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Update September 21, 2003

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

September 2003 Edition


Bank - $1,972.84, Petty Cash - $109.00, Total - $2,081.84

1. Paid Marty $850 for building materials for the new dome, still owe him another $500 and owe Larry Boros about $300. 

2. The insurance is going up from an annual rate of $447 to $560. This was to cover the new dome and telescope. This will provide about $9,000 insurance for the building and $3,000 for the telescope. The club approved the extra cost.

Observatory Director:

1. The construction for the new observatory is done. The telescope, a Meade 12" LX200, is having some problems and probably will require it to be sent in for repairs.

2. When power was installed for the new observatory, an electrical line was also run in the observing field below. Outlets were installed on posts in three different locations.

3. Jack Smith knows someone with a big chipper and has arrange for him to come out to the hill with it to help chip all the tress and branches that were cut down for the new observatory
4. A small riding lawn mower was donated to the club.

5. Small red lights were put in along the path going from the Observing field to the top of the hill.

Director of Observations:

For Bob’s complete observations report please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Observations for past month:

There were a few good nights of viewing in the past month, with most people taking the advantage of this to take in Mars. Most report seeing much detail on the planet.


The latest issue of the Valley Sky Watch was distributed.

All members of CVAS and the OTAA are encouraged to contribute ideas, articles, images and observation reports for possible inclusion in future issues of this monthly update and in the quarterly editions of The Valley SkyWatcher.

Old Business:


New Business:

1. Went over calendar, upcoming events include the Star Party at Nassau and the September 27 OTAA convention at Black River.

2. Jack Smith has asked if it all right to have one of Denny Jeffersons old telescopes, a 10" Orion Dobsonian be lent to a school nearby. No one objected to this.


Had about 20 visitors for the September meeting with the following joining the club:

John Popela & Family, Joe Cistone, Tim Repko, Dennis May, and John Stevens.

Welcome to CVAS!

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora