Ray Jeter presented a fascinating program on the many modifications he has made on a 115 mm (4.5”) Newtonian reflector. He added a Telrad finder, and replaced the focuser with a Crayford focuser. He replaced the secondary mirror and support. He made a compact, transportable tripod with shelf space on top for a map. He mounted a computerized GOTO altazimuth mount on that tripod. And, he explained how he flexed the spherical primary mirror to remove coma and greatly improve the image in the central part of the field of view.
Bill Engberg thanked Wade Van Arsdale for painting the picnic table and making improvements in the memorial garden.
Bill asks that someone please bring a coin tray to hold payments for drinks from the refrigerator.
The CAAS business cards were handed out.
Mr. Siddhartha Vaka, the youngest person in attendance, drew numbers for door prizes. Those winning Hubble books donated by Engberg were Chris Lasley, and Ray Jeter.
Two people brought new telescopes and were assisted in setting them up.
|March||Stephen Meeks||Stellar Evolution|
|April||Rocky Togni||Space Race USSR: 1957-75|
|August||Jim Fisher||International Dark Sky Association|
|November||William Engberg||Mayan Calendar|
There were four first-time guests at the meeting.
Members and Guests Who Attended The Meeting
V. Srinivasa Reddy Vaka
Ronald Van Arsdale
Wade Van Arsdale
The next monthly CAAS meeting will be at 7 pm on Saturday, March 10. Weather permitting, there will be observing after the meeting.