Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting September 1, 2017

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting September 1, 2017

President Deneen called the September Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:41 PM.  There were 4 board members present and 7 club members. There were 5 guests. There was a quorum. Meeting was official.


No report.


The land fund CD was renewed and the IRS postcard filling was finished. The checking account balance is currently $6700.00. 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 opening on September 11th.  The telescope has not been repaired

Star Party Committee:

One event in August: Tewksbury Library. Observing clouded out, about 30 people for the presentation on the moon/eclipse.

Next event: NSAAC Annual Star Party at Battis Farm Amesbury. Sep 15/16 (Fri/Sat), held as part of Trails and Sails weekend. Can draw a big crowd as well as offers good visibility to the horizon (except for light dome to the south…but hey we’re inside of 495 so…). It would be great to see some new faces out for this event.

Need “star party insiders” – I will send an email on Friday to the list. So far have 5 (including myself) so we need at least 7 more to be able to have a star party program.

Maudslay State Park (Newburyport) has asked if we could do observing over Columbus day weekend. I’m away and traditionally staffing on weekends is tough. However if someone would like to take the lead on that I’ll get them the info. It’s not a big event, 3 scopes would we fine.

Bob Seibel 10″ Dob available for club members to borrow! It would be great to see this scope get out and about more. I picked up a laser collimator this summer (Huetech, like Dick’s) to help keep it ready to go.

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:

Someone donated a complete Clestron C8 with case to the club.  The club voted to offer the scope to Dr. William Waller for his Rockport High School Science Department



Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by Dr. William Waller, popular a former NASA astrophysicist and professor of astronomy.   He currently teaches physical sciences in his hometown high school, writes popular books on astronomy, and co-edits The Galactic Inquirer — a free online journal on all manner of astronomical topics (see http://galacticinquirer.net).  He can be reached at williamhwaller@gmail.com.

It can take a lifetime to effectively navigate the currents, waves, winds, and shoals of the North Shore.  It is another thing altogether to navigate our planet, galaxy, and universe.  Bill Waller will take us on a cosmic journey — from Rockport’s Front Beach into the Solar System, Milky Way and beyond.  Along the way, he will show how astronomers reckon distances and sizes of myriad celestial wonders.

Meeting adjourned 9:31 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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