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Updated Nov. 7, 2010

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

October 2010 Edition

The meeting was called to order by President Ian Cooper at 7:15 pm on October 2 , 2010 at Indian Hill Observatory. 13 members were present.

Officer Reports


No report.


No report.


September minutes are posted on the website and there were some copies available at the meeting. The minutes were approved with no changes.


Steve read off the dues update by member.

Cash in Bank - $2,370.10. Petty Cash - $32.00, Total Cash - $2,402.10.
For the month we paid:

- telephone in the amount of $51.96
- electricity $25.61
- insurance. $325

Observatory Director:

Rented trencher a couple of weeks ago and installed one new pole with electrical outlets. Russ ordered intercoms for between the Northern and Southern observatories. GFI electrical posts are painted white. Motion passed to reimburse Russ Swaney $250.00 for expenses incurred. The ten inch mirror is being recoated at a cost of $110.00 The 16 inch scope computer control that is mounted to the pier sometimes does not boot up properly.


Nothing to report.

Director of Observations:

Bob handed out the monthly sky calendar and discussed the events this month. Venus is still visible but not for long as it goes between the earth and the Sun. The first week of October will be best. Mars not much to look at. It is very tiny and dim. Pluto is visible with an 8 inch telescope. Neptune is visible as a small pale blue disc. Jupiter is the best planet to look at since it is still near opposition. It is very bright and large. The red spot is easier to see now.

For the complete report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Light Pollution Report

No update this month


One visitor showed up, Bob Heym from Jefferson Ohio, and he joined this evening.

Old Business:

  1. The 10 inch cave was really abused. Larry has repaired the broken leg of the telescope
  2. Ian is trying to get CVAS baseball hats made up. Larry will put Ian in touch with Keith Vicars at the ORCO Sportsmans Association who just purchased some really nice hats. Russ talked to Aaron about adapting the logo to a baseball hat.
  3. Seventy-nine people attended the star party at Frohring Meadows in September.

New Business:

  1. The Christmas Party will be hosted by Joe Petrick. A date is to be selected .

  2. Steve received an e-mail from Clyde at the Natural History Museum to help out at the Saturday October 16 th Earth Day event from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We will have a table or two set up. Steve is looking volunteers to help. We will be handing out literature and will have a few small telescopes there. The Shafran planetarium has been upgraded and will be open that day.

  3. We obtained a handicap parking sign that will be placed by the Kunkle Commode.

  4. Dan Rothstein brought books for members to take home. He has moved out of the house he lived in for 54 Years. So he has lots of stuff to find new homes for including a large magnifying condenser lens.

  5. Observatory Park is taking shape with the construction of the observatory and public building. The Oberle telescope objective and right angle mirrors need to be re-coated and are being sent to Iowa City Coating. The optical tube has been ground down smooth and will look a lot smoother after painting. Larry is providing assistance on the Oberle telescope drive and guidance system. An Argo Navis computer will provide navigation to about 20,000 objects and drive a ServoCat drive system to an accuracy of 20,000 addresses per 360 degrees. Any PC or MAC running a planetarium software package can connect to the ServoCat via USB and send coordinates to the Argo Navis when it is in Planetarium mode. The telescope base mounting is designed and is being built.

    Nassau observatory was struck by lightning some years ago and the electronics were damaged. It will need to be retrofitted with a new computer and drive systems. The spectrograph was removed by CWRU before turning the observatory over to the Park District.

Our next meeting is November 6 at Sunnybrook Preserve at 7:30 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm. Rainy night, so no observing.

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora