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We Observe - by A. Mallama

Update December 8, 2006

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

December 2006 Edition

Meeting called to order at 7:40 PM in the Nature Education Building at the North Chagrin Resevation. 14 members and 1 guest were present. .

Officer Reports

Secretary:

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

Treasurer:

Member dues were summarized.

$1,062.85 in Bank, Petty Cash - $69.00. Total - $1,131.85 For the month, we paid:

  • $50 phone bill.
  • $30 for monthly insurance premium

Observatory Director:

Marty was not present. He bought a new kerosene heater to replace one of the 2 that recently broke.

Director of Observations:

Bob read his report. For his complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Many members took advantage of the nice weather during Thanksgiving week to do some observing. Bob spent several nights imaging variable stars with the 16” telescope on the hill, and Russ used the telescope for imaging as well. Steve K.’s scope provided views one night of many objects along the Milky Way from Cassiopeia, down through Perseus and Auriga, and later Orion. Dan mentioned observing several nights through the stretch of good weather, as did Steve F. and several other members present.

Bob’s attempt to observe the lunar grazing occultation on Saturday November 25 resulted in 2 events that he observed from Case Western Reserve's Squire Valevue Farm on Fairmount Blvd. . Vickie observed a full occultation of the star from her home. Steve F. reported a total occultation of about 2 1/2 minutes from his home, although the Occultation software reported a graze from that location.

There is a possibility of viewing an asteroid occultation for observers in Northeastern Ohio in the early morning of December 12. The 6th magnitude star is located in Auriga. Although the path center is predicted to pass near Indian Hill Observatory, the uncertainty is large due to the small size of the asteroid.

Tony Mallama, CVAS co-founder, has contacted CVAS through Bob Modic regarding a research opportunity involving the satellites of Uranus. During 2007/2008, the orbits of these satellites will be edge on to our line of sight, and it will be possible to observe various occultations and eclipses. The satellites are very faint, but Tony believes they are within reach of the 16” scope on the hill equipped with a CCD camera. Bob will have more information about this project in the months ahead.

Editor:

Tom described topics that will appear in upcoming issues of the Valley Skywatcher. The topics include an updated history of the club, a new membership roster including the results of the telescope survey, and information on light pollution

Visitors: Jerry Unroe from Hudson visited the meeting. He has a 30+year old telescope and was looking for ideas on upgrading.

Old Business:

  1. Tom described plans to display materials about CVAS and astronomy in a case at the Chagrin Falls Library. We may use the case through the end of January. Please contact Tom if you have materials for display.

  2. Steve K. reported that our star party to be held at the North Chagrin Reservation will occur on Friday June 22, with Saturday as the backup date. The park would like to publish a short write-up about the star party and what we plan to view that evening.

  3. Bob indicated the Cub Scout outing at the hill last month had to be rescheduled due to bad weather. Another Cub Scout group is interested in visiting the observatory on December 20. We need just a couple of members to be present.

  4. Larry reported on the lecture given at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History last week on cosmology as part of the Frontiers in Astronomy lecture series. Another lecture is on the museum’s calendar this month, and 2 more in the spring. The lectures are free and open to the public..

New Business:

  1. Dan described plans to construct a pier and pedestal next season to hold a 12.5” scope that has not been recently in use. The location of the structure has yet to be determined, but several members suggested locating it on the lower level near the other concrete pads
  2. Tom Q. and Steve F. recommended the club engage in fund raising activities to help support the projects at the hill planned for next year. Various methods were suggested including requesting contributions from organizations for which we provide service in the form of star parties. There appeared to be a consensus among the members present that our star party policy should be modified to state our expectations regarding remuneration. We decided to develop a star party application for use in arranging the events. :
  3. The club is interested in continuing to build relationships with area organizations, including those that are in a position to financially support our activities. Vickie offered to prepare a letter to be emailed to various summer camps describing our activities.

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm


Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora