Minutes from the July 2012 Monthly Meeting and Board Meeting

We sure had a great program tonight! Rocky Togni presented a very interesting slide show covering Newtonian and Dobsonian history. He covered reflector advantages and disadvantages. John Reed demonstrated collimation techniques to obtain the best possible images fromNewtonian reflectors. The lasercollimators which John demonstrated make collimation fairly easy. Rocky showed a slide of different brands of digital setting circles which can make finding objects much easier. Chris Lasley assisted with showing the components of the Dobsonian mount design which revolutionized amateur telescopes.

The treasurer’s report was given. An announcement that the new CAAS T-Shirts have arrived was made.

The members passed a motion to purchase 12 more folding chairs for the club.

Upcoming Public Star Parties

Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center, Saturday, July 21, 9 PM – 11 PM

Woolly Hollow State Park, Saturday, July 28, 9 PM – 11 PM

Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center, Saturday, August 18, 9 PM – 11 PM

The next CAAS meeting will be the StarBQ event on Saturday, August 11, 2012. There will be no regular meeting that night. A number of activities are planned. Stay tuned for more details!

Upcoming Possible CAAS Member Dark Sky Outings

Friday, July 20, 8 PM – 11 PM

Saturday, July 21, 8 PM – 11 PM

Friday, August 10, 8 PM – 11 PM

Friday, August 17, 8 PM – 11 PM

Saturday, August 18, 8 PM – 11 PM

CAAS members and guests in attendance: 30

CAAS Members and Guests In Attendance

· Zoe Allison

· Steve Block

· William Bryden

· Luisa Camacho

· T. J. Colvin

· Goncavo Gamboa da Costa

· Jack Dixon

· Jim Dixon

· Danny Flippo

· Karl Freyaldenhoven

· Andrew Hradesky

· Melanie Hradesky

· Greg Hurley

· Jane Hurley

· Jina Ims

· Richard Ims

· Chris Lasley

· Allen Lee

· Don Lewis

· Christina Lynn

· Bruce McMath

· Pat Morris

· Donna Nevin

· Michael Norrell

· John Reed

· Coy Scott

· Rocky Togni

· Eric Walker

· Michael Wilkinson

· Savannah Wilkinson

Board of Directors Meeting

Financing of the new building was discussed. A motion was made by Bruce McMath and seconded by Coy Scott to authorize Chris Lasley and Karl Freyaldenhoven to contact Bob Berrington to discuss two financing options which would use the Berrington trust. The motion passed.

The new building costs were discussed. The cost of the new building is $9,000. Approximately $2,000 has been spent to demolish the old building, remove the old building, move the new building into place, and prepare the new building for use. Some additional work and costs remain to complete the preparation of the new building.

A motion was made by Bruce and seconded by Danny Flippo to use all but $1,000 in the club’s checking account toward paying for the new building. The motion passed.

A motion was made by Bruce, and seconded by Jim Dixon to sell the Meade telescope and Astro Physics mount. The motion passed. Danny will coordinate selling these items for the club.

A motion was made by Eric Walker and seconded by Karl to pass the proposed internet policy. The motion passed. The Internet policy is necessary because the satellite internet account has a data cap (limited amount of data transfer allowed per month). No entertainment videos, or other large non-astronomy related files should be downloaded. The policy specifies the amounts paid by each of the lease holders. Non-lease holders may subscribe to make heavier use of the internet connection. The club is paying part of the monthly cost so that club members can access the internet on meeting days without havingtheir own subscription.

Respectfully Submitted,

Coy Scott

CAAS Secretary