The Celestial Observer – December, 2011

From the President

Our November meeting started late because we assembled the YAP scope. This was the Bushnell scope purchased by Kevin at a lower price than last year’s scopes. Many hands made assembly easy and quick, with no problems encountered.

We then had a short meeting and retired to the parking lot.

YAP Scope

All members who used the Bushnell scope thought it was as good as the Orion. We seem to have a winner and will wait for board approval before purchasing the others.


If you have questions or comments email me: president at

Clear Skies, Bill Drown, President

From the Vice-President

It’s Friday, November 11th at 11AM as I am writing this, and I just checked Clear skies and reasonable temperatures are predicted tonight and this means another fun night of stargazing with Ron “Refractor Guy” Sampson, Dan “Double Star” Smoody, and hopefully many other NSAAC members as well.

Several of our recent observing sessions have been very productive, especially with regard to Jupiter. We have seen moon shadow transits and barges, which are dark-colored elongated storms.

At our last business meeting we assembled and tested out the Bushnell 6 inch Dobsonian for potential use in our annual Young Astronomer’s Program. It is quite a capable instrument for its low price. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the hobby of astronomy. I have said this before; the best investment one can make is joining an active astronomy club with members who are willing to share their experiences.

Clear Skies,

Bryan Stone, Vice-President

NSAAC Welcomes Our New Members:

Dave Wolfendale of Westford, MA

Alan and Peter Roy of Salem, MA

Bryan Stone,

Membership Director

Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting, November 4th, 2011

President Drown called the November Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 8:20 PM. There were 2 members present plus 6 Board members. There were two visitors Peter Roy and his father Alan. There was not a quorum. Meeting was information only.



No report


Kevin announced via email that we have 101 paid members in good standing.

Early Meeting Announcements:

Open forum on the agenda after New Business

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College:

One Wednesday Jeff had the scope open. The rest of the month was cancelled for weather.

Salem State:

The observatory was open on one night with 7 visitors; cloudy the rest of the month.

Star Party Committee:

The upcoming star parties are:

  1. Monday, Nov 7th, Trahan School, Tewksbury, MA, rain date Tuesday Nov 8th
  2. Wednesday, Nov 9th, Sanborn School, Andover, MA
  3. Thursday, Nov 10th, North Reading Scouts
  4. Tuesday, Nov 15th, Collins Middle school, Salem, MA
  5. Thursday, February 11th, 2012, Andover Scouts
  6. Friday, March 23, 2012, North Reading Scouts.

Telescope Clinic:

Club members assembled the test Bushnell 6 inch DOB before the meeting.

News, Correspondence and Upcoming Activities:

No information

Old Business:

We now have keys to the two new lights at VMP and we have special keys for the switch boxes. See Ron Sampson if you would like a key for the lights. The last person leaving must turn the lights back on; especially the walkway lights.

Dark Park permit has been renewed by John Tulick, but has not been received yet. Kevin will re-contact John and get a copy.

Kevin Ackert, Bill Drown, Bryan Stone, and Ron Sampson assembled and collimated the new Bushnell 6 inch DOB for the YAP program. It will be tested after the meeting.

New Business:

No new business

Since it was clear entertainment for the evening was observing.

Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday Nov 14th at 7:30 PM at Veasey.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM

Respectfully submitted, John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

Star Party News

This month continues the star party season with four star parties scheduled this November.

All the star parties scheduled for October were cancelled due to the great New England weather.

For a list of upcoming star parties, see this month’s minutes.

The Star Party Committee would like to thank all the members who have supported our star party effort and look forward to your continued participation in the coming months.

John Hobbs,

Star Party Coordinator

Calendars and Observer’s Handbook Orders

People who have placed orders may pick up their goods at the business meeting on December 2.



Getting to Veasey Memorial Park

From Interstate 95 north, take the Route 133 west (54B) exit, and follow it into Georgetown Center. Go straight through the light, now on Route 97N. Go about 1.5 miles and take a left onto Salem Street (Tea Garden Restaurant at this intersection). Stay on Salem Street and turn left onto Washington Street. VMP is down a bit on the right. Directions to all of the NSAAC observing sites in our web site’s “Observing” section:

E-Mail Listserve

If you have email access and are an NSAAC member in good standing, you may want to subscribe to the email notification system that Lew Gramer established for the Club in 1996. This is a “members only” system that places you in contact with other members for late breaking news concerning spontaneous observing activities, outings, tech talk, etc. You can subscribe by emailing your request to the address below. Your message should look like this:

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Contact Information

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