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Update December 1, 2002
The Valley SkyWatcher MagazineA Publication of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 11 Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
December 2002 Edition
Sorry for the lapse in the Webnewsletter
folks. We have a new editor and will keep this web version current.
All members of CVAS and the OTAA are
encouraged to contribute ideas, articles, images and observation reports
for possible inclusion in future issues of this monthly update and in the
quarterly editions of The Valley SkyWatcher.
December Meeting Summary:
New Member in December:
Welcome to CVAS!
General Fund: $1,715
Petty Cash: $ 185
Paid $450 to Bob Modic, the 2nd installment
on the gravel that was placed in the new parking lot last October.
"Quiet", according to Marty. A 2nd PC was installed in the warm-up room, and a CD burner was acquired for $30 (nice deal). The new PC, the old PC in the observatory room and the scope controller all talk to each other now .
A Lossmandy dove-tail system is attached
to the 16” scope, so any one who has the equipment can attach it to the
Marty proposed purchasing 20 foot of
heating tape to heat the rails of the roll off roof. He'll update
at the next meeting.
Mercury will be visible the week of
Christmas about 7 degrees in the southwest about 45 minutes after
Jupiter rises by 9 PM in mid-December.
Venus rises around 4 AM. It is a brilliant -4.7 magnitude. .
Mars is located near Venus most of the
The Geminid Meteor shower peaks on the
night of Dec. 13/14. About 30-70 meteors per hour can be expected.
Jim Brownfield reported seeing Mars, Venus and the Moon very close to each other on the morning of December 1 - a very nice sight.
For Bob’s complete observations report please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.
Light Pollution News:
The annual CVAS Christmas party will be held at Joe Petrick's house on Friday, December 13, 2002.
Lake Metroparks will hold a training session of the portable/inflatable Starlab planetarium at Penitentary Glen on February 2, 2003 - noon. This will be the same day as our February meeting.
Tentative date for the summer OTAA Convention at Indian Hill Observatory is June 28, 2003.
See the January 2003 issue
of Sky and Telescope for a picture of the Pelican Nebula taken by CVAS
member Bob Rickert.
October 30, 2003 Aurora