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Update April 2, 2006

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

April 2006 Edition

Meeting called to order at 2:30 PM. About 12 members and 1 guest were present. .

Officer Reports


March minutes are on our web site.


Bank–Member dues were summarized. $1,088.42 in Bank, Petty Cash - $32.00, Electric Fund - $1,652.00 Total - $2,772.42

1. Paid phone bill

2. Paid $300 to Keith for land. Balance is $6,000. We're halfway to paying off the balance. 20 more payments to go.

Observatory Director:

Reported by Marty via e-mail: Not much new at the Hill this month.  A couple of nights of imaging and viewing and that was about it.  The transformer for the lights along the path to the Hill was damaged when our favorite groundhog ate through the lamp wires.  I repaired the transformer and replaced the cover on the outside receptacle on the shed with one approved by the electrical code.  Gale Mortland visited one evening with her dog Rigel.  Rigel promptly dispatched our resident groundhog off to groundhog Valhalla.  Hopefully that should cut down on the burrowing around the shed and the Hill.  Good boy, Rigel.  In the vein of "no good deed going unpunished", I upgraded the PC that is in the room with the 16 from a PII-233 to a PIII-500.  I encountered all manner of problems trying to get Windows 98 Second Edition to speak IPX to the scope.  The solution was to install Win 98 First Edition.  Shortly thereafter, the replacement PC promptly fried its motherboard and took most of the major components along in the process.  Oh well.  The old clunker is back in place.  The ground has been dry enough to drive up to the Hill if you stay on the west side of the row of pines.  It is still too wet on the east side.  Use some common sense in this regard, please.

Director of Observations:

Copies of the April CVAS Monthly Sky Calendar were passed around. For Bob's complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website. After a few month absence Bob attended a meeting. He discussed viewing Mars, Jupiter’s red spot, Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, and RS Ophiuchi – a recurrent nova.


No update.

Old Business:

  1. Requested electrical service from CEI. Will follow up this week.
  2. Mail box post needs to be reset.
  3. No activity on Oberle Scope
  4. Larry Boros summarized progress on improved lighting. The City of Mentor has requested only full cut-off cobra head street lights be installed from now on. First Energy will make the full cut-off version of the Salem residential street light available under existing tariffs. Larry proposed a solution to providing shielded flood lights that will have First Energy customers purchasing shields in Mentor from Consolidated Electrical Distributors and then providing them to CEI prior to flood light installation.
  5. Larry discussed the letters that he sent to Tom Curtin of GPD and Dave Noble of Lake Metro Parks asking for ideas on how to raise money to support CVAS’s programs. He received a reply from Tom Curtin with some ideas. Dave Nobel indicated that LMP might provide a stipend for CVAS.

New Business:

  1. New member Ken Fisher voted in.
  2. Next star party will be at Painesville City Park on Friday April 28 th at 8:30 PM.
  3. Star party at Big Creek in May.

Motion to adjourn at 3:30 PM.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora