The Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society
Frequently Asked Questions

The Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society ( CVAS ) was founded in 1963 for the purpose of increasing the astronomical knowledge of our members and the public. The club owns two acres of land at 15735 Huntley Rd , in Huntsburg Twp. 44046, where we operate Indian Hill Observatory. The site currently has two observatories located on it:

Membership is open to anyone 12 years of age or older, with an interest in astronomy. Dues are $4.00 a month.

The main focus of the club is on observing and photographing celestial objects and events. This usually evolves around the monthly business meetings and star parties. Many members are active in other aspects of astronomy such as: astrophotography, observing variable stars, telescope making, etc. As a club we don’t usually plan any club activities centered around these other aspects, but members are usually more than happy to share their knowledge in these areas. While most members have a great interest in the academic side of astronomy, as a club we generally don’t discuss or offer any programs in this area.

Web site – http://www.chagrinvalleyastronomy.org

Indian Hill Observatory Telephone Number – (440) 636-5789.

 

What the CVAS offers

Getting Help

Perhaps the best time to get help is at our monthly business meetings. The main key here is to make sure you contact a club officer before the meeting to make sure there is someone there to help you. If you need help with equipment, arrange to meet an hour or so before the start of meeting. Or if the meeting is at Indian Hill we can help afterwards.

Monthly Meetings

Monthly business meetings are usually held the first Saturday of each month, May through October, at 7PM or 8PM , at Indian Hill Observatory. From November through April, our meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:30 PM, in the Wildlife Building at the North Chagrin Nature Center. Check our web site or call a club officer for further details on our schedule and for directions to each location. When the meeting is at Indian Hill, a viewing session will follow the meeting on clear nights.

What is expected of me once I join

To be considered an active member, all you need to do is pay your dues and attend a business meeting at lease once every three months. After this, it is up to you on how active you want to become in the club.

Ways to get involved

Viewing at Indian Hill

Once you join CVAS , Indian Hill is open to any member 18 years old or older to use at anytime. You can use Indian Hill on your own, other club members do not have to be present. Generally you will find other member there on clear Friday or Saturday nights when the moon is not a problem and we don’t have a star party at another location.

Guidelines for viewing at Indian Hill

Viewing Tips

What is a Star Party

A Star Party is where club members come and setup up their telescopes, show the general public different celestial objects, explain what they are looking, and perhaps answer any other questions about astronomy or their telescopes that they can.

Star Party Guidelines

OTAA Conventions

These are star parties where other astronomy clubs from the area are invited to each other site. Generally all intending are amateur astronomers and are more knowledgeable then the general public at other star parties. Many will bring their own telescopes so these events are a good opportunity to see a variety of different kinds telescopes and equipment. Some of these events will have guest speakers and sometimes a registration fee is required. Our OTAA convention usually involves having a potluck dinner, perhaps some type of special recognition for a CVAS member, maybe a presentation by someone, and then a viewing session after dark.

Do you need a telescope to join

No, owning a telescope is not required to join the club. While most members in the club do own telescopes, you do not have to have one. CVAS has club telescopes that are available to any club member to use. The primary disadvantage of not owning a telescope is that you will not be able to show people items at star parties located in spots other than Indian Hill. Actually probably the best way to get started in astronomy is first to use Can always use binoculars and learn the constellations first. Use can always use binoculars at star parties, some people actually prefer these over a telescope.

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