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We Observe - by A. Mallama
Updated Sept. 23, 2010
The Valley SkyWatcher Magazine
A Publication of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 11 Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
September 2010 Edition
The meeting was called to order by President Ian Cooper at 7:33:pm on September 4, 2010 at Indian Hill Observatory. 15 members was present.
Larry stated that the August minutes were posted on the CVAS website. The minutes were approved with no changes.
Steve read off the dues update by member.
Cash in Bank - $2,534.77. Petty Cash - $169.00, Total Cash - $2,703.77.
For the month we paid:
- telephone in the amount of $51.96
- electricity $25.61
No Report. Asked about operating condition of the 16 inch. It seems to be operating now. Moisture and lack of use might make the computer more difficult to start up. Ian proposed that the 16” mount should be replaced. He believes that the declination axis may not be perpendicular to the ascension axis.
Dan said the latest version of the Skywatcher is on the website. Dan passed out copies to the members present. There is an article about summer double stars by George Gliba. There are articles by Ron Baker on light curves for 1700 Zvezdara and Dan Rothstein on astronomical alignments to megalithic sites in Ireland. Dan asked for more articles from the membership. Ron suggested that the Skywatcher be published on our website instead of just being downloadable. Issues should be let to accumulate on the website. Dan will continue with the constellation quizzes.
Director of Observations:
Bob was not present at this meeting. Copies of his monthly sky calendar for September 2010 were handed out.
For the complete report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.
Light Pollution Report
No update this month
Tim and Dave Mahoning were visitors who visited back in 1983 when the 16” was new.
- Ian – We participated in the Super Star Party again this year but it was mostly clouded over. There was about 15 minutes of partially clear sky. We should not work under contract anymore and work on a best effort basis for the $250 donation. We also had a star party at Geauga's Chickagami Park in Parkman Township.
Dan and Steve made a slide presentation at a daytime picnic held by the Cuyahoga County Adult Activities Center in Beachwood. They had a space theme this year, which included a visit by a NASA speaker and the rocket car from the old Euclid Beach Park.
- The CAVE telescope was damaged by those who it was loaned out to. The primary mirror has a stain that may have to be polished out. One leg was broken and the finish on most of the telescope has corroded and deteriorated badly. The mirror will be shipped out to have it recoated.
- Neil Degrasse Tyson will be at the Ohio Theater on September 21st
- Dan talked about the Oberle observatory and Larry showed photos. Larry designed the base module for mounting the Oberle scope.
- The Geauga Park District is having a luncheon on Wednesday September 8th to review progress to date at Observatory Park. It is also hosted by Hummel Construction who is building the site.
- Phil Sherman got a hold of Atilla Danko, the developer of the Clear Sky Charts. He changed the Clear Sky Chart link to Observatory Park instead Nassau Station. He also added a link to Indian Hill Observatory.
- We have a star party at Frohring Meadows on September 17 th at 7:00.
- Steve said that our insurance (due October 2010) is still costing $325 per year and covers $5800 in buildings, $ 14,900 business personal property, loss of income and auxiliary structures $20,000. We need to discuss if this coverage fits our needs. Motion made and passed to pay insurance bill.
- Ian asked if the membership is still interested in CVAS baseball caps. He will contact Karen Morgan and have her make up a logo for the caps.
- Dan and Sam picked up a 12” Meade fork mount GPS for free at the Stellafane flea market. Dan reported 2 of the clearest nights he has ever seen at Stellafane.
Our next meeting is October 2 at Indian Hill Observatory at 7:00 PM.
Meeting adjourned at 8:19 pm. Skies were cloudy, so no observing.