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Update April 3, 2005

The Valley SkyWatcher Magazine
A Publication of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 11 Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

April 2005 Edition

Meeting called to order at 2:30 PM. About 12 members present.

Officer Reports


March minutes are on our web site.


Bank - $1,793.04, Petty Cash - $65.00, Electric Fund - $1,825.00 Total - $3,683.04.

1. Paid $17 phone bill.
2. Paid $300 to Keith for land. The balance is $7,200
3. Paid $204 to Keith for electricity. $120 was for the excess that was used in mid-2003 to mid-2004. $42 was paid for July-December 2004 and $42 for January-June 2005.

Observatory Director:

Not present, but Marty submitted the following report:

- The 16” drive system has one bad stepper motor drive board. Marty located a company (Centroid Corp, Howard PA) that suggested he replace the upstream diodes for the MOSFETS that croaked. If needed this company can repair our old boards. Hopefully the 16” drive will be running soon..

5. We will contact Ian’s Brother about a flat bed trailer for the 10 X 16 roll off roof observatory that Jim and Gayle are making available.

Director of Observations:

For Bob's complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website. Bob was not present at the meeting. There was some discussion about this month's celestial opportunities.


No update.

Old Business:

1.) Oberle Scope – Things discussed at the March 28 West Woods meeting with the Geauga Park Board. Case Western Reserve University is putting their Nassau Station observatory and all the land around it up for sale. The Geauga Park Board is looking at the land and perhaps the observatory building. The36” Cassegrain has a very long focal length and is not very good for optical viewing. It was requested that the Park District obtain any prints or documentation on this scope so that it would be possible to have cost estimates made to reduce the focal length or conver t the scope to a Richey Chretien type of Cassegrain. Science Center building and Oberle Observatory were concepted. The Park District is sending out requests for architects for the Science Center.

2.) Light Pollution – Mentor Planning Commission unanimously requested that the 380 acre Newell Creek project have full cut off street lighting.

3.) Indian Hill Observatory Electric Service Project – A drawing showing the electrical runs and a budget spreadsheet were handed out.

4.) Frontiers of Astronomy talk at the Natural History Museum on Thursday the 24th of March. The subject was how the Milky Way galaxy changed with time. Lots of interesting graphics including photos of variable stars in the M3 globular cluster.

5) Steve Fishman noted that he, Larry Boros, Vickie Ford and Dan Galdun completed the 8 week training of students at Mayfield Middle School for the Science Olympiad. Our students scored a silver medal.

New Business:

1.) Dan discussed old astronomy books that he has available.

2.) On April 23rd the Meyers Center (Geauga Park District) will have a kids astronomy night.

3.) Pen Glen planetarium event on April 22. Vicky will be running this event and will need help setting up the planetarium. Set up will be at 7:00 for the program at 8:00.

4.) Holden Arboretum wants to have a star party on Friday October 7 with a rain date of Saturday October 8. Scopes will be set up in the first parking lot off of the incoming drive.

5.) Ashtabula CountyMetroparks Star Party April 15th Friday from 8:00 to 10:00 at Lampson Reservoir Park. The park is located three miles east of SR 45 on SR 307. A map with more detail directions will be put on the website.

6.) Dan invited the Aurora Club to Indian Hill around the weekend of April 22. This may be delayed due to other events going on at other venues.

7.) The Natural History Museum will have a daytime star party on April 16 for Astronomy day. We weill set up an exhibit from 11 AM - 4 PM> We have a foam board display that should be set up for the public. Anyone who can should bring a scope.

8.) Mentor Headlands star parties 8:30 set up with showing starting at 9:00 and ending at 11:00. July 8 and July 29th.

9.) Frontiers of Astronomy talk at the Natural History Museum on Thursday the 14th of April. The subject will be the evolution of galaxies in different environments.


2 visitors. Bob Feasel-former member of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association. He now lives in Geauga County. Ron Sterling from Kirtland also attended today's meeting.

Motion to adjourn at 4:00 PM

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora