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Updated Nov. 24, 2010

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

November 2010 Edition

The meeting was called to order by President Ian Cooper at 7:15 pm on November 6 , 2010. 16 members were present.

Officer Reports


No report.


Not present.


October Minutes had one typo where “on” should have been “one”. The October minutes were approved.


Steve read off the dues update by member.

Cash in Bank - $2,106.20. Petty Cash - $80.00, Total Cash - $2,186.20.
For the month we paid:

- telephone in the amount of $52.35
- electricity $22.88
- Russ Swaney requested that the $110 he paid to recoat the 10 inch mirror be applied toward his dues.

Observatory Director:

Nothing going on at this time.


Nothing to report.

Director of Observations:

Bob handed out the monthly sky calendar and discussed the events this month.
For the complete report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Light Pollution Report

New lighting on Route 2 looks great.


Three visitors showed up.

Old Business:

  1. Ian talked to Aaron about a new patch design for CVAS hats. Larry gave Ian contact information for the people at ORCO Sportsmans Association who bought ORCO hats.
  2. Larry brought in repaired leg for 10 inch Cave telescope. Looks nice.
  3. Christmas party will be on Saturday December 4 th at Joe Petricks. We will hold the December meeting at the Christmas party.
  4. We need to change the CVAS Constitution to have the Librarian position be renamed Historian and add the office of Assistant Treasurer.
  5. Dan Rothstein nominated as Historian.
  6. Ken Fisher was nominated as Assistant Treasurer.
  7. Last month Ian Cooper was nominated for President, Russ Swaney for Vice President, Steve Fishman for Treasurer, Ken Fisher for Observatory Director, Larry Boros for Secretary, Bob Modic for Director of Observations, Ron Baker for Editor, and today’s nominations of Ken Fisher for Assistant Treasurer, and Dan Rothstein for Historian. Since all of these nominations were uncontested, all officers were elected by acclamation.

New Business:

  1. Donations made by an attorney Daryl Hess from Alexandria, Virginia to CVAS of an assortment of various astronomical mirrors and lenses and mounts and telescopes. CWRU is donating this equipment to CVAS. CVAS will need to build a storage facility of some kind to house all of the extra telescopes, optics, and donated equipment that we have collected over the years.

  2. Observatory Park – Oberle scope is in place on pedestal on top of mount adjustment module. Larry is designing the encoder – limit switch modules and servo drive modules. Dan reported that the planetarium is taking shape.

  3. Russ Swaney talked about his work with Steve Fishman in upgrading the CVAS website to include a new look and a secure area for membership information.

  4. We had some guests from Geauga County attend the November meeting who wanted to learn more about CVAS and astronomy. They wanted to know how to join and were told to pay $48.00 per year and fog a mirror by breathing on it.

  5. Steve received a letter in the PO Box from the Western Reserve Junior Service League. They are hosting a Candlelight Ball-Starry, Starry Night on December 11 for 200 guests with a silent auction/raffle to raise money for Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula county non-profits. They asked if would donate a star-gazing session for the highest bidder in the silent auction. The membership agreed to offer a star party with several qualifications such as limiting attendees to 20-30, and selecting a date, time and place of our choosing. Preferred sites include The Rookery or Frohring Meadows. Ian will contact Geauga to get their OK to use one of their sites. Potential dates are May 14 or May 21.
  6. Our next meeting will be at the Christmas Party on Saturday December 4th at Joe Petrick’s home. Ian will contact the Geauga Park District to advise them we will not use the Sunnybrook facility for the December meeting.

Bill Hathaway from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland attended tonights meeting. He is a long-time friend of Ian and works on the observing schedule of the Hubble Space Telescope. He gave a brief presentation of the scheduling process after the meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM. No observing due to cloudy skies, including the 5 inches of snow that dumped on the east side of Cleveland that day.

Our next meeting at Sunnybrook will be January 8, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora