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The Valley SkyWatcher Magazine

A Publication of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 11 Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

February 2002 Edition

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.

February Meeting Summary:

New members at the February meeting:

Bob Rickart
Mike Lachman


Bank Account: $3322

Petty Cash: $ 90.00

Land Fund: CLOSED (All funds for the land purchase will go into the general fund and payments on the land contract will be taken from that fund)

Bills paid this month:

                                   Insurance: $99.00

                                   Phone:      $13.50

Observatory Director:

Nothing new to report this month, Marty not in attendance


The newsletter editor is looking for any information on the history of the hill for a future edition of the quarterly. Members that have photographs, stories, history of the hill or the scope and how CVAS obtained it or anything else related to the history of IHO are asked to contact John at jsoltis@voyager.net.


For Bob’s observations report please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Old Business:

John Gorka reports that he will soon be meeting with several more area cities, including Willowick and Highland Heights to discuss lighting issues in those cities.

Larry Boros reports he has information that CEI is making Full Cutoff Lighting the default for all future street lighting installations. This has still to be confirmed. Also mentioned is that various businesses in Mentor are putting up new outdoor lighting that is not in compliance with current regulation. Efforts are underway to remedy the situation.

Coming up on the calendar is the February star party at the Rookery on the 15th (the 16th is the rain out date). The next meeting will be at Pen Glen on March 3rd.

Now in the planning stage is a joint event with the Natural History Museum at the new planetarium on April 20th. This will be a daytime event. They would like us to set up some scopes for display and have volunteers to talk about astronomy to the public.

The museum is also holding educational nights for the general public on the nights of February 14th, 21st and the 28th. They are in need of astronomers knowledgeable about telescopes, particularly “goto” scopes who can work at these events. They are paying $50 per session. Contact Clyde Simpson at the museum (216.231.4600) if you are interested.

Larry handed out the current results of the priority worksheets, which he handed out at a previous meeting. Currently, the top five items on the list are finish the parking lot, clear the area south of the parking area to provide more room for observing, improve the warm room, build a new access ladder for the 16 inch scope and work on the CCD for the 16 inch. All members are urged to complete their forms and return them to Larry to make your opinion of what our priorities should be.

New Business:

Larry received information from Rich Ruggles of the “Astronomy Club of Akron” that they are in the process of starting up a program called Striking Sparks for Ohio. Sky and Telescope magazine (December 2001) reported on this program in an article titled “Sparks Fly in Sonoma Skies”. In a nutshell, this program uses volunteers to build scopes in the 5.5 to 6 inch size range which are then given to school children based on an essay competition. Rich is hoping to be able to award 10 to 15 scopes per year. He is hoping that CVAS and other OTAA clubs will join this effort.

Larry also reported that Al Nagler informed him that he is going to participate at the 11th annual  “Northeast Astronomy Forum and Telescope Show” (NEAF 2002). This event is scheduled for May 18th and 19th. Information about this event can be found at http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/neaf.htm.


Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora