The Celestial Observer – May, 2013

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From the President


Kevin brought his recently updated DOB for observing after the April meeting.

Thanks to everyone who attended our April Business Meeting and to those who helped with the voting for our Young Astronomer’s Program. Soon some very deserving aspiring astronomers will be using their very own telescopes and binoculars to participate in the hobby that we all love and enjoy. Each winner will also be awarded a club family membership.

Next week, a number of our clubmates will be joining me in New York for NEAF, the Northeast Astronomy Forum, which is one of the highlights of the year. Last year we had a blast and this year should be even better.

The star party season is underway and despite bad weather, we had two successful events. Thanks to all who participated.

Email me with questions or comments at

Clear skies,
Bryan Stone

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Last Months Minutes:

NSAAC Business Meeting April 5, 2013

President Stone called the March Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 8:14 PM.  There were 7 members present plus 6 Board members. There was a quorum.  Meeting was official.

Secretary: Minutes of the March meeting were approved by acclamation.

Treasurer: Treasurer’s books will not be closed until May.

Membership: Kevin Ackert announced that we have 69 paid members in good standing and 42 yet to renew.

Early Meeting Announcements: Open forum on the agenda after New Business

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College: Kandy was to open the dome for his first time but did not because of the high winds.  Bill Drown opened the 2nd Wednesday of March with 14 people.

Salem State: The observatory was closed for the whole month due to bad weather.

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:

Star Party Committee: Brewster LaMacchia said we had two star parties one for cub scouts from North Andover and the Marblehead Charter School.  Fred did a star party for 20 boy scouts at Merrimack.

Upcoming star parties are:

  • Tuesday, April 9th, Pentucket Elementary School Haverhill
  • Thursday, April 11th, Goldthwait Reservation in Marblehead, cloud dates 18th and 25th
  • Tuesday, April 23rd, Lowell, Sullivan middle school
  • Tuesday, April 30th, Holten-Richmond Middle School Danvers
  • Monday, July 15th, Little Neck Ipswich
  • Danvers Library, July date to be determined
  • Friday & Saturday, September, 20/21 and/or 27/28, Essex Heritage at Veasey Park

Telescope Clinic: Dick Luecke brought in his recently purchased 10 DOB for collimation by Bryan Stone and Bill Drown.

YAP Program: Kevin announced that the club did not get the Essex Heritage award for 2014. Kevin indicated that the club has received many applications for the YAP program. The club members read the essays and voted on who were the recipients of the scopes and binoculars. The lists of awards will be finalized at the April Board of Directors meeting.

Old Business: The club still would like to find other volunteers to do star party presentations.  If anyone is interested please contact Brewster LaMacchia.

Bill Drown indicated he was stopped by the Hamilton Police when trying to going into Dark Park and he told them he had permit to use the dark park.  We actually have yet to get an official permit.

New Business: Kevin Ackert  and Ed Burke brought up using social media for doing webinars.  Ed indicated that he will work on some proposals to be presented at a future business meeting.

Board Meeting date and time was set for 7:30 PM, Monday, April 15th at Veasey.

Meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM

Respectively submitted
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC


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.

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