CAAS Monthly Meeting Minutes – October 2002

Submitted by John Reed, club president

October 12, 2002

October CAAS Meeting Notes

By John Reed

About 10 of us met on Saturday the 12th. After a quick cookout we adjourned to the classroom building and discussed several items of business. First and foremost of these items was the upcoming Carver Magnet school group that will be coming to the Property on October 29 (Tuesday) and November 5th (also Tuesday). Each time they will be bringing about 25 students to look through member’s telescopes. Please be sure and come if possible, especially if you have a scope you don’t mind using at a public starparty. Carver has requested rainout dates of October 28 and November 4.

There will be a Starparty for Conway School students on October 25, Friday. The Starparty will be held at Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center. There will be a picnic at the Main Park for the students (where the mountain trail-head is located), but the Starparty will be held at the Visitor Center. Food will be provided for club members providing scopes. Try to come if possible.

Carl Freyaldenhoven mentioned the upcoming Leonids Meteor Shower. It is possible that this year may be very active. Check this list for members who may be going to the property to view this shower. Also of note are the Orionids on October 21 with a rate of 20 per hour expected. Look for these showers after midnight for peak activity.

Finally Danny Flippo and John Reed gave a slide-show of their night shots taken during the past Okie-Tex Starparty held at the tip of the Oklahoma pan-handle the first week of October. Included were shots of the milky-way, aurora, and bolide metors.

CAAS Monthly Meeting Minutes

Submitted by John Reed, club president

August 17, 2002

John Reed began the meeting by noting that the Perseids Meteror Shower was begining. Several added that the peak would be on the following Monday night. Later several members that stayed late saw several early earth grazers. Of course as with all showers the best show is after midnight.

Chris Lasley talked breifely about his backyard observatory project. He has installed the motors which control the dome movement. More to come.

The Astro Physics mount has been moved from the old 6″ building to Chris’ old building. A little work remains to adapt the mount to the pier that is already installed there.

It appears that David Reynolds, our program chairman, may be leaving us. If so we will surely miss him. This will leave a hole in that position. If anyone wants to be program chair let me know.

A Boy Scout group from Conway has asked to use the property in December. A date has yet to be set.

Chris Lasley has donated a computer to the club which has a planetarium program for member’s use. Thanks Chris.

CAAS Monthly Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Lenny Bradberry, club secretary

July 19, 2002

The meeting was called to order by President John Reed.

There were 12 members present.

John summarized the issues discussed in the Board meeting held earlier. He then reviewed selected news items in the Jul/Aug issues of Sky & Telescope magazine.

Old Business

Pat and Sandy Morris gave a report on the Pinnacle Star Party. There were three scopes available for viewing. There wasn’t a particular good turnout for this event.

Carl Freyaldenhoven said that he and others observed the July 10th lunar eclipse at Pinnacle.

New Business

Terry Johnson said that there will be a Star Party at Wolly Hollow State park north of Conway of Saturday, July 27th. All members are welcomed to attend.

Terry briefed the club on activities currently ongoing for getting a planetarium in the state. A feasibility study has been made. The site chosen is tentatively identified as being in Conway. Matching funds have been provided by the Science Advisory Group and the Board of Education. Timeline for planetarium to be available within the next two years. Clubs are encouraged to submit requirements for useage. Anyone with contacts, such as corportations or individuals, who would like to contribute money to this project are encouraged to contact Terry.


Chris Lasley showed a slide show of his backyard Home-Dome project titled “The Backyard Observatory”. From his backyard Chris will be able to do all his CCD work without leaving the comfort of his home, except for some adjustments, problems, etc. A future capability would include remote operation away from home. A good presentation.

President John Reed adjourned the meeting.

Sky conditions did not present itself for any good viewing that night.