Congratulations to Steve Mandel of Soquel, California who won the 2008 Amateur Achievement Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific! Starting his project in 2004, Steve worked to catalog images of nebulae in the Milky Way. A significant experimental discovery was that small-aperture telescopes with CCD cameras–something available to any amateur astronomer–is a perfect recording device to detect large nebular clouds high above the galactic plane.
[Learn more about the Mandel-Wilson Unexplored Nebulae Project]
[ READ more about the ASP 2008 Awards ]