SBAU Awards

Astronomy 2010 Out-of-this-world Award Winner

To the SBAU for the UC2 Telescope

Read all about it here

SB Co. Science Fair winner, who also took the Gold Medal and award for Best Project In It's Division (Junior Mechanical and Earth Sciences) and will move on to the State Finals for her project (Testing The Habitability of Exo-Planets). What makes Daniela  Castleberg (she's only in 8th grade) even more special is that she told me she was inspired to get involved in astronomy and do this project because of a star party the SBAU did at her school (SB JrHS) and talking to the "astronomer" running it. She will received a Check for $150.00 as part of her award along with a 1 Year family membership to the SBAU.

You can find out more info about the SB County Science Fair by clicking of the following link


Henk Aling (on left) winning an award at RTMC 2013 He won this award for his autoguider barndoor type tracker that he uses with his Dobsonian telescope


At left is his unique autoguider barndoor style star tracker for his telescope. Some of the innovations are an Arduino controller and bungee cord tensioning system.  He also uses a star tracking camera system connected to his laptop.

Very Special Award to SBAU Member Chuck McPartlin
Chuck McPartlin receives the first of a limited edition SBAU lapel pin honoring his national award.
Hi Chuck,
A hearty congrats for winning the Las Cumbres Award! Vivian told me she had a chance to chat with you at the ASP conference - sorry I missed you. We've published an article about the award on the NSN website and it is also the internal (login side) article.

Awards Continued

SBAU receive SBMNH Legacy Award Dinner January 17th 2013

SBMNH 2012 Legacy Award
The Museum's Legacy Award is usually    given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Museum's mission to give people a sense of wonder for the natural world. This was one of the few times it has been given to a group, and it recognized our outreach efforts, recent national and international awards, and the
development of the handicap accessible telescope.

Top Row Left to Right: Chuck & Pat McPartlin, Art Harris, Mike Farris, Ruben Gutierrez, Edgar Ocampo. Bottom Row Left To Right: Tom Totton, Tim Crawford, Jim Williams, Javier Rivera

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ASP 2012 Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award
The Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award, established in 2001 by Wayne Rosing
and Dorothy Largay, seeks to honor outstanding educational outreach by an
amateur astronomer to K-12 children and the interested lay public.
"Amateur" is understood to mean someone who does not receive compensation
(other than expenses) for their activity and does not receive the majority
of their income from a profession in astronomy.



California State Parks Appreciation Plaque
This plaque was given to the Astronomical Unit by the Park Rangers
at Refugio State Beach, in October of 2006, in appreciation for 10 years
of hosting astronomy programs there. They also had a cake.