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We Observe - by A. Mallama
Update April 4, 2004
The Valley SkyWatcher Magazine
A Publication of
the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 11 Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
Bank - $1,833.38, Petty Cash
- $52.00, Total - $1,885.38
Paid $16 phone bill.
- Talked about what needs
to get done at Indian Hill for this coming year, items included: Fixing
the electrical line, putting a fresh layer of gravel down for the
drive, creating a new access way up the hill for vehicles, cutting
down a couple of trees at the exit of new parking area, cleaning up
behind the shed, and finish clearing the land to the southwest of
the new dome.
- The bottom of the drive
is very soft this time or year. It was recommended that people don't
stop in this area when opening the gate. Also the land to the south
of the parking lot is very soft and muddy, so don't try to drive on
this for the next month or two
- Someone suggested making
a new sign for the Outhouse (the "Kundel Commode" that was
dedicated in 1989).
- Plan on having a training
session for the 12" and 16" telescopes at the May 1 meeting
at the Hill. The training session is to be held before and after the
monthly business meeting.
- It was noted that the
focuser for the 16" is not in very good shape and we should replace
Director of Observations
For Bob's complete observations
report please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar
on our website.
Talked about the upcoming transit of Venus and possible viewing locations
to travel to. A state park in Rochester, New York which is about 250
miles away looks like a good location for now. Presque Isle in Erie,
Pa. was also suggested. But, any final decision on where to travel to
probably will not be made until the last minute. Basically it comes
down to what location is predicted to have the best weather forecast.
Observations for past
Bob Modic managed to get
in some CDD images of variable stars. He is able to get down to 17th
magnitude with a 8" telescope under somewhat light polluted skies.
Steve Fishman and Dave Knorr used the 16" at the hill during the
night of our planned Messier Marathon. Was able to get some general
viewing in even under less than ideal conditions. They also reported
the 16 inch electronics and guiding was working fine. A few others took
advantage of the couple of clear nights we had and did some viewing
of the planets.
Handed out the latest issue
of The Valley Skywatcher. Accepting material for the next issue.
All members of CVAS and the
OTAA are encouraged to contribute ideas, articles, images and observation
reports for possible inclusion in future issues of this monthly update
and in the quarterly editions of The Valley SkyWatcher
- Light Pollution - Larry
Boros reports that Terry McGowan is looking into trying to get Geauga
county to pass zoning ordinances that will place certain restrictions
on lighting and perhaps designate certain special areas.
- Steve Fishman, Larry
Boros, Vickie Ford, and Dan Galdun who had volunteered to teach a
group of girls at Mayfield Middle School the basics of Astronomy for
a competition that was held at Cleveland State received a certificate
of appreciation from the school district.
- Larry Boros and Dan Rothstein
reported on the meeting with the Geauga Park board on the new installation
for the 25" Oberle Telescope. The main topic of discussion was
on the cost of the project which is estimated to be around $250,000.
Besides the observatory, they want to make a complete physical science
center. Also got a $900 quote for recoating the 25 inch mirror and
secondary from EMF. The next meeting is to be at West Woods on Monday,
April 26th at 7PM.
- Grants - Larry Boros
talked more about CVAS Mission Statement for the club. The main thing
here is how to differentiate ourselves from the Geauga Park district
since they plan to go after grant money as well.
- Dan Rothstein still has
not done a night-time night survey for the new Oberle telescope due
to the weather. Hopefully sometime in the next month if the weather
clears will get this done.
- Dan Rothstein contacted
the Geauga County Treasurer and had our land taxes split off form
Keiths taxes. Now the tax bill will come directly to us. They gave
him a telephone number to call about getting a tax exemption for the
land. Basically have to call the State, which then will inform the
county that a 501c3 organization owns the land and does not have to
pay taxes on it. This will save the club about $65 a year. Steve Fishman
will work this project.
- Went over calendar - Added
three new star party dates:Saturday May 8th at Indian Hill for some
Girl scouts at Indian Hill, Saturday May 15th for a Church group at
Indian Hill, and Friday October 1st at Riverview Farm. A Frontiers
of Astronomy program is on Thursday, April 15 at 8PM at the Natural
History Museum. This is on "The Birth and Death of Galaxies".
On Saturday, April 24th, which is Astronomy Day, a group from CVAS
plans on setting up some telescopes at Riverside Park in Chagrin Falls.
- Larry Boros handed out
a calendar of events sheet.
- Discussed the electrical
situation at the hill. Dan did some research and found that a wind
generated electrical system to charge up batteries would be very costly
and require a very tall tower. Using solar power and batteries is
cheaper, but still would cost at least $5000 to $6000. The cheapest
solution is to use a generator, but this requires filling it up with
gasoline and is noisy.
- Dan also investigated
getting running water for the hill. Since we don't have any where
for the drainage to go, we probably never could do this. Dan suggested
that perhaps we look into getting a composting toilet. Can get systems
for starting for around $1000. For water, we can always buy tanks
of water as an alternative to running water.
- Dan Rothstein and Steve
Fishman visited the submarine USS Cod in downtown Cleveland. They
when to evaluate the Bausch & Lomb targeting binoculars and make
suggests on how to fix the optics.
- The April 30th edition
of the Bainbridge Banner is to have an article about the CVAS in it.
- Steve Fishman reported
that an adult collage student is doing a story on us. She wants to
the hill in the few weeks to do some viewing for this story.
Had 2 visitors who joined
the club. Welcome to CVAS Rob Engel and Joyce Padavick.