The Planetary Nebula Program's inception was a BBAA effort. After several members, including
Bill Dickinson, Richard Dickson, Kent Blackwell and Ron Robisch, made recommendations about objects,
Ron chaired a committee to select the 110 planetary nebulae on the list. His committee included Bruce
Bodner, Larry Channel, Richard Dickson, Brian Murphy, and Richard Smith. Then a second committee
chaired by Georgie June worked out the rules of the program. Her committee included Lelane Arneson,
Rick Bish, Cliff Hedgepeth, Chuck Jagow, and Brian Murphy.
The Astronomical League Council approved the creation of the program at their annual meeting in
Kansas City in August 2005. The program was officially announced in the December 2005 Reflector, with
the Astronomical League webpage launched at the same time.
The pin design (shown above) features an original image of the Dumbbell Nebula taken by BBAA member
Richard Dickson. It adorns the 1-1/8" lapel pin awarded for the completion of the program. Both the
selection of M27 as the subject of the pin/logo and selection of Richard’s image for the pin was
accomplished by popular vote of “backbayastro” (our Yahoo e-group) members.