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We Observe - by A. Mallama
Update February 1, 2004
The Valley SkyWatcher Magazine
A Publication of
the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 11 Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Bank - $1,782.65, Petty Cash - $85.00, Total - $1,867.65.
1. Paid monthly phone bill.
2. Made $42 to Keith Richards for electricity, this was for the 2nd half
3. Paid $143 for quarterly insurance payment.
4. Paid $96.76 to
Keith Richards for real estate tax. This is for the last three 1/2
years and gets us current with Keith.
1. The electricity usage has almost doubled since August. This might be
an indication we are having some type of electrical problem. Marty is aware
of it and he will run some tests very soon.
2. The Meade 12" is back up and in working order. The declination motor
which burned out was replaced.
3. A web cam was installed in the new observatory to monitor the dome's
slit. This is another step in preparing the telescope for remote control
For Bob’s complete observations
report please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar
on our website.
Due to clouds, not much viewing was done. T
Getting together material
for the next issue, which should be out in a month or two
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.
1. Steve Fishman, Larry Boros, Vicky Ford, and Dan Galdun have volunteered
to teach a group of girls at Mayfield Middle School the basics of Astronomy
in preparation for the Science Olympiad competition to be held at Cleveland
State on February 28th. Had four training sessions already, with another four
2. Dan Rothstein, Larry Boros, and Ian Cooper met with the Geauga Park board.
This was basically an organizational meeting to discuss the 25" Oberle Telescope.
The park district has big plans for a project. Besides having a building with
a roll-off roof for the telescope, they want to have a warm room for meetings,
restrooms, a paved parking lot, etc. They want to use to place for other
things besides just the Oberle Telescope, such as having a weather station,
solar telescope, hiking trails, etc. No decision has been made as to where
to place this at, when the weather gets better plans are to visit the possible
sites that the park owns. They plan to go after grant money and local business
to pay for this project. Another meeting is planed for February 23rd at Geauga's
West Woods location.
3. Grants - Larry went over some of the feedback he received on what to
use grant money for. The main goals are for our own electrical hookup, automating
the clubs telescopes, restrooms with running water, making the place more
handicap accessible. And since the Geauga park district is planning to go
after grant money as well as us, we talked about how do we differentiate ourselves
from them. This main thing to point out is that the park is for general viewing
and introducing people to the astronomy and we are for where people go from
there. We can stress things like actually using telescopes, learning the
sky, astrophotography, and doing research.
1. Went over calendar - Added dates for Nassau Station on May 21st, June
11th, August 20th, and September 10th, see Calendar for rain dates and setup
2. Club Member, Bobby Weitzner, school science fair project which was in
doing astrophotography with a web cam and photographing the planets with different
filters was selected to go on to a more advance competition at Cleveland
Had 9 visitors, 5 were from the Hershey Montessori Farm School. Wolfram
Kiparski, a member from the late 1970's returned to Cleveland and joined the