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Update February 5, 2006

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

February 2006 Edition

Meeting called to order at 2:35 PM. 8 members and 4 guests were present. One guest brought a 3 1/2" Questar.

Officer Reports

Secretary:

January minutes are on our web site.

Treasurer:

Bank–Member dues were summarized. Joe Petrick donated $500 to the electrical fund. $1,092.37 in Bank, Petty Cash - $62.00, Electric Fund - $1,652.00 Total - $2,756.37

1. Paid $149 for quarterly insurance.
2. Earl Green brought in $10 from bumper sticker sales.

Observatory Director:

Marty submitted the following report via e-mail:

"A quiet month at the Hill.  Joe Petrick and I had one imaging session and I got in a few hours on another evening.  The buildings are all weather tight and dry.  The place is coming through what winter we have had in pretty good shape. 

I
have been playing around with some interesting free software that permits a private network to be created across the internet on demand.  All traffic is sent  in strong encryption, so no worries about security.  Steve Fishman was running the dome and the video camera from his house yesterday as a short introduction to some of the things that this makes possible.  Anyone wanting more info should contact me directly.

Replacing the south door on the Obs. is still on the list but probably will not happen until spring.  I have been looking at the concrete pad and threshold on the north door with an eye towards replacing them.  The Obs, and the two sheds are due for some paint later this year.  I have an airless spray painting rig with about 50 feet of hose that could help out there."

Director of Observations:

Copies of the February CVAS Monthly Sky Calendar were passed around. For Bob's complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Editor:

No update.

Old Business:
  • Oberle Telescope – Geauga Parks has selected a working committee which will report on results this Spring.

  • Electric Service – Larry will contact First Energy this month to install service in March / April.

  • Calendar – Next Case lecture on March 16th. Rookery February 24th. Messier Marathon the weekend of March 25th.

  • Discussion about cutting down some trees to the south of the parking lot to amke for better horizon and provide more observing area. We agreed to table it for the May meeting when we're out there to discuss detail. A suggestion was made to find a hydrologist who could review the drainage situation.

  • Suggestion was made about changing the location and time of the winter meetings. Perhaps weekday evenings at a park loction so we could observe, along with public invitation after the meeting. Steve Kainec will contact someone at Lake Metropark for alternatives.

New Business:

Lighting: John Gorka prepared a letter to the Ohio Department of Transportation complimenting their work on the Interstate 90 high mast lighting. Joghn noted the significant difference between the old/new lighting. Several CVAS members signed the letter in support of a job well done. John noted in his letter that they also consider working a stretch of I-271 in the Mayfield area.

We'll contact Ashtabula Metropark to schedule a star party for them. Possibly April 29. They have an astronomy event scheduled that evening with another volunteer. Other possible date could be September 9 or 30.

Earl Green asked about finding the current location of Comet Hyakutake. Suggestions were made about finding an ephemeris and using various software programs to do the plotting. NOTE: Googled the comet on Feb 5, 2006, but didn't find any recent reports/ephemeris for it.

Motion to adjourn at 3:35 PM.


Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora