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Update July 7, 2005

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

July 2005 Edition

Meeting called to order at 8:00 PM. About 14 members and 2 guests were present. This was a pretty good showing for the July 4th weekend. We had one new member join CVAS.

Officer Reports


June minutes are on our web site.


Bank – Member dues were summarized. $1300.00 In Bank, Petty Cash - $49.00, Electric Fund - $1,400.00 Total - $2,749.00

1. Paid $16 phone bill.

Observatory Director:

Jim Brownfield’s observatory is now in place at Indian Hill. Claridon Barns moved the Mortland observatory from Gale’s property to Indian Hill. We spent approximately $300 from the electric fund to cover the cost of the foundation and the move of the observatory. The warm room was cleaned out of telescopes which are now in the Mortland observatory. Steve Kainec qualified on the tractor today by cutting the grass. The trees were cut down at the top of the path. Electric service pole should be located on North East property corner. We will send out an e-mail in a couple of weeks to arrange for the installation or more observing pads.

Director of Observations:

For Bob's complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Bob passed around copies of the CVAS Monthly Sky Calendar.


No update.

Old Business:

1.) Oberle Telescope --- Meeting last Monday was at Nassau Station to look over the 36” Observatory for possible acquisition by Geauga Park District. Dan reported that he thought that Nassau would be a sink hole for money. The telescope was completely refurbished in 2000. The optics on the 36 “ should be better than what has been seen during star parties. It has a 143 inch focal length and the optical train was designed for observing and not for spectroscopy. Larry would like to try out some of his low power 2” eyepieces on this scope to see if the visual images improve. A 36” scope with an O3 or other filters could show some nice nebulas. Larry wrote a report on the visit to Nassau

2.) Lighting: Larry is trying to get the City of Mentor to file a formal complaint against First Energy about its refusal to apply for tariffs for full cut off residential lighting and for shields on flood lights.
John talked to Russell township about street lighting. John also talked to Parkman Township zoning commission. ODOT is changing out the old high mast to almost full cut off lighting

New Business:

1.) We tried to help the Aurora Parks & Recreation with a star party on September 17th but an Aurora city representative would not support the Law Director amending their standard instructor contract. The contract holds CVAS liable for any damages associated with the event. This is a risk that the club will not accept.

2.) Motion made, seconded, and passed that Gale Mortland is awarded honorary life membership for the donation of Jim Brownfield’s observatory.

3. Next Friday is a star party at the Mentor Headlands

4. Next Saturday Cuyahoga will have a star party at their observatory, Letha House, in Medina County.

5. August 6 will be the super star party at PenGlen. Our meeting will be at PenGlen before the star party. We are looking for ways of raising some cash at the super star party.


Motion to adjourn at 8:55 PM.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora