Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting March 3, 2017


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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting March 3, 2017

President Deneen called the March Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:40 PM.  There were 6 board members present and 10 club members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.  There were 2 guests; Dwight Lanpher and Tams Redfield.


Minutes of the February business meeting were approved by acclamation.


Treasurer Sampson 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.  He He also reminded members that dues are dues are due as of March 1st.  He will send out a dues notice to the list server.


There are currently 103 members in good standing. There were two new members present.

Merrimack College:

Dave Aucoin opened one night, but later clouded out.

Salem University:

Dennis Gudzevich reported that the observatory opened on February 26th with 46 guests.  He was closed the rest of the month due to weather and Presidents day. If you have any interest is assisting Dennis at the observatory contact him via the list server.

Star Party Committee:

The first star party of the year was at the Proctor School in Topsfield on February 28th. The skies were clear and the winds died down just as the observing started.  Dick Luecke warmed up the crowd of about 60 students and parents with a presentation about what they would see outside.

Telescopes were provided by John Gall, John Hobbs, Michael Deneen, and John Brucker, as well as Dick brought his out after the presentation.  Brewster set up the club’s loaner 10″ Bob Seibel Dob to catch views of a fantastic Venus crescent above the tree tops. The moon and Orion nebula were other crowd favorites.

Upcoming star parties:

Battis Farm Amesbury Public Event March 21, cloud date 23rd

St. John’s Prep Danvers held at Endicott Park March 28, cloud date 30th

Crane Estate, Ipswich MA, Saturday Aril 1st

Salem Science Night, April 6th rain or shine

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. We are also looking for any members who would like to assist at Merrimack College Observatory.


Election Chairman Richard Leucke presented the slate of officers to be elected.  There were no additional members running.  The Slate was:

President—Michael Deneen

Vice President— Richard Leucke

Treasurer—Ron Sampson

Secretary—John Hobbs

Membership Chairman—Ray Ferland

The slate of candidates was approved by Acclamation.

Two members were nominated for Members at Large.

Bryan Stone

Dan Smoody

The positions of Members at Large were approved by acclamation

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.  He will obtain new permits for 2017.

Dennis Gudzevich indicated that the Salem Observatory is being featured in the upcoming University magazine.

NEAF is the weekend of April 7th.


Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by Sean Walker, equipment editor of Sky and Telescope Magazine, who will discuss the roundabout way he became involved in an all-sky hydrogen-alpha survey. The MDW Hydrogen-Alpha Sky Survey (MDW Survey for short) is an ongoing project to create a deep, high-resolution, H-alpha image of the entire night sky. The project is being undertaken by three New England-based friends and astrophotographers – David Mittelman, Dennis di Cicco, and Sean Walker (MDW) – using a pair of remotely operated telescopes in New Mexico.

Board Meeting will be Wednesday, March 15th at 8 PM via Google Hangout.

Meeting adjourned 9:17 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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