There are a number of observing certificates that are available to members that complete the requirements for each particular one. Details are below.
Local Observing Certificates
This certificate is a certificate that is issued locally. There are two levels, and a certificate for each one. Items on the lists have been put together by Ted Bronson. Level I represents very basic targets that will get you started, while level 2 items are a little more difficult. The object lists and requirements for completion can be found at the links below.
For the budding astrophotographer in you, Ed Essex has put together the following two certificates for those of you with cameras.
Explore the Universe Certificate
A challenging program for the new astronomer covering all major astronomical objects including constellations, bright stars, the Moon, Deep Sky Objects, and Double Stars. Suitable for both binoculars and telescopes. Details are here.
Take a stroll through astronomical history as you follow Charles Messier’s 18th century journey through the northern skies. His famous list of 110 “not comets” includes some of the most spectacular objects in the northern hemisphere. Details are here.
Finest NGC Certificate
A somewhat more challenging list for the experienced observer, developed by Sky News Magazine Associate Editor Alan Dyer. The Finest NGC list includes a further 110 objects, mainly from the New General Catalogue. Details are here.
Isabel Williamson Lunar Certificate
The RASC’s lunar observing certificate program. It includes a comprehensive list of the best features visible on the surface of the Moon and detailed observing notes and explanations that will guide you through a complete tour of the amazing surface of our nearest neighbour in space. Details are here.
A lengthy list containing many interesting, plus a few challenging, objects for all observers. The list comprises 154 of David Levys favourites. Details are here.
These 45 objects challenge even experienced observers and require the use of both small wide-field instruments as well as large aperture to complete. Details are here.