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Update October 8, 2007

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

October 2007 Edition

The meeting was called to order at 7:20 pm on October 6, 2007 at the Indian Hill Observatory. 18 members and 3 visitors were present. Just for future readers, it was a t-shirt and shorts night. The temperature was in the mid to upper 80's this day. In most other October meetings, it is much colder. In October 2000, we had 2 inchs of "thunder"snow.

Officer Reports


Minutes from the September meeting are on the CVAS website. No additions or corrections were noted by the members present .


Steve provided the following financial data:

Cash in Bank - $1,081.02, Petty Cash - $85.00, Total Cash - $1,164.02

For the month, we paid the annual insurance premium in the amount of $365.00, telephone in the amount of $50.00 and electricity at $7.20. The next payment on the land contract is December 2007.

Vice President:

Dan Rothstein reported on the status of Geauga County ’s proposed Observatory Park . Plans to start construction next spring are being made. Currently, funds are available to start building the driveway and other site improvements. Completion of the project and staffing are several years down the road contingent on funding.

Observatory Director:

Steve F. posted an ad on AstroMart last month to sell the 14 inch Dob. Marty reported that 2 people have expressed interest in it but backed out for various reasons. We will re-list the ad on the Astro-mart page.

Russ painted the outside of the North observatory, and Marty and Russ have prepared the building for the coming winter season by improving the weather proofing.

There was a discussion about the secondary access road running to the top of the hill at the east end of the property. Due to the road’s rough nature and concern about further erosion, a blockade in the form of rocks was placed there last month. A suggestion was made to reopen the drive to allow vehicles to only drive down the road. Marty noted that he filled the area during the year after installing the electric line and thought that driving down the slope would not lend to significant erosion. Driving up the slope and spinning tires would cause most of the damage. There were no objections to opening up the road.


No report. .


John Santiago-Wild visited the club for the first time, and joined the club after the meeting. 2 additional visitors who have been to the Hill before also attended. .

Old Business:

  1. Tom intends to send a letter of support, prepared by Vickie, to the Geauga Park District expressing CVAS’s support of the proposed Observatory Park project. The park is planning a star party scheduled for 9/27/08 at the Observatory Park site on Clay Street with CVAS members participating. In addition, the Observatory Park planning committee has asked CVAS to also provide a couple of scopes and members several times next year once the site in accessible . .
  2. In Vickie’s absence, Ron acknowledged a letter Vickie wrote to the Lake MetroParks thanking the park for giving CVAS the opportunity to participate in the Super Star Party held 8/18/07. Click here to see Vickie's letter to the Metropark.. .
  3. Steve F reported on the passing of long time member since 1986, Earl Green. The members of CVAS would like to express our sincerely condolences to Earl’s family and friends .

New Business:

  1. Tom presented CVAS’s “Backbone Award” to Marty Niemi, Observatory Director, for his hard work and dedication over the years. The members present responded with a hearty show of support. Well deserved, Marty.
  2. Bob reported a new star party calendar date at the Rookery (separate from our monthly meeting) on a Friday night in February 2008. Date will be published soon.
  3. Elections for CVAS officers for 2008 will be held at the regular monthly business meeting next month Monday November 5 at the Rookery. At the meeting tonight, Tom Quesinberry was nominated for president by Larry Boros and accepted, Dan Rothstein was nominated for vice president by Tom Quesinberry and accepted. In addition, Tom asked the remaining officers if any would decline nominations to continue in their present capacities. No current officer indicated they would decline a nomination with the exception of the secretary who indicated his preference would be for another member to take on the secretaries responsibilies in 2008. During the next month, members are encouraged to provide Tom and/or Ron the names of members they would like to nominate.

Director of Observations:

Bob reviewed his monthly report for October. For his complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Several members attended the Black Forest star party at Cherry Springs last month under rainy Friday night skies and a partly cloudy cold Saturday during the weekend of September 15.

Ron reported observing a lunar grazing occultation with the 16” telescope at Indian Hill on the evening of September 19. The moon was at first quarter about 15 degrees up in the SSW. The light from the 8 th mag star was blocked temporarily by irregularities in the moon’s limb over several minutes. The occultation was timed and reported to IOTA

Meeting adjourned at nautical twilight.

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October 30, 2003 Aurora