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2009

recorded by AANC Secretary Alan Gould


Feb 8, Apr 19, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 4, Dec 6, TOP

Feb 8

 

Board members:
Barbara Arrighi, Doug Brown, John Dillon, Dean Drumheller, Ken Frank, Alan Gould, Liede Marie Haitsma, Dave Harris, Walt Heiges, Dirk Lammerts, Larry McCune, Len Nelson, Mark Wagner, Richard Ozer, Ed Pieret, Mike Portuesi, Ray Wong, Cecilia Yarnel

Send agenda issues to Alan Gould <adgould@comcast.net>

 

 

 

 

AANC 2009 Feb 8 Minutes

1. Call to order Walt/Ken

2. Roll call - Alan
Guests: Jim Head, new representative from MDAS. Welcome Jim!
Terry Galloway [gatekeeper]

Doug, Walt, Richard, Ray, Alan, Ken, Mike P, Mark.

3. Approve minutes http://aanc-astronomy.org/minutes

Richard moves to approve minutes. Ken seconds. Motion passed.

4. Treasurer's report - Richard

200902rptAANCtreas.pdf

5. Old business

A Night Sky Network/IYA2009 — Vivian, Marni, Ken
We've shipped the International Year of Astronomy Goodies box. The latest and greatest ToolKit is now released: Glass and Mirrors coming soon to a NSN club near you!
Ken handed out issues of July 2004 National Geographic, penny stickers for IYA 2009, postcard with URL for IYA Astronomy Discovery Guides. NSN has about 300 member clubs.

B SFAA Insurance - Ken [for Dirk?]
Special Use Permit secured for the year. Wording had to be exactly as written by California State Park. Two paragraphs had to be included in company insurance form. Richard: hard to get continuity from state parks. Ken: You have to say you're doing interpretive services for the public and fee(s) get waived. Doug: group was "converted" with previous park administrator, but current administrator doesn't see why it's not interpretive services.

C ASP Meeting and AANC 2009 Conference Committee Update — Ken, Richard, Mark

Doug: Need to nail things down a bit for Sept date (7 mo away). We should send out a pre-announcement about 6 mo in advance. To get to that point need to nail down fees/costs. 2-4 mo in advance have pre-registration. Need keynote speakers.

Ken: ASP is holding annual meeting - AANC workshop day will be Sep 12. Venue: Westin SFO. Richard: we need clarity with ASP about AANC component of conference. Ken: we should be able to meet with Jim Manning to discuss details/proposal. Alan: we should call this a workshop (part of ASP meeting) rather than a conference unto itself. Ken showed t-shirts designed by Debbie Dyke.

Doug: what are we proposing to the ASP?
Fee: $20-40 range to fund out grants programs and awards.
What would ASP like by way of volunteers?
ASP theme is science education and outreach. AANC workshop theme can be N. Calif science education and outreach.
Show Jim AstroCon website.

Mike: Need domain name to create website. Will reserve aancstars2009 as domain .net, .org, .com.

Room cost can affect workshop cost.

Sun Feb 15 - 10am there will be workshop committee telecon.

Possibilities and mutual benefits still under discussion are:
* Sharing of exhibitors/vendors.
* Reduced cost of catering, meeting space, rooms.
* Promote the AANC/ASP meeting on our website and cross promotion of both organizations and meetings on ASP site as well.
* A chance for amateur astronomers to "rub elbows" with professionals and share ideas.
* Partnership for mutual gain.
* Attend workshops and breakout sessions.
* Jim Manning (ASP Exec) Suggests an "Early Bird" reduced price sign-up
* ASP gathering is now called a meeting rather than conference
* ASP Meeting Dates are: Friday, Sep 11 through Thursday, Sep 17
* AANC Conference is on Saturday Sep 12th
* AANC has tentative keynote speaker
* 20th anniversary of SETI partnership
* ASP board meeting was Jan 30-31
* Ken meets with Jim on Monday Feb 9th

Here's an excellent model of what we might possibly envision for the 2009 Conference, AstroCon 2004: http://astrocon2004.aanc-astronomy.org/
and Alan's handy dandy guidelines for hosting a conference:
http://www.rmpadomes.org/conference.html

From Norman Sperling: Re AANC Con, I have my usual question about the September convention:
Under what conditions am I permitted to exhibit? to sell?

Discussion: would need a space for vendors. Need hallway or room space. We'll discuss with ASP/Jim.

6. New business

A. Check out the Featured Club Newsletter with Galileo Galilei having top billing:
http://www.mdas.net/newsletter/documents/mdas_2009_01.pdf

B GRANTS:
Avani Bedagkar's request for $200 to purchase small refractor telescope kits similar to that which Galileo used for her newly formed astronomy club.
Students will put together the scopes themselves under her supervision.
Avani has already purchased one, that she has assembled to make sure it can be done easily.
See formal request under "B" below.
Avani sent message morning of Feb 7 saying telescope kits might be
from Japan, IYA Galileoscope (http://galileoscope.org), or Science First (Project Star)
Michael Kran may be providing a 6" reflector for the school.

Richard moved that AANC grant Avani Bedagkar's request for $350 for telescope kits for newly formed astronomy club at Hirsch Elementary School, provided that Avani makes a presentation on the project at the 2009 AANC workshop. Ken seconded. Motion passed.

Ken said that he won't be able to make it to the Striking Sparks presentation in Sebastapol. If anyone can make it there it would be great.

C. From: Mark Wagner <mark.wagner at resource-intl.com> (SJAA)
(1) AANC becoming involved in CalStar, and (2) being the door prize recipient for GSSP.

1. CalStar could become a club-wide event, as I had originally envisioned. Had been SJAA event. All clubs could participate by contributing to cover cost of the event insurance. They would all become co-sponsors with AANC. AANC could be involved in a new star party, that is administered by LCO, Inc (the legal part of GSSP/TAC). AANC could collect and contribute the funds for insurance. No action requested today. Reps can discuss the idea with their clubs. Richard: there could be a grant request for AANC to support CalStar. May not even need insurance at all.

2. With GSSP, having AANC receive the donations (door prizes, etc.) for GSSP (after all, it is a Northern California event), they become a tax deduction to the donors.
AANC gets its name on two more good events, without much in the way of actual work.
Mark Wagner moved that AANC become co-sponsor of Golden State Star Party (GSSP) and act as door prize recipient for GSSP. AANC Treasurer will provide any needed documentation for donors. Ken seconds. Mike: are there any legal issues about this. Richard: at the event it can be announced AANC is providing door prizes. AANC logo and co-sponsorhip needs to go on GSSP website.
Motion passed.

D. Steve Nelson's N. California google map. See message under "D" below. Message did not contain link to actually see the map. We need that URL.

E. From Earth to the Universe (FETTU) - see message underf "E" below

F. WAA membership. Richard moved we renew our membership in Western Amateur Astronomers (WAA) to the tune of $20. Ken seconded. Motion passed.

Need to have elections of officers at next Board meeting.

7. Club reports and website updates
Please send to: adgould at comcast.net

8. Announcements
This from Donna Smith in Burbank on John Dobson:
Many of you may have heard rumors that John has been ill recently and was unable to attend his yearly event in Death Valley. While it's true that he didn't go, he isn't seriously ill but wasn't feeling great and Furnace Creek is pretty far from any medical facilities. Unfortunately, we aren't scheduling John for any upcoming events and he is still in Hollywood and will be there for the next several weeks. John, his doctors, and those close to him feel this is best. We will keep you updated. Should you like to write John, please do so c/o The Vedanta Society, 1946 Vedanta Place, Los Angeles, CA 90068 or send an email message to him:
sidewalkastronomers at earthlink.net

From David Baumgartner re Pinnacles National Monument Star party. See item "F" below.

Ken moved we have next AANC meeting on Apr 19, rather than Apr 5. Mike seconded. Motion passed.

9. Adjourn 12:05 am (Mike moved, Ray seconded)
Next meeting date: April 19, at Chabot, unless otherwise amended.

 

Lawrence Hall of Science
Holt Planetarium
Alan Gould

http://lhs.berkeley.edu/planetarium - Planetarium shows every Saturday and Sunday, plus holidays $3.00 — Adults, $2.50 — Ages 18 and under. Most programs are recommended for ages 8 and up. Children under 6 will not be admitted except for Flying High and Journey to the Moon (for ages 4-7).
December 20, 2008-March 15, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, plus Holidays.*
1:00 p.m. - Flying High (designed for ages 4-7)
2:15 p.m. - Northern Lights (for ages 8 yrs and up)
3:30 p.m. - Constellations Tonight (for ages 8 yrs and up)
* Holidays include Jan. 19 & Feb. 16.

March 21-June 14, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, plus Holidays.
Daily shows: 4/06-4/17/09**
1:00 p.m. - Journey to the Moon (designed for ages 4-7)
2:15 p.m. - Moons of the Solar System (for ages 8 yrs and up)
3:30 p.m. - Constellations Tonight (for ages 8 yrs and up)
** Special schedule M-F: 1:45pm "Journey to the Moon" & 3:00pm "Constellations Tonight" only

June 15-September 13, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, plus Holidays.
Daily shows: 6/15-8/21/2009
1:00 p.m. - Flying High (designed for ages 4-7)
2:15 p.m. - Strange Planets (for ages 8 yrs and up)
3:30 p.m. - Constellations Tonight (for ages 8 yrs and up)

Saturday Night Stargazing every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, year-round, weather permitting.

B. AANC Grant Proposal

Request for $200 to buy small refractor kits students will put together themselves under supervision. We have already purchased one, that I have assembled to make sure it can be done easily. It will approximate the telescope that Galileo used.

Grant Proposal for Astronomy Club at Hirsch Elementary School

I. Title: Telescope for Hirsch Elementary School Astronomy Club

II. Name of requesting organization: Hirsch Elementary School
III. Name and contact info of person preparing the proposal:
            Avani Bedagkar
            4627 Norwood terrace Fremont, Ca 94538
            510-659-0121
IV. Date of proposal : February 2, 2009

V. Brief description of how the grant funds would be used: We are requesting $200 to purchase telescopes kits for the 5th graders in the club to build. We will purchase easy to build telescopes, small refractor kits, that will allow students to experience the heavens the Galileo did 400 years ago. This will be part of our contribution to the International Year of Astronomy.  Our program focuses on objects and subjects that Galileo would have seen. 

The fifth graders will get a hands-on experience of what it is like to build a telescope. They will also learn about lenses, because they will be handling and placing the lens in the telescope. The students will learn about why images appear upside down when looking through a telescope. Ultimately, the telescope will give the kids an opportunity to see beyond the limitations of the human eye. The kids will be able to view moon craters and star clusters, perhaps even some planets. Many different concepts are learned by the making and usage of a telescope, for example Physics, optics, and Astronomy are some of the science that can be understood and studied.

VI. Explanation of how the grant benefits amateur astronomy: The strength of any hobby is its ability to recruit new members and pass on that passion to the next generation.  We feel that funding an activity such as this will spark a lifelong interest in some of the elementary students.  Already, this project has lead me, Avani, to become a member of the Peninsula Astronomical Society.  I am now checked out on the Foothill College observatory’s 16 inch Meade telescope and have participated in public outreach programs.

VII. Designation of a person who will report to the AANC Board on Grant spending and Grant Activities: Avani Bedagkar will report how the grant is spent, the educational benefits derived, and any obstacles overcome or lessons learned.

VIII. Date by which the recipient organization expects to report to the AANC Board on Grant spending and  Grant activities:   May 2009.

D. From Steve Nelson: Observatories, California Bay Area

Hi AANC Board,
I was just looking and playing with the map creation feature in Google. Here is one that shows exact placement of 'most' of the "public program" observing areas in the 'greater' Bay Area. Most of these are affiliated with AANC or AANC connected. (not the school or research observatories)

If there is one or two people who would like to be 'collaborators' ? I have done the preliminary work for the high density area around the Bay and from Monterrey up past Santa Rosa. Most of these facility positions have been nailed to the center of the dome or roll-off. The majority of these places I have visited myself - and the public observing aspect is confirmed by the latest information on affiliated web sites.

If the Board feels this would be useful for the public- I'll contact Uncle Al about getting it connected to the AANC website.

A companion (now vaporware) map of the rest of the AANC areas and public program sites would probably be a follow on. [Observatories, California north]

I just made the Observatories, California Bay Area map search able, You should be able to find it through a regular Google map search in the user-created region.

Steven Nelson (ex-Board)

PS
Rather than bother doing a lot of exact page linkage - which would be maintenance heavy - I just gave a organization reference and assume all know how 'to Google'. I was surprised at how many places do multiple programs per month! This took about 4-5 hours starting with no experience (and never visiting Robert Fergison, San Francisco State or several other observatories!)

E. From Earth to the Universe (FETTU)

The overarching concept for FETTU is presenting astronomical images across the world in 2009 in the broad context of science, art, and culture. These exhibitions of astronomical images will serve as a powerful way to engage potentially millions of people in the wonders of astronomy. By using beautiful imagery, FETTU aims to expose new audiences to the wonders of the cosmos:
http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/updates/72/

This Bay Area FETTU project would be the recruitment of volunteer astronomers (Project ASTRO, local NSN and or other AANC amateur astronomy clubs) to help staff the display at some of the venues.
The venues include several weekend community fairs and/or art-wine festivals, and then other venues like a week at a local community college student union. At the weekend events, the booth needs to be staffed all day, while at the other events it may be that the display only needs to be staffed during high traffic times like during lunch. None of this is set in stone of course; experience at the first few events will tell us what really works.

A likely scenario (but I can't promise) is that 2 people end up staffing the booth for one or both days on a weekend at one of these fairs. That means they both can take time off away from the booth to eat, wander around the fair, etc. And when they are staffing the booth they get to talk to lots of people, answer questions, maybe even quietly recruit for their local club. 2 or 3 days of this spread out over the year doesn't sound too bad....I hope.

Much of the staffing will probably be done by EPO staff members from the various participating missions, but having some volunteer amateur astronomers or teachers would help to spread the load. And maybe Doris could be encouraged to provide some incentives for the volunteers--maybe small NASA gifts or certificates of appreciation
or whatever. But of course I cannot make promises on her behalf.

Small Traveling Exhibit
March 14-15
(confirmed)
St. Patrick's Day Festival, Dublin.
POC: Mike Bennett

March 16-20
(confirmed)
City College of San Francisco

March 21-April 6
(confirmed)
"Seawolf Days" Mar. 21. Sonoma State.
POC: Lynn Cominsky/Logan Hill

April 18
(confirmed)
Cal Day, Berkeley. POC: Bryan Mendez

April 20-April 25
(confirmed, Monday-Saturday)
Hartnell College, Salinas
POC: Andy Kreyche (Mike Bennett)

May 15-23
(confirmed)
The Tech Museum, San Jose.
POC: Candace Brooks

May 24-25
(confirmed)
San Ramon Art & Wine Festival, San Ramon. POC: Mike Bennett

July 19-27
(confirmed)
Lunar Science Forum, NASA Ames.
POC: Doris Daou

Aug. 18-24
(confirmed)
SETI Institute. POC: Pamela Harman

Sept. 11-17
(confirmed)
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Annual Meeting, Millbrae.
POC: Jim Manning

Oct. 23-25
(confirmed)
SETI Institute. POC: Pamela Harman
* SETI Institute is willing to share images with institutions exhibiting at CSTA.

Dec. 12-13
(confirmed)
Exploration Station at AGU, San Francisco. POC: Bryan Mendez

Calendar

F. from David Baumgartner of the Pinnacles Partnership Group.
He'd like volunteers for a Star Party Saturday, February 21st.

PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT STAR PARTY

Saturday, February 21st, the Pinnacles National Monument and Pinnacles Partnership are hosting a Star Party, this event will be held at the west entrance of the park. (See directions below).

For those that are interested, we will start off with a Park Ranger guided nature walk into the park starting at 4:30pm and lasting for about an hour or so.

You will be allowed to setup your scopes after the tour is finished, around 6pm. You can stay as long as you like to enjoy the beautiful skies. The entrance gate will close at 8pm, allowing no one to enter after that time, so please donÕt be late. The gate will automatically open on your way out, when you decide to leave. If you would like to stay the night, that is fine, but you will need to vacate the parking area no later than 7:30am Sunday morning, February 22nd. No tents, please. There will be no entrance fee to anyone volunteering to set up their scope and allowing the public to view.

The public will be charged a $5.00 entrance fee per auto.

Bathrooms and water are available, no electricity.
The setup area is a 50 car parking lot; space is limited to 20 setups. So first call, first serve.
To reserve your spot; call the Park at 831-389-4486 X 265. You won't be sorry you did.
Although I have never viewed from the west side, and if the skies are anything like the East side,
where I have viewed, you wonÕt be disappointed.

Directions: From San Francisco Bay Area to the West Entrance:
Take Hwy 101 south to the town of Soledad, just south of Salinas, and then take Hwy 146 east.
Please be careful while driving through town; the highway takes a few turns.
Follow Hwy 146 for 14 miles into Pinnacles National Monument.
http://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/directions.htm

And two maps:
http://www.planitarium.net/aanc/events/bayarea-map.pdf

http://www.planitarium.net/aanc/events/west-entrance-map.pdf

David and a Ranger will meet you and show you where to set up.

Please pass on to your fellow amateur astronomers.

Hope you can come and join us; I will look forward to seeing you all there,

David Baumgartner
831-637-1148 (if you have any questions)
cygnett at hollinet.com


Full Moons 2009

January 11, 03:27 SAT
February 9, 14:49 MON
March 11, 02:38
April 9, 14:56
May 9, 04:01
June 7, 18:12
July 7, 09:21
August 6, 00:55
September 4, 16:03
October 4, 06:10
November 2, 19:14
December 2, 07:30
December 31, 19:13 (blue moon)

 


Feb 8, Apr 19, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 4, Dec 6, TOP

AANC 2009 April 19 Minutes

1. Call to order 10:00 am Walt/Ken

2. Roll call - Alan

Ken Frank, Doug Brown, Mike Portuesi, Walt Heiges, Dave Harris, Alan Gould, Mark Wagner,

Guests: Avani Bedagkar (Hirsch Elementary School Astronomy Club),
Don Lindemann, Berkeley Astronomical Neophyte Group (BANG).

3. Approve minutes http://aanc-astronomy.org/board

Ken moves to approve minutes. Dave seconds. Motion passed.

4. Treasurer's report - Richard not prese

Walt: account balance: $5,193.963. More info in 200902rptAANCtreas.pdf

5. Old business

A. ASP Meeting and AANC 2009 Conference Committee Update - Ken, Richard, Doug, Mark, Mike P.

Mike: secured aancstars2009.com .net and .org - content "coming soon." Would like official language about what kind oevent this is and relationship with ASP.

There will be discussion of business arrangement with ASP AFTER this meeting adjourns.

B. From Earth to the Universe (FETTU) - Ken - We've have great events in Dublin (with Bryan Mendez, UC Berkeley); coming up Hartnell, College of Marin, Oakland Aviation Museum.

C. Elections of officers. Nominations:
Doug Brown moved, Mark Wagner seconded that current officers be nominated.
Current officers were elected by acclamation:
President - Walt Heiges
Vice President - Ken Frank
Treasurer - Richard Ozer
Secretary - Alan Gould

6. New business

A Avani Bedagkar's update on her grant project: Astronomy Club at Hirsch Elementary School. See Project report (MS Word). Activities at school: Moon, tides, telescopes, optics, Galileo's discoveries, his life, "planet jeopardy" game. Grant funded telescopes -- 15 Galileoscopes, but they could not arrive in time. Decided to buy instead 11 Lawrence Berkeley Lab telescopes, but they were actually made as gifts courtesy Carl Pennypacker. Galileoscopes are now ordered. Want to expand the program to other elementary schools. Received separate $100 grant from another organization that went toward Galileoscopes.

B. Featured Club Newsletter: Stockton (pdf)

C. Astronomy Day 2009: May 2 & October 24.

D. Nominations for AANC Awards. Walt will send out notice to clubs to make nominations. We may be able to

E. Don Lindemann <berkeleyastro [at] gmail.com>, gave news about Astronomy Group in Berkeley (Berkeley Astronomical Neophyte Group - BANG - http://sites.google.com/site/berkeleyastro) that engages in a variety of activities, including getting together nearly weekly for Filippenko lectures. Don is an amateur astronomer and organized a star party in mountains - Calaveras State Park. Will have another one over Memorial Day weekend. Thinking of organizing exhibit about 40th anniversary of Apollo Moon landing. Hopes to get linked more with University for public talks and other things. Thinking of having Astronomy Cafe in Berkeley. Walt suggest contacting Bryan Mendez. Thinking of club joining AANC.

7. Club reports and website updates
Please send to: adgould@comcast.net

8. Announcements

International Dark-Sky Week will occur from April 20 to April 26, 2009. Download press release (Word doc)

Bob Fies of Alcoat: http://www.alcoat.net/events
has some very cool photos of the new Automated Planet Finder (APF) system on Mt. Hamilton:

On May 3 and 5, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, in Walnut Creek, The California Symphony present the first live symphonic concert in 3-D: "Astronomical Pictures at an Exhibition," created by noted astronomer and visualizer Dr. JosŽ Francisco Salgado of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. This coincides with the 2009 International Year of Astronomy:
http://www.californiasymphony.org/events/programfour
or http://www.LesherArtsCenter.org

9. Adjourn 10:47 am (Ken moved, Dave seconded)

Next meeting date: June 7 at Chabot, unless otherwise amended.

__________

Notes from Committee on AANC workshop at ASP meeting:

Doug: it sounds like ASP is proposal AANC piggyback on hotel use.
$375 is normal conference fee. Weekend workshops will have $39.95 one-day admission fee.
ASP is proposing people attending our Sept 12 workshop pay $40.
How much does AANC get and how much does ASP get?
ASP gives AANC the proceeds and AANC gives back a donation for paying for the room.
AANC gets money from t-shirt sales also.
Dave: what will we actually be doing there? Tables? Presenters?
Andy Fraknoi is pulling speakers together for the ASP meeting. AANC workshop attendees can hear those speakers that day.

AANC will negotiate fee structure to see if amateurs and families can be

[prior notes: $39.95 daily entry fee. ASP handles all registration fees. AANC makes a donation to the ASP for the use of one room that holds 150 people for our AANC Award presentations, symposia, lectures, events etc. We'd like to wind up with $1,000 - $1,200 revenue to use for our next year of philanthropy. For Saturday 12 Sept the audience would primarily be for: Amateurs, Teachers, Public w/ an outreach element. The rest of the week for ASP would be for Pros. but we can certainly attend and take part. If anyone wanted to attend the ASP banquet, there would of course be a fee. We would volunteer on the following days for free admittance to all events, lectures etc. ASP may want some sort of fee for attending lectures/symposia.]

A. Report: Lawrence Hall of Science
Holt Planetarium
Alan Gould

http://lhs.berkeley.edu/planetarium - Planetarium shows every Saturday and Sunday, plus holidays $3.00 — Adults, $2.50 — Ages 18 and under. Most programs are recommended for ages 8 and up. Children under 6 will not be admitted except for Flying High and Journey to the Moon (for ages 4-7).

March 21-June 14, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, plus Holidays.
Daily shows: 4/06-4/17/09**
1:00 p.m. - Journey to the Moon (designed for ages 4-7)
2:15 p.m. - Moons of the Solar System (for ages 8 yrs and up)
3:30 p.m. - Constellations Tonight (for ages 8 yrs and up)
** Special schedule M-F: 1:45pm "Journey to the Moon" & 3:00pm "Constellations Tonight" only

June 15-September 13, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, plus Holidays.
Daily shows: 6/15-8/21/2009
1:00 p.m. - Flying High (designed for ages 4-7)
2:15 p.m. - Strange Planets (for ages 8 yrs and up)
3:30 p.m. - Constellations Tonight (for ages 8 yrs and up)

Saturday Night Stargazing every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, year-round, weather permitting.

B. Hercules Stargazers Club Report
Dave L. Harris

The Hercules Stargazers ends its winter hibernation with the first Stargaze of 2009 on April 25, 8:30 p.m., at Foxboro Park in Hercules. Our next few Stargazes are scheduled for June 20, July 18, and August 15.  Some of us will be attending the New Moon Star Party over Memorial Day weekend in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, organized by Don Lindemann, who also conducts the weekly Berkeley Astronomy Neophyte Group.

Submitted by Dave Harris
Hercules Stargazers

 

 

 


Feb 8, Apr 19, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 4, Dec 6, TOP

Jun 7

 

AANC 2009 June 7 Minutes

1. Call to order 10:05 am Ken

2. Roll call - Alan

•Doug Brown, FPOA
•Ken Frank, ASP
•Alan Gould, LHS

•Jim Head, MDAS
•Ed Pieret, SMCAS
•Mike Portuesi, SFAA
•Mark Wagner, SJAA

3. Approve minutes http://aanc-astronomy.org/board

Doug moves to approve minutes. Mike seconds. Motion passed.

4. Treasurer's report - Richard Ozer not present--no report.

5. Old business

A.

ASP Meeting and AANC 2009 Conference Committee Update - Doug, Ken, Richard, Mike P. Conference committee is making good progress. Mike made a press release that has been vetted by the committee. MOU with ASP has verbal approval. Schedule of speakers is pretty well set. Still planning to have stargazing. Need to gear up on publicity.

6. New business

Ken: Need nominations for AANC Awards (Amateur, Commercial, Professional, Special) by Aug 6, to be in time for vote at next AANC Board Meeting. Please send the nominations to Alan Gould <adgould@comcast.net>

Mark: SJAA Grant request for AANC to co-sponsor Cal-Star star party and provide funds to pay event insurance. This will be taken up for consideration at next AANC Board meeting.

Club reports and website updates
Please send to: adgould@comcast.net

7. Announcements

A.
FETTU in Sunnyvale Saturday & Sunday Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th; 10 - 6 both days. Darlene Mendoza would enjoy your company, with or without solar scopes. The NASA booth is right next to the Car Show portion of the festival. http://www.artsopolis.com/event/detail/44177
Enter the Festival, head straight or look for the car show; you'll see the white NASA FETTU tent in the middle of the car show. Contact Darlene for details: <dmendoza at sofia.usra.edu>

B.
Project ASTRO is looking for amateur and professional astronomers to work with teachers and students in 3rd - 9th grade classrooms. This is a great opportunity to share your love of astronomy with an enthusiastic audience and help kids learn about science. The deadline is Friday, June 12th and space is limited. All participants are required to attend a 2-day workshop to be held August 7 & 8, 2009, at the San Mateo County Office of Education in Redwood City.
APPLY ONLINE by June 12th: http://www.astrosociety.org/education/astro/bayarea/volunteer.html
CONTACT:
Allyson Clark, Project ASTRO Coordinator
Email: bayareaastro@astrosociety.org

C.
A Celestron rep will be on site at the Orion store in Cupertino from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm to conduct product demonstrations and answer questions. From Rich Neuschaefer, President, SJAA

D. Jim Head: MDAS started imaging group. Gave a local school IYA scope (Orion).

E. Mark: SJAA is in negotiations with City of San Jose about use of Houge park for club functions. City required tuberculosis testing of all volunteers. It's being challenged at the state level by SJAA via an epidemiologist member of SJAA. Jim Head said MDAS ran into that issue (TB testing) at a local school function.

8. Adjourn 10:46 am (Doug moved, Mark seconded)

Next meeting date: August 9th, at Chabot, unless otherwise amended.

Thanks as always go to Alan Gould and NASA Kepler Mission for providing the teleconference.

A. Report: Lawrence Hall of Science - Holt Planetarium - Alan Gould

http://lhs.berkeley.edu/planetarium - Planetarium shows every Saturday and Sunday, plus holidays $3.00 — Adults, $2.50 — Ages 18 and under. Most programs are recommended for ages 8 and up. Children under 6 will not be admitted except for Flying High and Journey to the Moon (for ages 4-7).

March 21-June 14, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, plus Holidays.
Daily shows: 4/06-4/17/09**
1:00 p.m. - Journey to the Moon (designed for ages 4-7)
2:15 p.m. - Moons of the Solar System (for ages 8 yrs and up)
3:30 p.m. - Constellations Tonight (for ages 8 yrs and up)
** Special schedule M-F: 1:45pm "Journey to the Moon" & 3:00pm "Constellations Tonight" only

June 15-September 13, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, plus Holidays.
Daily shows: 6/15-8/21/2009
1:00 p.m. - Flying High (designed for ages 4-7)
2:15 p.m. - Strange Planets (for ages 8 yrs and up)
3:30 p.m. - Constellations Tonight (for ages 8 yrs and up)

Saturday Night Stargazing every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, year-round, weather permitting.

 


Feb 8, Apr 19, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 4, Dec 6, TOP

 

Board members:
Barbara Arrighi, Doug Brown, John Dillon, Dean Drumheller, Ken Frank, Alan Gould, Liede Marie Haitsma, Dave Harris, Walt Heiges, Dirk Lammerts, Larry McCune, Len Nelson, Mark Wagner, Richard Ozer, Ed Pieret, Mike Portuesi, Ray Wong, Cecilia Yarnel

 

 

 

 

 

AANC 2009 Aug 9 Minutes

1. Call to order 10:02 am Walt/Ken

2. Roll call - Alan

Present:
\Doug Brown, FPOA
\Ken Frank, ASP
\Alan Gould, LHS
\Dave Harris, HS
\Walt Heiges, SVAS
\Jim Head, MDAS
\Richard Ozer, TMW
\Ed Pieret, SMCAS
\Mike Portuesi, SFAA
\Mark Wagner, SJAA

3. Approve minutes http://aanc-astronomy.org/board

Ken moves to approve minutes. Doug seconds. Motion passed.

4. Treasurer's report - Richard Ozer

Alan read report from Richard
Walt got request to renew AANC domain name. Will forward it To Richard.

5. Old business

ASP Meeting and AANC 2009 Conference Committee Update - Doug, Ken, Richard, Mike P. Paul S.
Need to get word out to clubs to urge folks to register.
Paul Salazar getting word out to radio, TV, newspapers.
John Dillon will contact clubs to get the word out.
Agenda was set long ago. Ken is re-confirming.
Need vendors, still.
Doug has conflict the tay of the conference because he was elected to ASP Board and has Board meeting that day.
We only have a couple of registrations.
Richard: In past, vast majority of registrations is onsite.
Ken: moves allocation of approx $550 for ordering label pins. Can sell them for $5 ea.
Seconded by Doug.
Richard can look into options for t-shirts.

6. New business

a. Board vote for Club nominations for AANC Awards

Amateur
Ken/SFAA nominated Doug Brown
Doug Brown has been a most helpful committee member and co-organizer for the very
successful AANC 2007 Conference at College of San Mateo.
Doug is President of the Fremont Peak Observatory Association
Now on board of ASP.

GSSP nominates Jake Burkhart does public events at NASA Ames.

Commercial
no submissions

Professional
Ken/SFAA nominated Brian Day.

Special
Ken/SFAA nominated Mike Bennett & Michael Greene for the Night Sky Network.
Mike Bennett was innovator and promoter of the Night Sky Network along with Michael Green of NASA at JPL. The Night Sky Network is a positive and instructive force in Northern California. Nationwide, there are now over 300 active clubs.

Vote as slate: Unanimously approved (for 5 plaques).

Richard will research new plaque-maker.

b. Grant Proposal - SJAA; see text in item A below

Mark moved that AANC be a co-sponsor, have a seat on CalStar’s organizing committee, and contribute $120 towards the event.
Ken seconded. 
Motion passed.

c. Grant to FPOA for 1/2 Star B Q
Doug moved that AANC provide $340 to support FPOA Star B Q, approximately 1/2 of the costs. Richard seconded.
Motion passed.

d. Possible or eminent State Park closures (including Fremont Peak) and what possibly we can do about it.
http://www.fpoa.net/Possible_Closure_FPSP.pdf
and
http://www.fpoa.net/Making_Appeals_09.08.04.pdf

Doug: Fremont Peak is on the closure list of state parks to be closed (30% of state parks are closing). Park will close after Labor Day unless legislature reverses governors line item cut. Seeking grant funds to support costs such as interpretive specialist that might trigger park to remain open. If park closes, security is an issue.
Richard: FPOA should be front and center at the ASP conference.
Doug will supply info to post on websites and e-mail lists about this issue.
Alan will post on AANC website.

7. Club reports and website updates
Please send to: adgould@comcast.net

8. Announcements

Need volunteers for FETTU at the Westin for the AANC Meeting
We will have the exhibit at the Westin and need volunteers to man it.
Please leave your name and time you can be there: (from b/w 8 am to 6 pm):
http://aancstars2009.org/volunteer.shtml
Need volunteers for all aspects of the AANC meeting.

Next meeting for conf planning: 9am Sunday Aug 16.

8. Adjourn 11:16 am (Ken moved, Jim seconded)

Next meeting date: September 12th at the Westin, Millbrae:
http://aancstars2009.org/directions.shtml

Next regular meeting date Oct 4.

 

A. Grant Proposal-SJAA: RTF document; Word doc; text below.

San Jose Astronomical Association
PO Box 28243
San Jose, CA 95159-8243
Hotline (408) 559-1221
Website: http://www.sjaa.net
Email: membership@sjaa.net

June 7, 2009

Astronomical Association of Northern California

Dear AANC,

The San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA) is requesting a grant from AANC in support of the CalStar star party scheduled for September 2009.  The purpose of the grant is to fund event insurance.  The SJAA has attempted various methods in the past to operate a “break even” event, and with support on this item will achieve its goal.

At its last board meeting the SJAA approved a motion to offer event insurance to CalStar’s organizer, Left Coast Observers, Inc. (LCO), if a grant could be obtained from AANC.  LCO is the organization that has for years successfully organized the Golden State Star Party and its predecessors, including ties to CalStar many years ago.  SJAA will be a co-sponsor of CalStar, and have a seat on the organizing committee.  AANC similarly can be a co-sponsor and have a seat on CalStar’s organizing committee (if it wished one).  GSSP is not in a position to attain low cost event insurance, and SJAA is.  AANC, LCO, Inc. (through The Astronomy Connection – TAC) and SJAA would all be welcome to publicize the event under LCO, Inc.’s guidance.

Event insurance in 2008 cost the SJAA approximately $120.00.  That is the approximate cost SJAA expects for this year.  If AANC agrees to participate in CalStar as a co-sponsor, SJAA will obtain and forward to AANC a firm quote for the event insurance.

Thank you for your kind consideration.  We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Mark Wagner
SJAA Vice President


B. Report: Lawrence Hall of Science - Holt Planetarium - Alan Gould

http://lhs.berkeley.edu/planetarium - Planetarium shows every Saturday and Sunday, plus holidays $3.00 — Adults, $2.50 — Ages 18 and under. Most programs are recommended for ages 8 and up. Children under 6 will not be admitted except for Flying High and Journey to the Moon (for ages 4-7).

March 21-June 14, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, plus Holidays.
Daily shows: 4/06-4/17/09**
1:00 p.m. - Journey to the Moon (designed for ages 4-7)
2:15 p.m. - Moons of the Solar System (for ages 8 yrs and up)
3:30 p.m. - Constellations Tonight (for ages 8 yrs and up)
** Special schedule M-F: 1:45pm "Journey to the Moon" & 3:00pm "Constellations Tonight" only

June 15-September 13, 2009
Saturday and Sunday, plus Holidays.
Daily shows: 6/15-8/21/2009
1:00 p.m. - Flying High (designed for ages 4-7)
2:15 p.m. - Strange Planets (for ages 8 yrs and up)
3:30 p.m. - Constellations Tonight (for ages 8 yrs and up)

Saturday Night Stargazing every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, year-round, weather permitting.

 

C. Hercules Stargazers Club Report for 8-9-09 --

June 20, 2009 -- This evening's Stargaze was brief and scopeless. I had arrived with my scope, but the other two volunteers arrived without, and we have a policy of not conducting the Gaze without at least two scopes. However, we did some binocular viewing until about 10 p.m., then left.

July 18, 2009 -- This Stargaze turned out to be one of the best and longest. We set up by 9:15 p.m. and had reflectors of 20", 10", 8", and two at 4.5", and three binoculars. A few visitors came from the neighborhood, and we viewed many objects in the clear, warm weather, including the Ring Nebula, Jupiter and moons, M17, M8, M7, M6, M5, M13, M92, M81 and M82, M11, M20, M31, The Double Cluster, the Veil Nebula, and the Dumbell Nebula, and some of these several times. Hilary provided Dark Matter fudge brownies along with views through her excellent home-built 8" scope. Mark's 20" homebuilt scope was fantastic as usual, but he and the 20" will be missed after this Gaze, as Mark is moving out of state this month. Reggie, who sometimes shows up at the Gazes, took some great photos of the group with his cell phone. The Gaze finally ended around 2:10 a.m., and we were all packed up by 2:40 a.m. and left.

Our remaining Stargazes in 2009 are August 15 and 22, October 17, and November 24.

Submitted by Dave Harris

 

D. FPOA Report 8/9/09

Based on conversations with Gavilan Sector Superintendant Eddie Guaracha and Denni Medlock:

  • Fremont Peak will close after Labor Day, unless the legislature can override the governor's veto after it reconvenes 8/17. We can't find funding fast enough to stay open.

  • The park can reopen if/when we find $50k/yr funding. At that time we might be able to have access if we show good faith in fund raising. Must wait a bit longer to negotiate this.

  • Parks staff is available to write grant applications for funding. Funding would be for Interpretive Specialists to give programs and do outreach.

  • Kevin & Denni want to remove the Challenger if the park closes, even if we can have access, due to security concerns. They wish to remove the Challenger optics, the tube, and build “bulletproof” box around the drive or remove it.

  • DPR focus is revenue per visit, not profit, so DPR is not interested in trimming park operating costs to reduce loss and make FPSP more financially attractive.

  • Raising funds through fees, memberships, or private donations is impractical—the goal is too large. Recommend we reserve using amateur good-will for real property or capital (e.g. a new location)

  • Purchase or easement of observatory land at FPSP is out, however, we might be able to improve access in our contract—if we find funding and give them a reason to renew our contract.

  • Moved: Develop detailed shutdown task list, time line, and budget that enables us to pull out by 9/28 with three week's notice. Rick/Dave carried 6/0/0.

  • Moved: Have parks staff help write grant applications for FPOA at no monetary cost to FPOA, to get funding for SP Interpretive Specialists to perform outreach and interpretation as part of our outreach and interpretive program so that DPR will reopen FPSP. Ed/Dave carried 5/1/0.


Full Moons 2009

January 11, 03:27 SAT
February 9, 14:49 MON
March 11, 02:38
April 9, 14:56
May 9, 04:01
June 7, 18:12
July 7, 09:21
August 6, 00:55
September 4, 16:03
October 4, 06:10
November 2, 19:14
December 2, 07:30
December 31, 19:13 (blue moon)

 


Feb 8, Apr 19, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 4, Dec 6, TOP

Oct 4

 


 

Feb 8, Apr 19, Jun 7, Aug 9, Oct 4, Dec 6, TOP

Dec 6

Board members:

Doug Brown (FPOA),
John Dillon (SFAA),
Dean Drumheller (CSM),
Ken Frank (ASP),
Alan Gould (LHS),
Chanan Greenberg (SMCAS),
Dave Harris (HS),
Walt Heiges (SVAS),
Jim Head (MDAS),
Larry McCune (SCAS),
Len Nelson (SCAS),
Richard Ozer (TMW),
Ed Pieret (SMCAS),
Mike Portuesi (SFAA),
Mark Wagner (SJAA),
Marion Weiler (SMCAS),
Ray Wong (EAS),

Barbara Arrighi, Dirk Lammerts, Len Nelson, Cecilia Yarnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AANC 2009 Dec 6
Meeting at Richard Ozer's -- 7700 Pardee Lane, Oakland CA

1. Call to order 10:10 am Walt/Ken

2. Roll call - Alan

/Doug Brown (FPOA),
/Ken Frank (ASP),
/Alan Gould (LHS),
/Dave Harris (HS),
/Jim Head (MDAS),
/Richard Ozer (TMW),
/Ed Pieret (SMCAS),
/Mike Portuesi (SFAA),
/Mark Wagner (SJAA),
/Len Nelson (SCAS)

Guests:

  • Brian Kruse (ASP) works on Project ASTRO. Teacher (middle school/high school) and amateur astronomer, outreach person. Worked at NASA Ames with Explorer Schools program.
  • Patrick Barthelow Re: Anderson Peak. Currently in Auburn. Taught jr college. Works in amateur radio telescope projects. Moonbounce, Echoes of Apollo.

3. Approve minutes http://aanc-astronomy.org/board - Rich moved to approve minutes. Jim/Mike seconded. Motion passed.

4. Treasurer's report - Richard Ozer - 200912rptAANCtreas.pdf

5. Old business -

Ken moves that AANC give grant of $200 to Striking Sparks. Rich seconded. Passed.

Rich suggests that AANC derive revenue from StarBQ somehow. We do not have significant revenue mechanism.

Mark: have donation link on GSSP site. Amazon links?

6. New business

A. Meeting dates for 2010.
Feb 28, May 30, Jun 27 (Short agenda: StarBQ & Awards), Sep 26, Nov 21
[Jul 17 FPOA Star B Q]

B. Election of officers. Tabled to first meeting of 2010. Send nominations via e-mail to e-mail list. Alan is stepping down from Secretary position.

C. New Night Sky Network event management system - http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm

Jim Head: There is new version of NSN website useful to member clubs to manage their outreach programs. Public can find events, typing in zip code. Teachers can request events that clubs can respond to. E-mail automatically goes to members with approval of outreach coordinator(s). Data/stats can be extracted easily. Tracks hours that people put in. Good for State Park requirements.
Rich: one concern of some clubs is privacy--is it compromised in the new system? Ken/Jim: that's not really a problem.
Ken: see videos at http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/about.cfm
Ken is eager to get constructive feedback.

D. New host server for AANC website

Lunarpages:
http://www.lunarpages.com/windows-hosting/?p=windows-hosting
$9.95/month (w/ 3 months free) for 24 months.
Both Michael P. and Ken have Lunarpages host our personal websites with little or no trouble for a combined 10 years now.

Rich: Google blogspot is a possibility.

Mike: listof requirements

  • Universally accessible
  • Static content
  • Blog
  • Calendar
  • Host e-mail list?

Mark: John Pierce has another suggestion—will check in with him.

Maintenance could be parsed to more than one person.

Mark: Could centralize it within NSN, if AANC can be categorized as a member club.
Mark will look into posibilities further and report back via email list.
Mike will provide input also.

E. ASP Klumpke-Roberts Award Nomination

  • From Doug Brown, ASP Board of Directors:
    The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is the largest astronomical society and involves astronomers throughout the world. At its annual meeting, the ASP recognizes top astronomers globally with some of the most prestigious awards in the field. Two are awarded to amateurs, the Amateur Achievement Award for significant observational or technological contributions to astronomy, and the Klumpke-Roberts Award for educational outreach by an amateur astronomer to Kindergarten through 12th grade students and the interested lay public. The award includes a plaque, $500 in prize money, a night in a hotel, a plane ticket to the annual meeting location, and tickets for two to attend the awards banquet with top astronomers. The rapidly approaching nomination deadline is December 15th. The 2010 annual meeting will be held July 31 - August 4, in Boulder, Colorado, USA
    Amateur astronomy includes many unsung heroes, and this is your opportunity to help provide some needed recognition. If you know of a amateur who has made an exceptional contribution, please follow the links above to make a nomination, or pass this email on to someone who will.
  • From Mark Wagner, VP of SJAA: looking to nominate Jim Van Nuland for the ASP's "Klumpke-Roberts Award for educational outreach by an amateur astronomer to Kindergarten through 12th grade students and the interested lay public." Jim has been organizing and leading an average of 50 school star parties a year, in the greater San Jose area, for the past 20 years. I cannot think of a more deserving nominee.
    Mark moved that AANC nominate Jim Van Neuland of SJAA for the ASP Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach. Jim Head seconds. Passed.
  • From Ranger Dave L. Rose:
    Hello Kenneth,
    On November 22 I wrote you and all of the other California Astro Societies who participate in star parties at Glacier Point each summer, asking for a letter of support for Ranger Dick Ewart to be nominated for an award from the Astro Society of the Pacific. I received a response who suggested I nominate Ranger Dave Balogh instead of Ranger Dick Ewart because of Dave's long-time involvement for coordinating the star party events and his own educational events at Glacier Point.
    If you concur that David Balogh qualifies for this award, please email a letter of support to me that will be forwarded to ASP with the nomination. Thank you for your participation.

F. From: Patrick Barthelow <apolloeme{AT}live.com>
Subject: Anderson Peak, 36" RC tracking telescope; Big Sur is being torn down; Save effort underway

Folks: Just a heads up; The Anderson Peak (Big Sur) former USAF tracking telescope, and observatory (4000' overlooking Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park) is in the initial stages of being destroyed, by the Air Force, who has built the site on leased USFS property, and operated for some 35 years. The telescope is magnificent...
A group of astro professionals and amateur astronomers are trying to stop the destruction, and save the telescope (actually 5 telescopes on a single mount)
Tried to transfer to civilian operation, but was blocked by a single objecting land owner over whose property the access road travels. Claims to represent 30 others.
Details at http://saveandersonpeak.wordpress.com
If you can help with letters to Sam Farr, as suggested please do, or contact me direct:
Pat Barthelow apolloeme{AT}live.com
Best Regards,
73, de Pat Barthelow AA6EG

I have copied this mail to a couple of friends at MIRA the Monterey Institutue for Research in Astronomy, Dr Bruce Weaver, and Gary Love. http://www.mira.org They are only now, like most in the astronomy community, becoming aware of the Anderson Peak situation, which has precipitated into a Crisis point, all on the stubbornness of a property owner (John Cluett of Big Sur. Look up Cluett on Google, appears to be a recluse, he is worth well up into the 8, maybe 9 figures, heir to his family's old money in Textiles, and ownership of the BIG Men's shirts companies, Van Heusen, Arrow, etc) I want to distribute the crisis information far and wide, and get support and feedback to help save the site, from those in the Astronomy Community. We need a keen Land lawyer.

The Optics Shop at Vandenberg, who services the telescope, knows first hand the special capabilites, and fine-ness of the instrument, actually 5 instruments on one sturdy gun mount platfore, and agrees whole heartedly that it is a travesty/tragedy if the telescope is torn down. We have a small window of time to stop it.

To give you an idea of the capabilities of the main telescope, it tracked Missile launches from 120 miles away to Vandenberg AFB. Once the missile from Vandenberg rose above the horizon to within view, the telescope if at max magnification locked on to the missile/rocket, and and the whole field of view, I am told by the operators was less than the first stage of the rocket, about 60 ft, top to bottom, from 120 miles away. (!) It can track Cruise missiles off the coast of Big Sur, whizzing by at 500 mph. Horizontal slew rate is about 15 degrees per second.

As I mentioned, I have put up a Web Blog for passing information to and from communities about the crisis. http://saveandersonpeak.wordpress.com Yes, I am able, and will be happy to Join You, and the BOD, by telephone tomorrow (Sunday) at 10:00AM. Have you received my PPT of Anderson Peak? I can send the latest version and you can play it while I talk via telephone. If you have skype on a laptop with some speakers, I could talk through that via skype.

I was called recently by Dr David Livingston who produces "The Space Show" http://www.thespaceshow.com/ who wants me to speak on the show as principal guest (2 HOURS!) about Anderson Peak, moon Bounce and other topics. If we coordinate this right, He and I can take incoming calls, (Perhaps from Pre informed members of ASP, and MIRA) and emailed questions and answer them on the air. The show is broadcast world wide, and re broad cast on various AM and FM Stations. Would be a great venue to get some plugs for Astronomy in this Year of the Telescope.

Best Regards, 73, de Pat Barthelow AA6EG apolloeme{AT}live.com <mailto:apolloeme{AT}live.com>* * http://www.echoesofapollo.com

G. Mark Wagner The SJAA, through its association with the City of San Jose, has been made aware of a non-profit organization known as CreaTV; http://www.creatvsj.org/ - This is a full-on television production studio, that broadcasts public eduction television on public access channels through an agreement with Comcast Corporation. Because the SJAA is in partnership with the City of San Jose's, SJAA has special access/discount/etc. to the facilities. I am encouraging SJAA to investigate producing public education programs to be broadcast on the Comcast network. Our newsletter editor has expressed interest, as have several of our board members. I feel the AANC can, through its member club "SJAA", potentially offer other AANC member organizations, the ability to cooperate with SJAA in finding the best talent to pursue this opportunity. I would like to know what interest there is from other clubs. If there is interest, I will bring this idea to the next SJAA board meeting.

7. Club reports and website updates
Please send to: adgould@comcast.net

8. Announcements.

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9. Adjourn 12:00 pm (Rich moved, Mark seconded)

Next meeting date: February 28, 2010 at OIS (Rich's Joint).

 

A.

 

B. Report: Lawrence Hall of Science - Holt Planetarium - Alan Gould

http://lhs.berkeley.edu/visit/planetarium

Saturday Night Stargazing every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, year-round, weather permitting.

GRAND OPENING! October 4, 2009
Special FREE drop-in activities from Red Planet Mars. Come anytime 2:30–4:30 p.m. No tickets required—opening weekend only!

Planetarium Programs
Every Saturday and Sunday, plus holidays. Daily during summer and special holiday weeks (see schedule below). Programs are approximately 40 minutes, and are presented live with activities. Questions are encouraged!
October 10, 2009–January 2010
12:45 p.m. A Sky Full of Stars (ages 4-8 with adult)
1:45 p.m. A Sky Full of Stars (ages 4-8 with adult)
2:45 p.m. Red Planet Mars (ages 8 to adult)
3:45 p.m. Red Planet Mars (ages 8 to adult)

Planetarium Tickets
Tickets are $4 per person, and are sold at the Front Information Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must have their own ticket. Planetarium Passes must be exchanged at the Front Information Desk for tickets.

 

C. Report: Hercules Stargazers - Dave Harris
Our October 17 Stargaze was clouded out, so we used our last Gaze for the year, November 14, to honor Galileo's discoveries. We had two GalileoScopes, one 10" Dob, a 70 mm spotting scope, and two binoculars with which to observe the Galilean Moons, including the 8:52 p.m. egress of Europa from Jupiter's shadow. After a sky tour, we and our several guests also enjoyed views of the Andromeda Galaxy M31, its companion M32, The Ring Nebula, The Pleiades, Albireo, The Double Cluster, and the Orion Nebula M42. The Gaze began around 8 p.m. and ended around 10:40 p.m. when dew started affecting the scopes. One of our guests was a 4-year-old named Orion who, with his Dad, got to view his namesake constellation as it rose in the east.

This evening was a great way to end our 2009 season, as we take our usual winter break. The 2010 season starts on April 17, which marks the beginning of the 21st year of the Hercules Stargazers.

 

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Full Moons 2009

January 11, 03:27 SAT
February 9, 14:49 MON
March 11, 02:38
April 9, 14:56
May 9, 04:01
June 7, 18:12
July 7, 09:21
August 6, 00:55
September 4, 16:03
October 4, 06:10
November 2, 19:14
December 2, 07:30
December 31, 19:13 (blue moon)

Top

Board Members:

Walt Heiges (President; SVAS),
Richard Ozer (Treasurer, GSSP, TMW)
Ken Frank (VP, ASP, Scope City)
Alan Gould (Secretary; LHS,
adgould@comcast.net)
David Harris (Hercules Stargazers),
John Dillon (Pres SFAA),
Mike Portuesi (Messier Program Director; SFAA),
Marion Weiler (SMCAS), Ed Pieret (SMCAS),
Chanan Greenberg (SMCAS),

Mark Wagner (SJAA),
Larry McCune, LenNelson (SCAS)
Ray Wong (EAS)
Doug Brown, President, Fremont Peak Observatory Association

Barbara Arrighi, Dean Drumheller, Dirk Lammerts, Len Nelson, Cecilia Yarnel

 

 

 


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