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Observer Awards—2006

AAVSO 95th Spring Meeting, Rockford, Illinois, May 6, 2006

Award/recipient            Affiliation* Country          Interval   Total

Over 200,000 Observations (visual only)
  Wayne M. Lowder                       USA              1949–2005  209,439

Obserer Awards—2007

AAVSO 96th Spring Meeting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 1, 2007

Award/recipient            Affiliation* Country          Interval   Total

Over 150,000 Visual Observations*
  Gerald P. Dyck                        USA              1978–2006  152,754

Observer Awards—2008

Observer Awards—2008

AAVSO 97th Spring Meeting, Cambridge, England, April 13, 2008

  Award/recipient         Affiliation*  Country          Interval     Total

Over 250,000 Visual Observations*
  Albert F. Jones                   14  New Zealand      1960-2007    277,351

Over 200,000 Visual Observations*

25 Year Members

Congratulations and thank you to the following AAVSO members for having been members for over 25 years, as of the AAVSO's 101st Annual Meeting in November 2012 or later!  We greatly appreciate your lasting support.

Digitizer Awards

The American Association of Variable Star Observers proudly recognizes the following persons for their invaluable contributions of digitized historical variable star observation to the AAVSO International Database.

Presented at the 104th Annual Meeting of the AAVSO, Woburn, Massachusetts, November 14, 2015

10,000 observations digitized

Christian Froeschlin

15,000 observations digitized

Bruno Billiaert

100,000 observations digitized

Kevin Paxson

Observer Awards—2012

AAVSO 101st Spring Meeting, Big Bear, California, May 22-24, 2012

Award/Recipient     Affiliation* Country       Interval    Total

Over 200,000 Visual Observations*
  Rod Stubbings              14  Australia     1997-2011   200,709
  John Bortle                    USA           1963-2011   200,000

Observer Awards—2011

AAVSO 100th Spring Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, May 21-26, 2011

    Award/recipient               Affiliation*  Country       Interval    Total

Over 450,000 Visual Observations*
                    Albert Jones            14  New Zealand   1960-2010   463,657

Digitizer Awards

The AAVSO Data Digitization project aims to digitize (mostly historical) variable star data in print but not available in electronic form. Working in coordination with AAVSO Headquarters, volunteers digitize these data from primary sources, providing the star name, JD, decimal of the day (where possible), magnitude, and observer initials (obscode) for each observation; comparison star and other useful information are included where available.

Observer Awards—2010

AAVSO 99th Spring Meeting, Mendoza, Argentina, April 15–28, 2010; 
awards presented or announced at the 99th Annual Meeting, 
Woburn, Massachusetts, October 30, 2010

    Award/recipient                     Affiliation*   Country        Interval    Total

Over 300,000 Visual Observations*

Over 250,000 Visual Observations*

Over 200,000 Visual Observations*

Over 150,000 Visual Observations*
                    Rod Stubbings                  14  Australia       1997–2009  173,519             

David Benn Receives 2011 Director's Award



It was announced at the AAVSO Banquet, Saturday, May 21, 2011, that the 2011 recipient of the AAVSO Director's Award is David Benn of Klemzig, South Australia.

Arne's citation told of how he and David met and how that meeting developed into a reincarnation of VSTAR though David's selfless hard work and devotion.


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