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Updated June 8, 2009

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

June 2009 Edition

President Ian Cooper called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm on June 6 at Indian Hill Observatory. 20 members were present. .

Officer Reports


The minutes from the May meeting are posted on the website. No additions or corrections were noted by the members present.


Steve provided the following financial data:

Cash in Bank - $2,547.26, Petty Cash - $23.00, Total Cash - $2,570.26. .

For the month, we paid telephone in the amount of $51.59, electricity $22.18. .

A payment on the on the land contract is planned next month in the amount of $400.00, which includes our regular $300.00 quarterly payment plus an additional $100.00 from a special donation to the club. After the next payment, the land contract balance will be $1,500.

Vice President:

Nothing to Report

Observatory Director:

The screen door was installed for this meeting. No other updates at this time. .


No update at this time. .


Mark & Diane Sherman expressed their intention to join as members at the meeting.

Old Business:

  1. Ian passed around the CVAS OTAA Convention picnic checklist for the members to review and sign up to bring items for the picnic.
  2. The club now has an access permit to the Observatory Park property. A Field trip is planned during the June 20 OTAA convention.
  3. Upcoming events for June include Star Parties at the Geauga Park District’s Frohring Meadows and the Lake County Park District’s Girdled Road, both Friday June 12. The CVAS OTAA annual convention will be held at Indian Hill on Saturday June 20. See the club’s website for details.

New Business:

  1. Our next regular meeting has been changed from Sat 7/4 to 7/11 at Indian Hill to avoid conflicts with the fourth of July.
  2. A motion to renew our P.O. Box in the amount of $60 (annual) was approved.
  3. Ian reported there will be an IDA display starting July 15 at the Chagrin Falls Library.

Director of Observations:

Bob provided his monthly observation report for June. For Bob’s complete report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website. The Monthly Sky Calendar page on our website has been completely revised and updated, and contains details and images which complement Bob’s monthly meeting reports.

Bob brought along video imaging equipment with the hope of observing the full moon’s occultation of Antares after the meeting. (Unfortunately, clouded out)

Guest presenter, John Augustine, demonstrated his 5” Alvan Clark refractor (f15). The lens and wooden optical tube date back to 1860. The current mount was added in 1919. In addition to having the telescope on hand, John brought along many photographs and other documents with details about this telescope. After the meeting, John projected pictures of the refurbishing work he performed a couple of years ago on the objective lens of the telescope at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The club would like to thank John for his very interesting presentations

A group photo was made of everyone present (including the Alvan Clark refractor!)

Special note: The club offers sincere congratulations and best wishes to Gus on his recent retirement from the Geauga Water Resources Department, after 42 years.

Intermittent clouds made observing after the meeting challenging. But the observatories were open, and some of the recent improvements to the facilities were discussed. A new flat screen monitor and workstation has been added to the Dome observatory, and improvements to the polar alignment of both telescopes in the North observatory have been made. A new flat screen monitor was added to the PC in the North observatory as well.

Our next meeting is 7/11/09 at Indian Hill starting at 8:00 pm.

Meeting adjourned at 10:00 pm.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora