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Updated March 7, 2010

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

March 2010 Edition

The meeting was called to order by President Ian Cooper at 7:30 pm on March 6, 2010 at Sunnybrook Preserve. 20 members, over the quorum amount, were present.

Officer Reports


Ian noted that the Chagrin Valley Jaycees donated $500 to CVAS at their February awards dinner. The donation is very much appreciated. Over the years the Jaycees has donated at least $1250 to CVAS


Tom suggested We should offer the Jaycees a star party in the later part of the summer after their schedule is more open. We are now an Associate Member of the Night Sky Network that the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and NASA runs and will post our meeting dates and our larger star party dates with NSN. Tom will have definite prices on CVAS baseball hats at the next meeting. Ian mentioned that it would be interesting to see how we stack up against other clubs in public outreach n


Larry stated that the February minutes are posted on the CVAS website.

The February minutes were approved. Copies of the revised Constitution and Membership Information From are on the table by the door


Steve read off the dues update by member.

Cash in Bank - $2,266.21, Petty Cash - $22.00, Total Cash - $2,308.21.
For the month we paid:

- telephone in the amount of $52.05
- electricity $25.07

Observatory Director:

Ken could not get through the plowed mound of snow in front of the drive to check out the observatories today.


Dan is planning the next issue of The Valley Skywatcher and is looking for articles and any astronomical artwork. The latest Skywatcher on the website dates from October 2008 and Dan has copies with him. Need to finish putting together the history of the Stokes telescope.

Director of Observations:

During the early part of teh meeting, Bob mentioned that the International Space Station would be travelin from the northwest to the northeast sky. The members left the meeting at 7:43 PM to view the pass.

Bob handed out and discussed the VAS Monthly Sky Calendar for March 2010. For the complete report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.


No visitors were at this meeting. .

Old Business:

  1. Assistant Treasurer and Historian offices need to be filled. We need nominations for these offices. Tom Q was nominated for Historian and Ken Fisher was nominated for Assistant Treasurer. Both were then elected by acclamation.
  2. Revised Constitution And Membership Information Forms – Larry put 20 copies on the table and asked that they be filled out and returned to him a this meeting or the next. Larry will send copies of the revised constitution showing all revisions out to members via e-mail with deadline for yes or no vote on revisions. The Member Information Sheet will be sent out in Excel format at the same time. Ian complained that there was not enough room on the information sheet to list all of his telescopes. Larry said that Ian could attach another sheet .
  3. Ian said we should inventory all of the scopes owned by CVAS. Ken said that he would set up an Excel data base for all of the scopes, eyepieces, etc. at Indian Hil..

New Business:

  1. Dan announced that CVAS members have been invited to an IMAX movie showing on the Hubble Telescope at the Great Lake Science Center on March 19 th. Cost is $15.00 including movie, soft drink, popcorn, and parking. Reservations are required by calling 216-621-2400.
  2. Dan discussed the new plans for Observatory Park and expressed some concerns regarding the ability of the Oberle Telescope to be able to see the area around Sagitarius in the South due to the high southern wall design on the observatory and the direction of the roll off roof tracks .

Our next meeting is April 3 at Sunnybrook Preserve at 12474 Heath Road. Start time is 7:30 PM

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora