Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting November 4, 2016


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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting November 4, 2016

President Deneen called the November Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:35 PM.  There were seven board members present and 8 club members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.  There were 5 guests.


Minutes of the October business meeting was approved by acclamation.


Treasurer is working on getting the books transferred from the outgoing treasurer Kevin Ackert.  Once the books are transferred the treasurer will transfer the accounts to a new bank.


There are currently 101 members in good standing. There were two new members present.

Committee Reports:

Merrimack College:

No Report

Salem University:

Dennis Gudzevich reported that the observatory opened on October 3rd with 30 visitors and on the 24th with 23 guests.  Dennis is hosting a star party at the observatory November 10th from 6:30-8 PM.  On Nov 14th he will be hosting a star party for 12 girl scouts.

Star Party Committee:

At our last public event of the year (other than we hope to get out to Boy Scout park post meeting this week) we had a great time observing.  John Hobbs, Dick Luecke, John Gall, John Brucker, and Michael Deneen were there to share views. Due to an apparent miscommunication with the LGIA the only outside visitors were two of Dick’s astronomy class students. So instead we had a chance to share views, do some field repairs (me: a dead battery with a broken connector) and learn about some new objects (me: Michael showed me Almach, a quadruple star star system).

When we arrived the thin crescent moon, Venus, and Saturn were low on the horizon and made for a visual great sight. Despite looking like a flaming ball-o-fire Mars showed a polar cap and some surface markings during the few instances of calm.

John Gall connected his OCT astro-video setup to my 11″ SCT and we experimented with imaging M15 (awesome), M11 (also good), M57 (could see the colors, but image scale made it tough to see the whole thing ), and M31 (just the center of the core fit on screen). Michael worried I was joining the dark side playing with all the gadgets.

Weather wise the forecasts were right – a high haze was present but didn’t bother things, and around 8:30 clouds were starting to show in the west.

Telescope Clinic:

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.

New Business:

John Hobbs reminded members that wish to use either Battis Farms or Dark Park that at least one member have a copy of the permits which are available from Hobbs.  Members must call the telephone numbers listed on the permits.


Entertainment for the evening was an old 1959 science fiction movie Plan 9 From Outer Space.  After the meeting several members went to the club’s observing site at Boy Scout Park for an evening of observing.

Meeting adjourned 8:50 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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