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We Observe - by A. Mallama

Update November 12, 2005

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

November 2005 Edition

Meeting called to order at 2:30 PM. About 14 members and 2 guests were present. This meeting was held in the library at Pen Glen.

Officer Reports

Secretary:

October minutes are on our web site.

Treasurer:

Bank – Member dues were summarized. $1,185.01 in Bank, Petty Cash - $62.00, Electric Fund - $1,452.00 Total - $2,699.01

1. Paid $49 phone bill.
2. Paid $149 quarterly insurance.


Observatory Director:

Pretty quiet at the Hill this month. Don Himes did some video of Mars with the 16 inch. Larry had his 22 up there too. Some additional tree work was done to clear for the power lines and two utility poles were installed at a cost of $300. (Quite a bargin. Good job Larry!) Further work on power will have to wait until spring.

I am in the process of building a new south door for the main building. The one that is there is too far gone to make it worth fooling with. I hope to have this painted and installed before the end of the month.

Good progress has been make on remotely controlling the dome across the internet. There is now software control of 8 AC power outlets in the dome. Two computers have been replaced with ones that will boot when AC power comes on. The laptop that runs the main camera and the
autoguider will power itself up when it sees a special packet on the network. This has all been tested and seems to work rather well. The shutter can be opened and closed under software control and the dome can be rotated and will stop at the home position to apply power to the shutter. I am having a good time with this.

Director of Observations:

Bob passed around copies of the November CVAS Monthly Sky Calendar and discussed the details. Mars is prime. Earl reported a double rainbow. For Bob's complete observation report, please visit the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Editor:

No update.

Old Business:

Oberle Observatory - No meetings for two months. Waiting for proposals to present.

Election of officers. No change from last year. Prez - Steve Kainec. VP - Dan Rothstein. Secretary - Larry Boros. Treasurer - Steve Fishman. Editor - Earl Green. Observatory Director - Marty Niemi. Director of Observations - Bob Modic.

New Business:

Larry filed formal complaint with PUCO against First Energy in October requesting full cut off Salem residential street lights and optional shields on flood lights.

A discussion of our OTAA date. June 24 is new moon weekend, but that is also the weekend where a star party will be held at Cherry Springs in Pennsylvania. That is a very dark-sky site, about 4 hours from Indian Hill.
June 17 was also discussed. We'll make a final decision in the next couple of meetings.

Visitors:

2 Visitors.

Motion to adjourn at 3:55 PM.


Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora