons on a nightly basis (up to 10 points per planet), ALPO disk drawings of any planet or comet; the resolution and logging of binary stars; each IOTA (International Occultation Timing Association) occultation timing; each individual (unguided by mechanical means) photo or slide of: constellations, planetary groupings, meteors, bright comets, and diurnal motion as observed in all four directions; and, any smaller projects approved by the club

Activities and Observations Worth Five Points:

initial recovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto with binoculars or telescopes and finder charts; individual observation of asteroids or deep space comets; each photo or slide of sunspots, telescopic lunar features, eclipses of the sun or moon, telescopic planetary details, or comets or asteroids; guided time exposures of deep sky objects; each time assistance is given at an EAAA public stargaze event, such as Astronomy Day or the summertime Sky Interpretation Sessions at Ft. Pickens; learning to properly align an equatorial mount; learning to balance a mount properly; learning to collimate a reflector; and learning to align a finder scope

Activities and Observations worth Ten Points:

purchasing your own new set of binoculars or a commercial telescope; each astronomical computer program that you acquire and learn to use (Skyglobe, ECU, AstroLab, Red Shift, Dance of the Planets, Sky Map, et cetera); learning to log onto an astronomy bulletin board, or other specialized astronomically related forum, network, or an astronomical INTERNET site; building your own Scotch (Haig) Mount, copier scope, finder scope, eyepiece, or dobsonian mount; organizing and leading your own stargaze (required for Level III); submitting photos, articles or drawings for publication in The Meteor or New Horizons; and serve as an officer in the club for one year

Activities and Observations worth Twenty Points:

join the AAVSO, ALPO, IOTA, or other such research oriented organization as an individual member for a year, actively participating in their observation programs (required for Level IV); build your own telescope from commercial parts; present the program at one of the EAAA meetings; an extra 20 points is yours as a bonus when you complete any Astronomical League Observing Program or the solar system grand tour (all nine planets, six moons, a comet and an asteroid)

Activities and Observations worth Fifty Points:

building your own reflector from "scratch" (grinding your own mirror); presenting a paper at a regional or national astronomical meeting such as ALCON (Astronomical League Convention), SERAL (Southeast Region of the Astronomical League convention); the Riverside Telescope Conference, the Texas Star Party, the Deep South Regional Conference, the Winter Star Party, et cetera); publication of a photo or article in a nationally distributed astronomical publication (required for Level V); holding an office in either the regional (SERAL), or national Astronomical League

Activities and Observations worth One Hundred Points:

Discovery or co-discovery of a nova, supernova, asteroid, or comet, as recognized by the IAU (International Astronomical Union).


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