Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting September 7, 2015
President Burke called the September Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:30 PM. There were six members present plus three board members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official
Minutes of the August business meetings were approved by acclamation.
There are currently 101 members in good standing.
Early Meeting Announcements:
Open forum on the agenda after New Business
Dennis Gudzevich indicated that the observatory will open September 14th. He can open any time for special events.
News, Correspondence, and Upcoming Activities:
Star Party Committee:
After having been rained/clouded out for 5 different dates, we finally got the Hamilton-Wenham Library star party in.
The evening started with a presentation indoors by Brewster LaMacchia called “Planets, Moons, and Craters – a guide to looking for life in the Solar System“. Despite the clouds during setup, the sky cleared by 8:30 so the crowd of 50 or so guests could be treated to views of the moon, Saturn, M8, M13, M31, M27, M57, and an assortment of other objects.
Club members John Hobbs, Michael Deneen, David Aucoin, and Brewster LaMacchia provided telescopes. David brought two, one connected with an imaging setup to display on his laptop and the other for visual use.
Club member John Brucker also attended; John will be helping the library add a telescope to their lending program. They are using the same scope and materials pioneered by NHAS (see http://nhastro.com/ltp.php if you’re not familiar with this.
More about the night’s event and some pictures here:
We have two events planned in September, please see the club calendar for details:
The Chelmsford Land Trust event that was clouded out last month has been rescheduled for September 15th.
The Battis Farm event is our biggest public event of the year, as well as being a pretty good site to observe from. We’ll need 8+ scopes for that so if you’ve been on the fence about coming out to a Star Party make one or both nights (Sep 18/19) the night to come out.
John Hobbs has will get back to the Town to look into other locations in Boxford for club viewing. He contacted the Boxford DPW again to see if we can get the light in front of the West Boxford Library turned off or have a switch installed. He will keep us posted on the progress. Several members have tried the site and found it acceptable and would be better if the front light can be turned off.
The club still would like to find other volunteers to do star party presentations. If anyone is interested please contact Brewster LaMacchia.
John Hobbs has submitted the written request to the Amesbury Parks and Recreation Committee for use of Battis Farms Site.
Coffee and cookies were provided. The Entertainment for the evening was a short talk by Richard Leucke on his work with the Park Rangers at Acadia National Park in Maine.
The September Board meeting will be at a date to be determined.
Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM.
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC