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Update October 8, 2006

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

October 2006 Edition

Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM with 16 members present. .

Officer Reports


Minutes for the September meeting are on the CVAS website.


Member dues were summarized.

$747.90 in Bank, Petty Cash - $42.00 Electrc Fund - $0 Total - $789.90. For the month, we paid:

  • $300 to Keith for land. Balance is $5,400
  • $946 to Marty for cable and other supplies to complete phase II of the electric installation
  • $100 for the new insurance policy. We cancelled the old policy that cost us $600 a year and replaced it with a new $400 annual policy
  • $50 Monthly phone bill. DSL and local service.

Observatory Director:

Marty, Steve Mordarski, Phil Sherman, Russ Swaney, Steve Kainec and a professional electrician (Mark Pegritz) ran the electrical line from the north shed to the observatory on September 29. This completes the project to connect our observatory to the electric grid and disconnect our connection from Keith's house.

Marty and team had to remove the cement pad of the door to the warm up room in order to run the cable. Before the snow flies, he will lower the door a couple inches and pour another pad. ..

Director of Observations:

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


No update.

Guests: None.

Old Business:

  1. Oberle Scope - A Geauga Park District Project. The Park has preliminary estimates for the project and is currently in a fund raising mode. The same night as our meeting, they were holding a fund raising dinner, which CVAS member Ian Cooper was attending. Sandy Oberle, Norm's widow was also in attendence. .

New Business:

  1. Reviewed the calendar. Geauga has scheduled a February 16 star party at the Rookery. Our winter meetings starting November 6 will be held at North Chagrin Metropark. An Earth science event will be held the Natural History Museum on October 13 - Vicki may attend to represent CVAS. .
  2. Nomination of Officers. Prez (Tom Quisenberry), VP (Dan Rothstein), Director of Observations (Bob Modic), Observatory Director (Marty Niemi), Editor (Tom Quisenberry), Treasurer (Steve Fishman), Secretary (to be determined).
  3. Dan Rothsten reported that Owl Astronomy has pretty cheap eyepieces for sale. Find them at <--- Note. Site is not hotlinked.Copy and retype into your browser.
  4. Steve Fishman will coach the Mayfield High School students for the Science Olympiad 2007 event.
  5. Vicki mentioned that Dan Galdun may not be able to help coach the Mayfield Middle school students this year. Larry may also not be available. Updates in a month or 2.

Motion to adjourn at 8:15 PM. It was a very clear and cool night but one day past full moon.Comet Swan was found with binoculars 1 degree south of Cor Caroli - pretty faint because of the moon. Bob Modic attached an SBIG ST-7XME CCD Camera to the 16 inch, imaging M57 and M13 early in the evening. Larry set up his 22 inch to observe some of the brighter M objects.

5 visitors showed up after the meeting to do some observing.

Before the meeting, a confused ground hog was roaming around the parking lot. Ground hogs are naturally shy around people, but this one did not run when we tried to cfhase it into the woods. If anyone sees it, stay away from it. Could be rabid or sick.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora