CAAS Monthly Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Lenny Bradberry

November 9, 2002


The meeting was called to order by Treasurer Chris Lasley. There were ten members present. An updated membership roster was passed out. Chris received a letter from the 9-1-1 office saying that our club’s new 9-1-1 address is now 45 West Southridge Road, Bigelow, AR 72016. There is a balance of $1708.81 in the checking account. The memorial fund hs $13,796.96 of which $463.62 is available for general use. Chris brought in some past newsletters and an AP800 mount description which he will leave in the club library for member use. Newsletters gave a lot of past history information about the club and its members. Chris and Carl Freyaldenhoven talked about past happenings and how the club evolved/functioned the past years that they could remember. A tentative schedule for the Scout group is December 7th. Carver School group date was pushed out into the Spring. Chris announced that the Christmas party will be at John & Carol Reed’s house. John wants to have a Board meeting on Dec 16th. Everyone is invited to attend. Nominations and election of officers for 2003 will be on the agenda. Anyone interested in becoming a club officer should attend the meeting or let one of the board members know to put you on the list of volunteers. A discussion of the web server ensued and comments were brought forth about what can be included on the server for member use and info. Terry Johnson brought up that the Leonids meteor shower will be peaking on the Nov 18/19. Anyone interested in doing an official meteor count should contact Terry for details and procedures. A discussion of light pollution in Arkansas was made by several members. Don Lewis brought up the question as to what the criteria is for member access to club facilities. Members must have paid up dues and if equipment is available, members must show competence in operation of equipment before observatory status is given. It was recommended by Chris that this discussion continue at the December board meeting. With no other topics for discussion, the meeting was adjourned.

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.