Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting November 2, 2018

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting November 2, 2018

President Deneen called the November Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:47 PM. There were 5 board members present and 8 club members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official. There were three visitors: Bob Starin, Max Shamk his wife and father, Bob and Kathleen Miller, and Julia Troatk.

The minutes of the October business meeting weres approved by acclamation..

No report

There are currently approximately 58 members in good standing.

Merrimack College:
No Report

Salem University:
Observatory is still not open. The Observatory is currently undergoing repair and won’t be open until sometime in October. Dennis indicated the he got word that there was to an effort to insulate the observatory dome; he will look into it. Dennis would still appreciate help from anyone who would like to help run the observatory. Contact Dennis Gudzevich if interested.

Star Party Committee:
NSAAC annual Star Party/Trails & Sails weekend 9/28 & 29: Was expecting clouds Fri night and it totally cleared. Was held Saturday, John Brucker organized. He estimated 100 people. We had a successful star party last night. I would estimate about 100 people turned out! Michael Deneen, Dick Luecke, and Dan Smoody were on hand. Between the four of us we were able to keep the lines from getting too long. There were also a couple of people who brought their own scopes who viewed on their own and also viewed through our scopes.

While skies were clear there was a lot of moisture in the air that affected transparency. This made viewing deep space objects difficult but here’s what we were able to see to the best of my knowledge.

• Planets: Mars/Saturn/JupiterM31 & M32
• The 2 open clusters in Perseus NGC 884 & 869
• M13
• Double stars Albireo & Mizar/Alcor
• Wild Duck Cluster
• Welcome Pleiades!
Thank you to everyone that helped out.

Looking at upcoming dates:
• Malden Reads Sat Oct 13th Waitt Mount Malden. #popscope is also coming to this.
• Mon 10/29: North Reading Library
• Tues 11/6 Amesbury Sparhawk School There’s one more event planned for South Elementary Andover, either 11/27 (29th backup) or 12/4 (6th backup), should have that one nailed down next week.
• South Elementary Andover

Will be running a new sign up for 2018/19 “first responders” soon.

Telescope Clinic:
No report.

Old Business:
Until a new server service is found, the club will be using Go Daddy for the website on a month to month basis.

New Business:
Dennis Gudzevich he has not yet received the maximum number for both the calendars and handbooks. If interested contact Dennis as he is about ready to submit the order. He will send out another notice on the list server.

Entertainment for the evening was a a movie by Timothy Ferris entitled “Seeing in the Dark”. It was enjoyed by all.

Meeting adjourned 8:15 PM..

Respectively submitted
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC

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