August Star Party, Friday or Saturday, August 6 or August 7 (depending on weather)
Camp McClintock Cub Cabin (Boy Scout Camp)
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Arrival and setup
This month, instead of our usual meeting, we will have a members-only star party at the Camp McClintock Boy Scout Camp, which is a 10 or 15 minute drive west of Bartlesville, near Osage Hills State Park. This will give us a chance to get away from city lights and observe from fairly dark skies. We have the Cub Cabin reserved for both Friday and Saturday night, but based on current weather forecasts the date is now set for Saturday. If our plans change, an email notice will go out Thursday night. There will be some tables and chairs in the cabin, as well as access to electricity. Rumor has it that a brand new Celestron CGE PRO 1400 EdgeHD telescope may see first light at the star party. David Tobola has provided the map below, as well as the following advice for getting to the Camp McClintock site.
The turn into the camp has a tall white sign on the South side (left side) of Highway 60 when you are driving FROM Bartlesville. You are then on a gravel road for about 2 miles or so, and you always take the RIGHT turn when you come to a fork in the road. The Cub Cabin is just past the Ranger's house. I would recommend a meeting time around 7:00 pm, or 7:30 pm at the latest, to allow adequate time to set up in the daylight, plus to get familiar with the immediate terrain and observing area.
BAS Logo Update
The BAS Logo at the top of this newsletter, and on most of our other communications, has served us well for many years (decades actually).
The logo is now used predominantly in club emails and on club webpages, as well as on paper handouts and meeting announcements. W
ith advances in computer technology and on-line communications, perhaps it's time to consider a redesign. Therefore, we proudly announce...
The Bartlesville Astronomical Society Logo Design Contest!
Yes, there will be a prize for the winning entry, so enter early and enter often. The goal will be a logo that is aesthetically pleasing and appealing without being overstated, representative of our interests, and simple and convenient to use in all our on-line and hardcopy communications. The winner will be determined by a vote of club members. The preliminary deadline for entries is September 7, 2010. Send your entries to John Grismore or
Astronomy Explorer Post
David Tobola has recently had several conversations with the Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America about how BAS members might be able to use Camp McClintock as a dark site, while benefiting from coverage by their liability insurance. One suggestion was for our club to sponsor a local Astronomy Explorer Post. This would, of course, be dependent on having several older scouts interested in astronomy, but would extend insurance coverage to participating astronomy club members. If you are interested in supporting a local Astronomy Explorer Post, please contact David Tobola.
October Election of Officers
BAS bylaws state that the club will conduct election of officers each October, with the President and the Information/Publicity Officer being elected on even numbered years for a two year term, and the Vice President and Treasurer/Secretary being elected on odd numbered years for a two year term. This method was intended to provide some continuity from year to year. We have not conducted elections for many years, so it's important that we restart the process. Elections this year will be for President and Information/Publicity Officer. Nominations are open to all BAS members and must be submitted to the nomination committee by September 15. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Arden Strycker has agreed to serve as head of the nomination committee, but will need assistance. Volunteers for the nomination committee should contact Arden.
Our bylaws are decades old, and could benefit from a thorough review, but for now they establish the procedure for our elections this October. The complete text of the Bartlesville Astronomical Society Bylaws can be found on the Files page of our BartlesvilleAstronomy website at: