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Update October 2, 2005

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

October 2005 Edition

Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM. About 15 members and 1 guest were present.

Officer Reports


September minutes are on our web site.


Bank – Member dues were summarized. $1248.78 in Bank, Petty Cash - $82.00, Electric Fund - $1,400.00 Total - $2,730.78

1. Paid $16 phone bill.
2. Paid Keith another $300 for the land - Balance is $6,600

Observatory Director:

Marty reported 1) he planed the door on the john and installed a spring so it now closes securely, 2) the grass was cut, 3) the door to the observation room needs to be replaced because it is rotting inside and 4) he was able to remotely control the dome/telescope/computers using our new DSL connection. Additional testing to be done.

We are still waiting for a response from First Energy on the availability of used electrical poles and triplex. Jack Smith said he would contact his sources at First Energy, in addition to Larry's efforts to complete this phase of the project.

Director of Observations:

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

Steve passed around copies of the CVAS Monthly Sky Calendar.

Dan reported that aurora was seen at the Black River convention on September 10.


No update.

Old Business:

Oberle Observatory - No meeting with the Geauga Park District in September. The Park selected an architect and planner and will meet with them soon to discuss specifics on the site and observatory building.

Larry reported that he and Chuck Knox tested the 36 inch Nassau scope in September.

Light Pollution - John Gorka noted the use of full cut-off fixtures on I-90 at Cleveland's west side.

Grants/Solicit funding. Rob Engle noted he would help write up a grant request. The Club needs to write and agenda/plan of action to get the process started.

Beartown Lakes star party happened on September 23 under partly cloudy skies.

The October 6 Holden Arboretum event is cancelled.

New Business:

Nomination of officers. All agreed that current officers will be renominated. Additional nominations were requested. Steve Fishman nominated Tom Quesinbery

October 20 lecture at Cleveland Museum of Natural History.


1 visitor, David Mihalic joined this evening.

Motion to adjourn at 8:05 PM.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora