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Update March 6, 2005

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

March 2005 Edition

Meeting called to order at 2:35 PM. About 14 members present.

Officer Reports


February minutes are on our web site. A suggestion was made to defer reading the minutes during the monthly meeting since they are available online. No objections were noted.


Bank - $2,105.04, Petty Cash - $72.00, Electric Fund - $1,825.00 Total - $4,002.04.

1. Paid $17 phone bill.

Observatory Director:

Not present, but Marty submitted the following e-mail report:

1. I was imaging up at the Hill last night (March 5) and the place looks like it is coming throught the winter just fine. There is about a foot of snow up there and I had to open up the drive with the snowplow to get in. Also, I snagged a decent office chair on casters for the warm room from my wife's former employer

2.As some of you know, a couple of times last year I borrowed and old 8N ford tractor with a backblade to do some grading work on the driveway at the Hill. The owner may have lost his outdoor storage (Jim Brownfield's old place). I made the tentative offer that the tractor could stay at the Hill until it is sold with the written understanding that the club would have no liability in case of theft or damage. We would have use of the machine while it is there. Thoughts? Discussion at meeting: We agreed to take it, probably keeping it at the south end of the parking lot covered with a tarp.

3. The 16 inch should be fixed by the end of this month. I have the parts (MOSFETS) that need to be replaced and just need to spend some time at the bench. I will be out of town on business for the next two weeks, unfortunately.

4.The 12 inch LX200 has been mounted on a Losmandy tripod and is on loan to Don Himes for the short term. He will be doing the alignment work to recenter the OTA in the forks and adjust the fork heights. This will be a good chance to have the scope excercised by a competent user and to prove
it's reliability, one way or the other. This appeared to be a much better alternative to Joe Petrick and me than installing it in the dome at the Hill and testing and aligning there. (This alternative will preserve my sanity, in case of failure). If it experiences electronic problems again within a short period of time, it would be tempting to break out the corrector and turn it into a garbage can.

5. We will contact Ian’s Brother about a flat bed trailer for the 10 X 16 roll off roof observatory that Jim and Gayle are making available.

6. Electrical installation. We should probably get in contact with the county building department and
talk with an electrical inspector to get approval for what we want to do. It is somewhat unconventional as we want to supply the buildings with a lower amperage service than is spec'ed for a residence or warehouse. Once we have that approval, then we set things in motion with First Energy.

Director of Observations:

For Bob's complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website. Bob was not present at the meeting.

Observations for past month:

Comet Machholz, Saturn and the very clear night we had at The Rookery Star Party on February 12th.


No update.

Old Business:

Oberle Scope – No meeting this month. Nassau Station may become available for purchase by the Park District.

Light Pollution – Nothing New.

Electric project – Larry will e-mail CEI about scheduling the installation for April and check to see if a permit is needed.

Steve Fishman mailed the IRS Form 8734. CVAS is in the 5th year of our 501c3 status and is required to file this form to continue our tax-exempt status.

Steve Fishman noted that he, Larry Boros, Vickie Ford and Dan Galdun completed the 8 week training of students at Mayfield Middle School for the Science Olympiad. The Olympiad was March 5 and results should be known within a week.

New Business:

Frontiers of Astronomy talk at the Natural History Museum on Thursday the 24 of March.

Pen Glen planetarium event on April 22. Vicky will be running this event and will need help setting up the planetarium.


1 visitor, Carlos Nunez joined today.

Motion to adjourn at 3:15 PM

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora