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Update September 7, 2007

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

September 2007 Edition

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm on September 1, 2007 at the Indian Hill Observatory. 15 members were present.

Officer Reports


Minutes from the August 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 - $1,363.10, Petty Cash - $30.00, Total Cash - $1,393.10

For the month, we paid the insurance premium in the amount of $30.00, telephone in the amount of $51.00 and electricity at $8.20. We also made our quarterly $300 land payment. The balance is $4,200. We collected $250 for the Super Star Party at Penitentiary Glen.

Vice President:

No report.

Observatory Director:

No report.


Tom provided the September /October 2007 edition of the Valley Skywatcher.


No visitors. .

Old Business:

  1. Tom reported that the Geauga Park District is interested in doing a joint fund raising event. Tom will follow up. .
  2. Ron provided a recap of the Lake MetroParks Super Star Party held 8/18. According to the staff at the park, over 600 attendees were present at this event in spite of the overcast skies. CVAS was well represented with over 15 members and 15 scopes. Many attendees made their way to the observing field to discuss equipment. Vickie, Ron, and Larry provided astronomy related talks at the pavilion with over 100 people in attendance.

    In addition, Vickie ran 2 star labs late in the evening. Ron expressed appreciation to the CVAS members who participated in this event, and especially to Vickie Ford for all her time and effort over the last 6 months planning and organizing the various activities with the park staff. Thank you also to the Lake County MetroParks for giving CVAS the opportunity to participate again this year..
  3. Steve F read a letter he received from the Lake County MetroParks. The letter is an expression of appreciation to CVAS by the park system for our participation in the Super Star Party this year. Click the following link to see the letter . You will need the Adobe software to read the .pdf format.
  4. Steve F was contacted by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History with the request that CVAS join the museum to celebrate Earth Science Day October 19, 2007 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. We decided to participate. Steve F will respond to the museum. We were also asked to participate in a September 15 event from 11 AM to 4 PM. At least 1 member volunteered.
  5. We received our annual insurance bill for $365, same as last year. It is due October 6. Given the changes to the equipment this past year (3 telescopes in the north observatory), Steve F and Russ will come up with a revised property list to be insured, then contact the agent for a revised quote. The policy includes a $1,000,000 liability insurance. Dan R. made a motion to pay for the new insurance policy. Tom seconded this motion. The motion passed.

New Business:

  1. No new business .

Director of Observations:

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

Steve F described his successful attempts at photographing the recent lunar eclipse. Here's a movie, comprised of about 150 still images. They were taken with an Olympus 8080 digital camera using the camera's digital zoom. They quality and focus are marginal, but this 80 second video clearly shows the phase change as the moon slowly is covered by the earth's shadow. Many observers noted a turquoise color near totality, which this video shows on several frames. At our location in Northeast Ohio, the moon set in full eclipse around 6:30 local daylight savings time or 10:30 UT. Sorry, the video is available only in a Windows Media Player format.

Bob set a personal record in August by imaging 19 of the 31 days in the month, with thousands of images. Anyone have an extra-large hard drive laying around? On several nights in August Bob succeeded in obtaining images of several eclipses/occultations of various moons of Uranus. This is an ongoing project Bob is working on, with many more opportunities in the months ahead.

Bob, Vickie, and Ron attempted to observe an asteroid occultation that was predicted to pass over NE Ohio just after midnight on August 13, 2007. Bob used a CCD camera and video camera with the 16” Newtonian and 8” Schmidt Newtonian telescopes in the South observatory at the hill. We also tried to observe the occultation visually with an 8” Newtonian set up outside the observatory. Unfortunately, the shadow missed the hill. Reports of the miss (both visually & with images) were subsequently reported to IOTA.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm .

Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora