Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting February 2, 2018

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting February 2, 2018

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


The minutes of the December business meeting was approved by acclamation..


No Report.


There are currently approximately 55 members in good standing.

Merrimack College:

Things are coming together.  Repairs are being made to the dome and Brewster should hear soon about when we can start with Wednesday star parties.No update

Salem University:

Observatory was open on December 4th with 24 guests and was closed the entire month of January. Dennis would still appreciate help from anyone who would like to help run the observatory.  Contact Dennis Gudzevich if interested.

Star Party Committee:

Here’s what we have plans for for next month.

March 6/8 (Tue/Thr): High Plain Elementary, Andover. After a long hiatus they’ve asked us back.

March 10 (Sat): Mass Audubon Joppa Flats. Rescheduled from the fall. This is a presentation + guided bino observing event, no scopes. Public event.

March 13/15 (Tue/Thr) : Centerville Elementary, Beverly. Rescheduled from the fall.

March 20/22 ( Tue/Thr): Public event. NSAAC Observing at Battis Farm, Amesbury. This is a star party event hosted by the Lake Gardner Improvement Association

The Bob Seibel 10″ Dob is available for club members to borrow! It would be great to see this scope get out and about more.

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.

New Business:

Club Elections will be held at the March business meeting.  Bryan Stone has been named chairman of the nominating committee and he will send out a list of candidates via the list server.  If anyone wants to run for office please contact Bran Stone.

Club dues of $20 are due at the March business meeting and must b paid before on is eligible to vote in the club elections.


Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by member Richard Luecke about the use of the SkySfari program for locating objects in the night sky, identifying the object being looked at, and the ability to record and plan observing sessions.

Meeting adjourned 9:15 PM.

Respectively submitted

John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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