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Announcing a new certificate from the Astronomical League: Astronomy Before the Telescope
Published on: 12/28/2018
The purpose of this new certificate is to provide an opportunity to examine some of the early instruments that provide information for both our daily lives and our astronomical observing. Since this program is based on astronomy before the invention of telescopes no optics will be used.  You will be making naked eye observations with home made tools. Fourteen activities to be completed.
Guides to Astronomy
Published on: 12/28/2018
At Alcon 2018, Carl Wenning, a member of the North Central Region of the Astronomical League (NCRAL) presented a report in which it was stated that "The Region is adopting and adapting several TCAA Guides to Amateur Astronomy written by members of the Twin City Amateur Astronomers (Bloomington-Normal, IL) for affiliate use and public dissemination. Guides can be modified with the NCRAL affiliates’ names, logos, contact information, introduction, etc. All guides named below can be accessed at the following URL: and editable templates will eventually find their way to the Region’s website.

1. Introduction to Amateur Astronomy
2. Membership and Benefits
3. Astronomy as a Hobby
4. The Art of Sky Interpretation
5. Coordinating Observing Sessions
6. Have a Successful Observing Session
7. Buying Binoculars and Telescopes
8. Optimizing Observations of Deep Space Objects
9. Introductory Astrophotography &am