Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting August 4, 2017


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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting August 4, 2017

President Deneen called the August Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:39 PM.  There were 4 board members present and 6 club members. There were 4 guests. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.


Minutes of the June business meeting were approved by acclamation.


Treasurer Sampson is still 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 103 members in good standing.

Merrimack College:

No Report.

Salem University:

Observatory will be closed for the summer.

Star Party Committee:

Thank you to John Hobbs and Dick Luecke for bringing scopes out to the Hamilton Wenham library star party. While the skies were mostly cloud free when the presentation started, they filled in for a while. For the handful of people that waited it out after the presentation we were able to show Jupiter, Saturn and a few other objects.

Our next event is on Aug 15th in Tewksbury, see https://www.facebook.com/pg/northshoreastronomy/events/?ref=page_internal for more information. I’ll post the details closer to the event, but we will be looking for a few scopes to support the star party after the presentation.

Looking ahead in to September, please mark your calendars for NSAAC’s annual “big” public star party event that’s held as part of Essex Heritage’s Trails & Sails. http://essexheritage.org/ts

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.

Secretary Hobbs has received the permit for use of Dark Park. Contact him if you need a copy.

New Business:

No new business.


Entertainment for the evening featured Dwight Lanpher, co-coordinator for the northern New England Astronomy clubs, gave an overview of the upcoming 9th annual Acadia Night Sky Festival.  Last year’s attendance at the main star party on  Cadillac Mountain was 51 telescopes, 5 binocular stations, 68 astronomers from 10+ clubs and 1,721 visitors. The festival takes place on September 21-24, 2017 At Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME.  Features of the event include numerous workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences; there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer.  The Keynote speaker will be Dava Sobel, whose works include Longitude, The Planets; Galileo’s Daughter; A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos; and the new and widely acclaimed The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.

Sky & Telescope senior editor Kelly Beatty is also on the speaker list, as is

Dan Krysak (Curiosity Rover on Mars Mission Specialist). Jon Thomas, a PhD astronomer and Park Astro Volunteer, will talk about Humans on Mars.

Meeting adjourned 9:31 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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