Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting May 6, 2016

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting May 6, 2016

President Deneen called the May Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:30 PM.  There were six members present plus five board members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.  There were five guests: Bruce Miller, George Fisher, Paul Duval and his wife Anne, and his bother Tom Duval.


Minutes of the April business meeting was approved by acclamation.


No report


There are currently 101 members in good standing.

Committee Reports:

No report:

Merrimack College:

Only clear one Wednesday, but no one was there to open the observatory.  We need to investigate why the Merrimack page was not updated.

Salem University:

Dennis Gudzevich indicated that the observatory was closed all month of April.

Star Party Committee:

Star party was held April 5th for the Newbury Public library. Dick Leucke gave a short presentation followed by observing through scopes provide by Dick Leucke, Brewster LaMacchia, and John Gall.

Fred Sammartino gave a presentation and provided observing for a group of boy scouts from Dracut on April 7th at the Merrimack Observatory.  The scouts were earning their astronomy merit badges.

On April 14th Brewster LaMacchia and Kevin Robicheau set up a table and scopes for the Salem Science Night where hundreds of parents and kids visited 40 science exhibits.

Telescope Clinic:

There was a clinic for one person with a 4 inch reflector on an equatorial mount who wanted to know how to set up and use it.  Ron Sampson provided assistance.

Old Business:

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 obtained the permit for Dark Park and is waiting for approval for Battis Farm.

New Business:

President Deneen reminded that club clothing items are available on the website and that they now include the new club logo.

The club website is now a functional website.

The Twitter account is now also functional such that each FaceBook post automatically goes out as a tweet.


Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by Paul Duval, Senior Principal Engineer at Raytheon Air Defense Systems, who gave a presentation on his visit to the German Museum to see the large accumulation of astronomy items.  The talk included descriptions of antique astronomical clocks and astrolabes, old and new telescopes, and visits to the modern telescopes in use at the museum.

Board Meeting was set for 8:00 PM as a video meeting on May 16th.

Meeting adjourned 8:00 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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