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We Observe - by A. Mallama

Update July 6, 2004

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

Sept 2004 Edition

Treasurer:

Bank - $1839.81, Petty Cash - $90.00, Total - $1,928.81

1. Paid $17 phone bill.

2. Paid $146 for the Insurance.

Observatory Director:

  1. The 12" LX200 is temporary out of action while it's motherboard is being worked on, should have this back shortly. For now, Marty has mounted Jim Brownfield's 6" refractor telescope to the pier in the dome. This setup can be used by anyone after they have had some training on how to use it, see Marty.

  2. Dan has continued working on the path going from the field to the top of the hill. Marty plans on put down some gravel on this section soon.
  3. The cradle for Denny's 12" scope is about done.
  4. The RA motor on Denny's 10" Caves scope has been replaced, the telescope and mount is ready for use by anyone.
  5. The door to the commode needs to be planed down.

Director of Observations:

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

Observations for past month:

Actually had some clear nights in the past month, so some observing was done for a change. Some reported seeing a "cloud" that was created from fuel being dumped by a satellite recently. Bob Modic reported seeing the satellite and upper stage rocket in the cloud through a telescope. Some viewing of the Perseids were done.

Editor:

No Report.


Old Business:

  1. Light Pollution - Larry Boros reported that he has completed his article "Smart People - Dumb Lighting" and provided copies to the Ohio Municipal League, the Mentor Chamber of Commerce, Mentor City Council, Mentor Planning Commission, and Mentor Board of Zoning Appeals. Because of the photographs in this Word document, it weighs in at about 8 megs and is too large to e-mail. Larry will provide a CD ROM of it to anyone who asks and plans on sending a copy to Dave Crawford at IDA. Also on lighting, the new Heisley Road overpass has full cut off lighting and it looks pretty good.
  2. Larry has not heard back from Kim Wolfe of First Energy since his August 24th e-mail to her concerning getting our own electric hookup to the hill. He plans on sending another e-mail to her to get the estimating process started.
  3. Larry reports that he hopes to get some work done on looking into the club getting a grant when time permits.
  4. Dan Rothstein reported on the meeting with the Geauga Park board for the 25" Oberle Telescope. They had the architect who designed the Wilderness Observatory come in. They plan on seeing this in the near future. Dan has been out to the proposed site, north of our observatory, a couple times and report that the lights from Pioneer Water Land is not a problem. The lights from Chardon are more of a problem.
  5. Club member, Bobby Weitzner, reported that his Science fair project titled Astrophotography and Filters, was selected as one of 400 semi-finalists in the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge in Washington D.C. This competition had 75,000 entries. Now it will go through another phase of where they will select 40 finalists. Congratulations Bobby!

New Business:

  1. At the October meeting, we will take nominations for club officers for next year.
  2. Went over calendar. Up coming events include star parties at Nassau on Sept 10th (cloud date on the 11th) and at Ridgeview Farm on October 1st. The Ridgeview farm event is rain or shine and is primary for the Amish community. Jack Smith is estimating this event was be pretty big we will need a few telescopes. Ridgeview farm is on Rt87, 3 ½ miles east of Middlefield.
  3. The Surplus Shed has some new 2" eyepieces for sale. Larry Boros bought a 53mm, 62mm, and 80mm. They are all Plossls and all lenses are coated. All three are threaded for filters. The 53 and 62 cost $47.50 each and the 80mm cost $39.50. Their telephone number is 1-877-7SURPLUS. Their website is www.surplusshed.com.
  4. Larry is giving a Powerpoint presentation on Recreational Astronomy to the Cleveland Section of the Amercian Welding Society on Tuesday , September 14. This will be at the Hellenic Club at 4548 West Wallings Road in North Royalton. The presentation has a lot of great photos and is designed to recruit.

Visitors:

Had a few people checking out the club, no one joined.


Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora