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Updated October 4, 2009

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

October 2009 Edition

The meeting was called to order by President Ian Cooper at 7:09 pm on 10/03/09 at the Indian Hill Observatory. 12 members were present.

Officer Reports


The minutes from the September meeting are posted on the website. No additions or corrections were noted by the members present.


Steve Fishman. provided the following financial data:

Cash in Bank - $1,413.52, Petty Cash - $65.00, Total Cash - $1,478.52. .

For the month we paid:

- telephone in the amount of $51.77,
- electricity $30.17.
- Annual insurance for $325.
- $500 land payment. $300 was the standard payment and we had a couple of $100 donations allocated to the land. Remaining balance is $1,000
- Lawn mower repair (Belt) for $30.

We also had $1,000 donated to reimburse Marty for the $1,600 Gemini system. Marty was paid the $1,000 this evening.

There was discussion about the high cost of the electric bill, Larry agreed to check on the original agreement to see if we are being billed correctly

Vice President:

Nothing to Report

Observatory Director:

The Gemini system is all connected to the PC and the 6 inch is running well. Russ provided a new cable that corrected the previous problem.  The upgrade was necessary to allow for easy and accurate telescope control using the hand paddle or computer software. With the upgrade to the mount, the setup is easy to use and particularly suitable for visual observing.

Marty obtained and installed the upgrade, and Russ has offered to head up fund raising activities to generate the necessary money to reimburse Marty.

There is a manual in the 6” observatory - P
lease read it first if you want to run the 6”.  Replaced a limit switch for the dome operation. 

Ken has been cutting the grass. Everything is functional. President Ian Cooper suggested that the next project needs to be improving the shed and the commode.

Need to find a home for Denny’s 12.5 inch tube and tripod.  (Ian agreed to take home.)   Also have Earl’s `10 inch LX200 in the warm room.  Russ has overhauled it and it is in good running order and sitting in the warm room.   We also need to find a home for Denny’s 10 inch cave and the 14.5 inch that was built as a project at Lakeland CC.  The mirror on the 14” needs recoating.  Maybe we can make a road trip to a coater with some mirrors. 


No visitors were present.

Old Business:

  1. Steve Fishman presented the deed for the property for all to see. The property is in CVAS's name.

New Business:

  1. Ian received a letter from Tom Curtin of Geauga Parks thanking CVAS for our help with their Celebration of Stars fundraiser. The letter thanked the members who brought scopes and stated that their guests were impressed with the knowledge of the club members
  2. Geauga Parks is planning to pass a resolution to honor CVAS at their meeting on Oct. 13th at 5:00 at Big Creek Park.  They plan to present the club with a plaque and would like as many club members as possible to attend and have their picture take..
  3. Geauga Parks has requested a Star Party for Friday Oct. 23 at Frohring Meadows. Set up 7:30, program 8:00 – 10:00.
  4. Geauga would also like a Star Party at the Rookery on either March 19 or 26th. With discussion it was agreed that the 19th would be closer to the new moon.
  5. Ian expressed concern regarding the storage of all the telescopes that have been donated to the club. More space is needed.  With discussion it was agreed that due to current limitations it would be good if club members would be able to store some at their homes if they have room.
  6. Larry Boros recommended a life time membership for Marty Niemi who is stepping down as Observatory Director after many years of service. Marty expressed appreciation for this honor but declined, expressing concern for club finances
  7. Nominations for officers was held with the following club members nominated.  Ian Cooper  for president, Tom Quesinberry for VP, Ken for Observatory Director, Steve Fishman for Treasurer, Larry Boros for Secretary, and Bob Modic for Director of Observations.
  8. President Ian Cooper distributed copies of the CVAS constitution with suggestions for revision, club members were asked to read over the constitution, consider the revisions and vote their opinion
  9. Ian also informed the group that there has been a request from Marianna Branch of Kingsville Library to have telescopes and an educational speaker on Thursday Nov. 12th at the library in Ashtabula.  She would also like a winter solstice star party around Dec 20th.  Ian suggested that the club require donations for these types of events.
  10. Mariah suggested moving the winter meetings to the first Saturday each month (from our current first month Monday). Several members agreed with the suggestion. Ian will ask Geauga Parks if The Rookery is available on Saturdays, or ask about availability at another site.
  11. Nominations for officers was held:

    - Prez. Ian Cooper
    - Vice Prez. Tom Quisenbery
    - Treasurer. Steve Fishman
    - Secretary. Larry Boros
    - Observatory Director. Ken Fisher
    - Director of Observations. Bob Modic.

Director of Observations:

Bob was not present but provided his monthly observation report for October. For Bob’s complete report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website. The Monthly Sky Calendar page on our website has been completely revised and updated, and contains details and images which complement Bob’s monthly meeting reports.

The meetings now move to winter location. Next meeting is Monday 11/2/09 at The Rookery - NOTE: See New Business item 10. If there is a Date/Time Change, members will be notified by email and/or phone to confirm.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Skies were cloudy and prevented viewing after the meeting

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora