Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting September 5, 2014

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting September 5, 2014

President Hocker called the September Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 8:12 PM.  There were eleven members present plus five Board members.   There was a quorum.  Meeting was official.


Minutes of the August Business meeting were approved by acclamation.


No report


There are 94 members in good standing.

Early Meeting Announcements:

Open forum on the agenda after New Business

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College:

No report

Salem University:

The observatory is open for the winter.  Dennis and his son installed the Peterson Engineering Easy Focuser kit onto the telescope. The focuser worked much better. The observatory will open Monday the 7th of September.

News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:

Star Party Committee:

August Events:
Endicott Park, Danvers, hosted in conjunction with the Peabody Library, Danvers. There was a presentation to about 35 people and around 50+ for observing.  There was a campfire and folk singer too.
Maudslay State Park, Newburyport had about 30+ people, great location – big open field with about is little light pollution as you’ll find inside of 495 (i.e. Milky Way was just about visible).
Thank you to the volunteers that assisted at these events.

September Calendar:
Our club’s one “public” star party this fall, held in conjunction with the Essex Trails and Sails weekends, will be on Friday Sept 19 and Sept 26, weather permitting.  Our event is now *first* in the event listings (Amesbury, Explore the night sky) instead of being 100 entries down like before. I don’t have a signup count yet but will provide an update.  We will be holding this event at Battis Farm in Amesbury. For those that came to the spring star party there this is a good location – big open field and again about as little light pollution as you can find near 495.I’ll provide more details closer to the event, but please mark your calendars with these dates and come out and share your passion for observing with the public.

A Brook’s faculty Star Party/observatory open house is planned for Tuesday, September 30th. A number of details remained to be worked out

Other fall star parties:
So far only two school requests, from Elementary Schools in Beverly and Newburyport.

For those on the Star Party Volunteer list: I’ve gotten some good feedback about my use of Survey Monkey for signing up for events.  If you have any ideas for making it easier please let me know. Or maybe I could switch to something like Meetup – though with school events there’s an issue of keeping them “members” only.

Telescope Clinic:

No activity.

YAP Program:

No report.

Old Business:

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

Also, we need more volunteers for the operation of the telescope at Merrimack College. If interested contact either Kevin Ackert or Fred Sammartino.

The town of Groveland has finalized the acquisition of “Strawberry Fields” and we have a permit to use the area on four nights in September; the 19th and 20th and the 26th and 27th.

John Hobbs has contacted the ranger at the dark park and has renewed the permit for the club use of the park. The conditions of use are that at least one member has a permit with him and that someone calls the park and the Hamilton police department that members will be there. Permits were available for handout and anyone not at the meeting can email John Hobbs at secretary@nssac.org.

The repository for NSAAC documents and emails has been setup on Gmail by Brewster.  It allows board members to retrieve items.  Non-board members can contact a board member for special items.

It is calendars and book time again and Dennis Gudzevich has sent out an email asking for items members want to purchase.  Orders need to be in Dennis’s hands by Saturday September 20th.

New Business:

Claudia Keller, from the Brooks School, said the south gate will be open at future meetings and members don’t have to go by the security office.  She indicated that we might want to use another class room that also has a projector, but not as nice seats.  Maylo Keller mentioned that the school has several scopes including a few C8’s and a few others.  He also found a 16 inch DOB with a red tube; members thought it might be an old Coulter Dob.

The evening’s entertainment was looking at the various other scopes at Brooks School and a visit to the observatory to see the Meade 12 inch telescope and dome.

The May Board meeting date will be Monday September 15th at 7:30 PM at location TBD.

Meeting adjourned 9:45 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC



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