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Updated April 25, 2010

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

April 2010 Edition

The meeting was called to order by President Ian Cooper at 7:30 pm on April 3, 2010 at Sunnybrook Preserve. 15 members were present.

Officer Reports


INo report.


Tom was not present.


Larry stated that the March minutes are posted on the CVAS website. The March minutes were approved.


Steve read off the dues update by member.

Cash in Bank - $2,189.17, Petty Cash - $51.00, Total Cash - $2,239.47.
For the month we paid:

- telephone in the amount of $52.05
- electricity $24.88

Observatory Director:

Ken reported that a new battery was installed in the tractor.  The internet connection had to be repaired.  Six to eight trees were cut down by the north observatory.


Dan is still in need of articles.  Got one article from George similar to the last one from him.  A spring issue of The Valley Skywatcher should be published in May or June.

Director of Observations:

Bob handed out the monthly sky calendar for April 2010. Mercury will be visible in the evening for the first half of April.  Mars is located in Cancer.  Saturn is in Virgo.  Jupiter is in Aquarius. For the complete report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.


No visitors were at this meeting. .

Old Business:

  1. Larry did not receive any feedback on proposed changes to the CVAS Constitution..
  2. According to Dan, the Oberle observatory will have high walls to the north and south that will limit the northern and southern horizons.  CVAS was not consulted during the final design stage and now any changes to see the southern horizon will be too expensive.

New Business:

  1. I-Max presentation on the Hubble Space Telescope was two Friday’s ago at the Great Lakes Science and Technology Museum.  Very good presentation showing what the astronauts go through as they get ready and ride the space shuttle to service the Hubble Telescope.   The information from the Hubble was used to create a 3-D computer generated image of the Orion nebulae.  The image was 700 trillion miles across.  The closing music was a unique and haunting rendition of Over The Rainbow performed by a Hawaiian named IZ..
  2. The Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th anniversary on May 1st.  They will be celebrating between April 30th through May 2nd the Fair Grounds in Burton. They are expecting 4000 plus  and would like for CVAS to set up a table and bring a telescope.  There we be a good chance of picking up some new and younger members.  Steve will provide about 1000 photo copies of the brochures
  3. Bob Modic brought up letter about 5” Celestron Nexstar which is available from Eleanor Carmichael (216-382-1656),  a neighbor of Steve Kainic.  Larry asked if we could store some underutilized scopes at Observatory Park so that they would be available for star parties.
  4. John Gorka said that on April 14th, he and Ian and Kathy Hanes, from GPD, will be going to the quarterly meeting of the Geauga Township trustees association in Russell Township and make about a half hour presentation on light pollution.
  5. Reviewed  Calendar Dates : Girdled Road date on Saturday night.  There is a Girdled Road star party each month during the winter.  We should have some Geauga Park District dates at the next meeting.

Our next meeting is May 1 at Indian Hill Observatory at 8:00 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm. Clear skies allowed for observing Venus and Mercury in the northwest

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora