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Updated Decenber 4, 2008

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

December 2008 Edition

The meeting was called to order at 7:40 pm on December 1 at The Rookery. 7 members were present. .

Officer Reports


The minutes from the November meeting are posted on the website. No additions or corrections were noted by the members present.


Steve provided the following financial data:

Cash in Bank - $2,583.47, Petty Cash - $3.00, Total Cash - $2,587.47 .

For the month, we paid, telephone in the amount of $51.60, electricity $3.96. Additional expenses this month included renewing the CVAS domain for $8.95 and the semi-annual web hosting for $30.00

Vice President:

Dan R. was not present.

Observatory Director:

In Marty’s absence, Ian reported that Marty replaced the combination lock for the North observatory door. Several members present stated that the club grounds have never looked better, and that the facilities are in good shape headed into the winter season.


No update at this time. .


No visitors tonight. .

Old Business:

  1. Further discussion involving the Observatory Park and the new Geauga County IDA section. Ian reported that the Geauga Park District would like CVAS to provide training for the park naturalists. In addition, the park district would like CVAS to conduct monthly programs at the Observatory Park during the next couple of years. Tom reported that the Geauga Park District will provide the host site (Observatory Park) for the new Geauga County IDA section. An organizational meeting will be held in January 2009.

New Business:

  1. The CVAS annual Christmas Party will be held at Joe Petrick’s house on Sat 12/13/08. Look for an email from Ian with the details.
  2. Steve F and Ian are looking into upgrading our club’s website.
  3. At Ian’s request, we began an ongoing discussion relative to CVAS goals for 2009. Bob suggested a goal of making additional payments on the land contract if money becomes available.
  4. Our next meeting is 1/5/09 at the Rookery 7:30 pm.

Director of Observations:

Bob provided his monthly report for December, and provided copies. For Bob’s complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website. Several members described observing sessions during the last month, but cloudy weather limited these sessions to a couple of days at the beginning of November and during the last weekend of the month.

Marty and Russ were imaging at the hill last Saturday night. Bob reported setting up at home for a good chance at an asteroid occultation a week ago, only to have clouds obscure the view at the last minute.

Ron reported that the Minor Planet Center has assigned the observatory code H75 to the Indian Hill North Observatory.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM. A cloudy night prevented any viewing.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora