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Update April 11, 2008

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

April 2008 Edition

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm on April 7 at the Rookery. 11 members were present. .

Officer Reports


Minutes from the March meeting are on the CVAS website. . No additions or corrections were noted by the members present. .


Steve provided the following financial data:

Cash in Bank - $2,044.52, Petty Cash - $40.00, Total Cash - $2,084.52

For the month, we paid, telephone in the amount of $51.48, electricity $3.82. We also made the regular quarterly payment in the amount of $300.00 for the land. After the payment the remaining balance on the contract is $3,600.00 .

Vice President:

No report given. Dan is teaching Monday night this semester so he can not make the winter meetings. .

Observatory Director:

Quiet month at the Hill.  A couple of work sessions and a little imaging too.  Russ Swaney and I built and installed a set of treated lumber wooden steps to replace the concrete block ones on the North Obs.  Plowed the snow out of the drive twice during the month.  Looks like we could use some more stone for the lower part of the drive and the part of the parking area where the electric went in.  I believe that the price break comes at 10 tons and that the delivered price for that amount is around $200.  I will drive the old 8n tractor over from Gail's and dress up the drive and parking area when we have some stone to work with..

Plans are being made to paint the observatory buildings on top of the hill, repair the wooden railing along the driveway, and add stone to the driveway. Russ estimates the materials for this work will probably be in the area of $500.00. If a quorum is present next month at the hill, we can finalize these plans.:


Tom intends to provide the next issue of The Valley Skywatcher at the une membership meeting. ..


No visitors showed up at the meeting. .

Old Business:

  1. John Gorka presented important information to the Munson Township Zoning Commission about proper outdoor lighting shielding methods. His presentation was made at the Commission’s regular meeting on Monday 3/17/08 . The members of the Commission are interested in shielding the Township’s outdoor fixtures so light does not illuminate the sky unnecessarily. The Commission hopes to finalize the modification to the zoning resolution by the end of the summer .
  2. The CVAS calendar was reviewed and discussed. Bob reported 2 new star party events for the calendar. Both at Mentor Headlands State Park . 8/1/08 & 9/5/08 both from 9 pm to 11 pm

    Tom proposed that we accept a letter of agreement from Pen Glen regarding the upcoming Super Star Party scheduled for August 9 2008 . Under the agreement, we will provide a presentation on an astronomical subject, conduct star lab events, and provide 15 telescopes for the public to look through. In turn, the park will pay CVAS $250. The agreement is almost identical to the one last year. Although a quorum was not present at the meeting for an official vote, there appeared to be a consensus among the members present that we should proceed with the event as we have in the past. And since there were no objections, Tom intends to communicate this decision to Pen Glen
  3. The star party originally scheduled to occur at Observatory Park in September will be rescheduled for October. A meeting of the planning board for the Observatory Park project will take place 4/15/08 . Tom plans to attend.

New Business:

  1. No new business noted at the meeting. .
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Director of Observations:

Bob provided his monthly report for April. For his complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website. Bob mentioned Comet Holmes is still observable, and general discussion took place about comets and other items contained in Bob’s report.

Russ recently imaged supernova SN2008ax in NGC 4490 and had a very nice print on hand at the meeting. Aaron displayed images he recently made of Saturn.

Ron described observing a 20h 32 m moon with binoculars during evening twilight on 4/6/08 from Kirtland.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

After the meeting the skies were clear, and several members observed with telescopes and binoculars from the parking lot

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora