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Update July 18, 2008

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

July 2008 Edition

The meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm on July 5 at Indian Hill Observatory. 16 members were present. .

Officer Reports


Minutes from the June meeting are on the CVAS website. . No additions or corrections were noted by the members present. .


In Steve’s absence, Tom provided the following financial data :

Cash in Bank - $2,369.71, Petty Cash - $45.00, Total Cash - $2,409.71

For the month, we paid, telephone in the amount of $51.29, electricity $3.58 and the PO Box fee of $58. We made another payment on the land contract last month in the amount of $300.00, which brings the remaining balance after the payment to $3,300.

Vice President:

Dan R. reported that initial work has started on the driveway at the Observatory Park.

Observatory Director:

In Marty’s absence, Russ reported that the 12” LX-200 in the North observatory is in good working order.


The June issue of the Valley Skywatcher is now available. Of special interest in this issue is an article summarizing the observations of a Uranian satellite eclipse made by Bob Modic and Tony Mallama with the Stokes telescope at Indian Hill.


One visitor was present (Bill), who showed interest in the club’s activities

Old Business:

  1. The club’s calendar of events was reviewed, including the upcoming star party in Burton . The Nature at Night SP is scheduled for 7/19. Please refer to the full calendar of events posted on the website for details l ..

New Business:

  1. Discussion about the location of our winter meetings in 2008/2009. Although a formal vote was not conducted, there appeared to be a general consensus that we should have the meetings at the Rookery again
  2. The Lake County Metroparks is interested in CVAS participating in the Super Star Party again in the summer of 2009. The date 8/15/09 has been set.
  3. h Tom has been contacted by Optic Wave Labs about re-aluminizing a club mirror for $20. We decided to have that company perform this work on the 14” mirror.

Director of Observations:

Bob provided his monthly report for July, and provided copies. For Bob’s complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website. After Bob’s remarks, members reported their recent observing activities.

With the photometric sky and young moon, everyone was anxious to getting started with the observing. 12 telescopes were in operation at the end of twilight

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora