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Update June 5, 2007

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

June 2007 Edition

The meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm on June 2 2007 at the Indian Hill Observatory. 18 members were present.

Officer Reports


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


Steve F summarized the status of member dues.

Cash in Bank - $1,352.08, Petty Cash - $61.00, Total Cash - $1,413.08 6

For the month, we paid the insurance premium in the amount of $30.00, telephone in the amount of $50.00 and electricity $5.26. Our quarterly payment on the land in the amount of $300.00 will be made in a couple of weeks. The balance owed on the land before the next payment is $4,800.00.

Observatory Director:

The door to the observatory has been fixed..

Within the past month, on several occasions, the gate at the road has been left unlocked and open, and the door to the observatory on top of the hill has also been left unlocked and in one instance wide open. One time, the main electric panel was not turned off. There does not appear to be theft or damage. But as a reminder to all members, when you are the last to leave the property please make sure all the doors to the observatories are secure and locked, the electric main is turned off, and the gate at the road is closed and locked.

The 12 inch LX-200 has been repaired and is back from Meade. Marty proposed a plan to install the scope on a new pier in the north shed, including improvements to that building. A work session is scheduled for June 9 to pour the concrete bases for three piers and set six posts to carry the roll off roof. A pier will also be poured to support Denny's 12 1/2" Newtonian. Marty estimates the cost of the materials for the project to be roughly $500. The members voted on this proposal, and it passed. We hope to have the LX-200 operational within a month or so.


Tom provided the May/June 2007 edition of the Valley Skywatcher.


No visitors were present at this meeting..

Old Business:

  1. Dan completed the positioning of the outdoor concrete pier location on the lower level that will support the 12.5 inch Newtonian. The concrete pouring will be coordinated with the construction of the new pier to support the LX-200. .
  2. Larry reported that he has been notified that First Energy has filed an application for a re-hearing with PUCO in regard to the outdoor lighting complaint originally granted. A response to the re-hearing application must be submitted in writing to PUCO by Monday 6/4. Larry intends to file a timely response.
  3. Tom suggested that we include the Cuyahoga club members and the Aurora club members in the cookout and star party planned for our members, family, and friends. We will have the event Saturday October 6 2007 . The business meeting normally falling on that date will either be conducted early before the event, or rescheduled.
  4. Tom reviewed plans to help with programs at the Gates Mills library and the Chagrin Falls library. Plans will be finalized soon.
  5. Ron identified the first several monthly topics as determined by the planners of the new astronomy discussion group. The first discussion will take place following the business meeting tonight.

New Business:

  1. Since the Holden star party had to be canceled due to bad weather, Vickie proposed that we attempt to reschedule the event by combining it with another Holden activity already planned. This idea met with approval by the members present, and Vickie will pursue this idea with Holden.
  2. Vickie recently visited Geauga Parks West Woods to evaluate the location for appropriateness for our winter meetings. Alternative locations, such as The Rookery,were discussed by the members as well. Vickie will continue to pursue the subject guided by priorities established at the meeting.
  3. The fast approaching OTAA Convention at Indian Hill was discussed. Tom agreed to send out an email in an attempt to co-ordinate the planning for the event.
  4. A suggestion was made to move our business meetings to coincide with new moon weekends. On balance, there appears to be a consensus to keep the meetings scheduled on the first Saturday of the month in the summer. Part of the rationale being that we are entering a cycle where the bright moon will not interfere as much for at least the near future. .

Director of Observations:

Bob reviewed his monthly report for May. For his complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Bob also described his recent project involving the eclipse of Saturn’s moon Iapetus. Carefully timed observations were made of the eclipse with CCD of the fading moon as it slowly entered the planet’s shadow. The results are summarized on a separate club webpage, and will be provided to the International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA). The purpose of the observations is to provide data that will allow pinpointing, with high accuracy, Iapetus’s orbital position.

Ron described several lunar occultations observed at the Girdled Rd Star Party on May 18. The 2 day old moon occulted several bright stars, and came very close to grazing the 5.6 magnitude HIP27629 during the observing session. The moon was in the galactic plane (Taurus) which probably explains the relatively high concentration of nearby stars. We all saw Vesta with binoculars, and Steve K was pretty sure he could make it out with his fine set of biological photon collectors.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM. Ron Baker led a discussion about Variable Stars after the meeting.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora