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Update October 10, 2004

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

Oct 2004 Edition


Bank - $1540.58, Petty Cash - $63.00, Total - $1,603.58

1. Paid $17 phone bill.

2. Made $300 for quarterly loan payment to Keith Richards. The balance is now at $7,800.

3. Paid Dan Rothstein $30 for miscellaneous items for Denny's 12" telescope that he is fixing up.

Observatory Director:

1. The 12" LX200 back from being repaired but is still not mounted in the dome. Marty does not have the will to try get this mounted in dome anytime soon. For now, Jim Brownfield's 6" refractor telescope is on the pier in the dome. This setup can be used anyone after they have had some training on how to use it, see Marty.

2. Marty laid 2 tons of gravel on the path going from the field to the top of the hill.

3. The cradle for Denny's 12" scope is about done. Dan tested it out before the meeting and it still needs some fine tuning.

4. Larry reported on the meeting with Kim Wolf from First Energy. They are thinking about replacing the pole across the street from the hill. If this is done, then we probably can get a used pole put in then. We would still have to pay 40% of the cost of a transformer that would be needed for us. This would run us probably around $2500. Jack Smith reports that he can get a trench dug for the power from the pole up to the hill for $1.50 per foot.

5. Marty reports a used lawn tractor with a 42" inch deck was donated to the club.

Director of Observations:

For Bob's complete observations report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Observations for past month:

Actually had some clear nights in the past month, so some observing was done for a change.


No Report.

Old Business:

1. Light Pollution - Larry Boros passed out article "Smart People - Dumb Lighting".

2. Dan Rothstein reported on the meeting with the Geauga Park board for the 25" Oberle Telescope. They went to the Wilderness Observatory and meet with the architect who designed it. It also looks like for sure that the site for the observatory will be at the new land they purchased a year ago located a couple miles north of the hill. Next they plan to start about fund raising.

New Business:

1. Held nominations for club officers for next year, current nominations are -
· President - Steve Kainec
· Vice-President - Dan Rothstein
· Treasurer - Steve Fishman
· Obervatory Directory - Marty Nemmi
· Director of Observations - Bob Modic
· Editor - Earl Green
· Secretary - Dan Rothstein and Steve Kainec

2. Went over calendar. Talked about a possible star party at Holden arboretum in the spring. Next meeting is at Penitentiary Glen at 2:30 on Sunday, November 7th. On October 27Th the Hill will be open for the total Lunar eclipse that night, weather permitting. There is also a program going on at the Natural History Museum that night, all are welcome to setup a telescope there.

3. Jack Smith asked about barrowing the club telescopes for the winter. A motion was passed that during the winter months any club member can borrow a club telescope .

4. Larry passed copies of his Powerpoint presentation on Recreational Astronomy to the Cleveland Section of the American Welding.

5. Dan thanked Sam Bennici for making the new sign for the out-house.

6. Dan was contacted by Paul Star, a former CVAS member, who is selling his 12" reflector and dome for $3000. Also someone is selling a 14 1/2 " mirror. Ask Dan for details if interested. Dan is also selling some 30mm wide angle Edmunds eyepieces and a unused Telrad.

Visitors: None
Had a few people checking out the club. No one joined.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora