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Updated Sept. 2, 2010

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

August 2010 Edition

The meeting was called to order by President Ian Cooper at 8:00 pm on August 7 , 2010 at Indian Hill Observatory. 15 members was present.

Officer Reports


No report.


No report.


Larry stated that the July minutes were posted on the CVAS website. The minutes were approved with no changes.


Steve read off the dues update by member.

Cash in Bank - $2,106.77. Petty Cash - $45.00, Total Cash - $2.151.77.
For the month we paid:

- telephone in the amount of $51.06
- electricity $29.83

Observatory Director:

We need a work session to fix the utility building. We also need to cut some more trees down.


Dan was at Stellafane during this meeting. The next editiion of the Valley Sky Watcher will be done by the September meeting.

Director of Observations:

Bob handed out the monthly sky calendar for August 2010 and discussed the events for the next month.

For the complete report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Light Pollution Report

No update this month


Tim and Dave Mahoning were visitors who visited back in 1983 when the 16” was new.

Old Business:

  1. Ian – Gus, Bruce, and Ian put on a Star Party at Dorset (over by pymatuning) for Civil Air Patrol on 17th of July. They looked at Venus then the clouds came in.

  2. Last Friday was an impromptu star party with the Chagrin Valley JC’s at Riverside Park in Chagrin. They had rented a big inflatable screen and were showing the movie ET. So they asked us to bring a couple of scopes down. They turned the lights off in Riverside Park. CVAS started doing star parties at Riverside Park and we have had a good relationship with the Jaycees there.

  3. Next weekend is the Super Star Party at Penitentiary Glen.

  4. Becky Parkin, naturalist from Lake Metro Parks introduced herself and said this was the first time that she had been to Indian Hill. She explained that she wants to make sure that the members of CVAS do not feel that they are being taken advantage of by Lake Metro Parks. Becky wanted to apologize if the members felt that way and said that CVAS is a huge asset to Lake Metro Parks. She said that she can be CVAS’s advocate with the Parks. Becky came tonight to learn about the feelings of the members and what she could take back to Parks management that would improve our relationship. Larry commented that over the years we have had great viewing nights and also clouded out or rainy nights. But we were there and brought our telescopes. Ian commented that we did the Super Star Party free when the Parks provided meeting rooms for us. But after our meetings moved between different rooms including what looked like a closet, we decided to move our meetings elsewhere. At that point we did not believe that we had any obligations to Lake Metro Parks. Ian thanked Becky for coming and explaining her desire to have everyone have a good experience. The amphitheater is going to be redone by next year. This year it will be used for the Super Star Party.

  5. Dan Best called to tell us that next Friday night (the night before the Super Star Party) Geauga Park District is doing meteors and music at Chickagami Park which is in the far south east corner of the county

  6. Cuyahoga County Board of Development (in Beachwood) would like to have a day time program on August 20th. Steve Fishman is working on a 45 minute Powerpoint presentation to be conducted indoors. Ian will make his Coronado solar telescope available for this event.

New Business:

  1. Loaning Telescopes - We loaned a 10” f8 Cave Telescope that used to be owned by Dale Chapman of the Cuyahoga Club who sold it to Tony Malama (one of our founders) who sold it to Bruce Krobusek (one of our members who lives in Rochester, NY) who sold it to Denny Jefferson. Denny and Ian spent a whole summer fixing up this scope. The scope was loaned out and came back with a broken leg, the mirror had been left outside, and parts were rusty. Russ downloaded a loan contract from the San Jose Astronomical Association that we would like to pass around for comments. We would like to use an agreement like this anytime one of the CVAS scopes is loaned out.

  2. Neil Degrasse Tyson will be at the Cuyahoga county public library (Parma-South Branch) at 7335 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129 on September 21 st. They would like to have a star party that night.

  3. Phil Sherman is going to give a course to Lake Metro Parks on begining astrophotography.

  4. Chuck Story told us that Tim McShane, from Cuyahoga Falls and is a co owner of Granite Gap project which is an astronomy RV site in New Mexico southwest of Lordsburg. They will have 300 1/3 acre lots cost $2500 for 99 year lease. http://www.granitegap.com/

Our next meeting is September 4 at Indian Hill Observatory at 7:30 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 8:46 pm. Skies were clear for observing, then clouded over around 11.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora