Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting December 7, 2018

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Minutes of the NSAAC Business Meeting December 7, 2018

President Deneen called the December Business Meeting of the NSAAC to order at 7:42 PM. There were 5 board members present and 8 club members. There was a quorum. Meeting was official. There were three visitors: Ken Leach, Scur Prizh, and Admar Reis.

The minutes of the November business meeting were approved by acclamation.

Treasurer paid the Club Insurance for the next year which included a Homeland Security clause which was included at no cost.

There are currently approximately 60 members in good standing.

Merrimack College:
The observatory was opened on day in December and weather was so bad that nothing was observed. There will be a training session in the observatory on February 19th. Anyone interested in being an operator at the observatory should come and get trained on the operation of the scope and how to run an observing session.

Salem University:
Observatory is still not open. The Observatory is currently undergoing repair and won’t be open in about two weeks at semester break. Dennis would still appreciate help from anyone who would like to help run the observatory. Contact Dennis Gudzevich if interested.

Star Party Committee:
There was a star party at South Elementary in Andover. By the event start time the clouds had mostly pushed out and remained off on the horizon for most of the event, though some occasion-al ones did drift through. The wind likewise died down, making for good conditions for the star party.

The school split arrivals in to 3 groups staggered each half hour so it was tough to get an exact head count with people coming and going but it ended up being around 90 coming through, with about 40 at the average amount for the first hour.

Huge thanks to Michael Deneen, Dick Luecke, John Brucker, Bryan Stone, and Charlie Hall for assisting tonight. With 6 scopes the lines weren’t long and people got to see a large number of objects. Some of the targets: Albireo, Double cluster, Pleiades, Mars, Neptune, M31, Orion Nebula.

Except for viewing after club meetings the next scheduled star party will be in March.2019 at the Wilmington Library.

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

Telescope Clinic:
Admar Reis and his daughter received help setting up a Celestron Nexstar 130SLT scope.

Old Business:
John Hobbs gave an update on club member Jim Bastable who is in a nursing home with a debilitating stroke that has left him left side paralyzed. He was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and has spent the last few weeks in the hospital with pneaumonia.

New Business:
The club hopes to have a new website up and running in about two weeks.

Club elections are coming right up in March, and we need a volunteer to serve as the chair of the nominating Committee and to draw up a list of candidates. Please consider volunteering for this temporary position. There’s not much involved, and it will take very little time, but it’s important to the club. The only deliverable is a list of people interested in serving as the club officers.

Entertainment for the evening was a presentation by UNH’s John Gianforte speaking on “Observing Exoplanet Transits with Small Telescopes”. As always John gives an engaging and lively talk.

Meeting adjourned 8:45 PM..

Respectively submitted
John Hobbs, Secretary NSAAC


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