Monthly Archives: October 2001

2001-10-31

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
PRINCE GEORGE CHAPTER
7765 Tedford Road
Prince George, BC
V2L 4S6

October 31, 2001 General Meeting Minutes

Meeting held at McCLOUD 9 EATERY Basement 1393 W. Central

Members Present: Gil Self, Brian Battersby, Gerhard Bierman, Peter and Judy Wyper, Glen Harris, Rod Herd, Doug Wayland, Art Beaumont
Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris

Meeting called to order at 7:40 pm

Minutes from Sept. 26th, 2001 meeting were circulated.
Motion to accept minutes as circulated. Moved by Glen. Seconded by Gil. Carried.

Correspondence:

  • Handouts of several October RASC e-mails were distributed.
  • Mark Kaye, RASC guest speaker, will be in PG on Friday February 15th. His topic will be either “Three Decades of Observing” or “How to Make Looking up Easier”. This will be a special meeting held in a lecture hall at UNBC (thanks to KANE for arranging), and will be open to the public. There will be a request for donations at the door to cover the expense of renting the hall. Billeting and transportation are required for MARK. If you can help, contact Brian at 564-4789 or blbattersby@shaw.ca
  • Regional District of Fraser Fort George (RDFFG) has sent notice of a Rezoning Application Hearing to be held on Nov 15th, 2001 at the Columbus Community Center 7201 Domano Blvd. This hearing concerns the rezoning of a section of land abutting the PGAS observatory site to 4-acre lots.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Sept 30th, 2001 statement available on request.
  • Cash (estimate) $150.00
  • Regular Account $894.46
  • Gaming Account $29.5
  • Motion to accept treasurer’s report. Moved by Gil. Seconded by Peter. Carried.

Old Business:

  • – Locks have been bought and installed on the classroom lockers. Thanks to ART for the monetary donation.
  • Videocassette: Your Guide to the Celestial Sphere Video is still on backorder.
  • Sept 30th Work Bee accomplished the following tasks:
  • Parking lot fencing.
  • Winterizing the warm room.
  • Clean up of the small rooms.
  • Repairing the roof turbine vent.
  • Astronomy newspaper articles tabled to next meeting.
  • Removal of the old Tabor Mountain observatory was brought up again. This issue was retabled.

New Business:

  • We welcome ROD HERD to the club.
  • Work Bee Sunday Nov 4th at 1:00 pm to balance 24” scope and install print drivers on the dome computer.
  • Tours have been arranged for Nov 2nd, 7th, 8th, and 21st. Phone or e-mail BRIAN if you are volunteering.
  • Public Open House Saturday Nov 17th for the Leonid Meteor Shower.
  • Pot Luck Christmas party on Wednesday Dec. 12th from 6pm –9pm at the observatory. Bring hot items in small non-metallic containers so that the food can be reheated in the microwave.
  • There is a new Messier Hunt spreadsheet on the warm room wall. There is lots of room on the spreadsheet for new observers!
  • ART to arrange for a load of gravel from YRB to finish off the holding tank area. A thank you note will be sent to YRB as soon as possible after the gravel has been delivered.
  • Canfor is owed $56 for the parking lot posts they provided. No motion was presented to authorize the payment, but payment will be made regardless.
  • Messier Marathon March 16th, 2002 at 6pm. Location to be finalized.
  • $200 grants request was submitted to TELUS.
  • Explore the Universe Observation Certificate criterion was explained.
  • Astronomy projects handout was distributed. Thanks to KANE for compiling.

Constellation of the Month:
GIL presented ORION as the constellation of the month. Included in his presentation were apparent magnitude and temperatures of stars. He also showed images of some of the different objects that can be found in ORION.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 pm.

2001-10-17

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
PRINCE GEORGE CHAPTER
7765 Tedford Road
Prince George, BC
V2L 4S6

October 17, 2001 Executive Meeting Minutes

Meeting held at #30-1839 1st Avenue

Present: Brian Battersby Gil Self Kane Sanders Glen Harris
Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris

Meeting called to Order at 7:40 p.m.

1. No meeting minutes from the September executive meeting were available.

2. Treasurer’s Report Submitted by Brian
Present Balance as of September 30, 2001 is approximately $1073.99
No motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made.

3. Correspondence

  • From the National Observing Committee of the RASC- Information about the ‘Explore the Universe’ Observing Certificate Program. A discussion followed regarding the implementation of a similar program within the club, with club certificates issued for various observing achievements. No action item at this time.
  • Information from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific regarding their award system to persons worthy.
  • Motion: To nominate Bob Nelson as a candidate.
  • Moved: Gil Seconded: Kane Carried
  • ACTION ITEM: This item is to be carried forward to the next executive meeting, with Gil possibly approaching Orla Aaquist for assistance in preparing the submission. The deadline for submission is mid December.
  • Mark Kaye of the RASC will be doing a presentation for the club and interested members of the public in February 2001. Gil suggested that a club generated Power Point presentation could be used as a warm-up to Mark’s presentation.
  • ACTION ITEM: Kane is to look into the feasibility of using a lecture hall at CNC.
  • From Kris Peterson- a proposal to include the club telescope in a network of global observatories for use online by the public. Our facilities are not presently equipped to do this. There was a lot of skepticism about the use of our scope for this purpose.

4. Old Business

  • Locks for the club lockers have been purchased and installed.
  • The videocassette ‘Your Guide to the Celestial Sphere’ is still back ordered.
  • Work Bee items completed in September were:
  • Installation of the parking area fence
  • Winterizing of the Warm Room
  • Cleanup of the small rooms
  • Repairing the roof vent
  • Gil to present Constellation of the month for October.

5. New Business

  • Motion: To reimburse Glen for money spent on clubhouse improvements.
  • Moved: Gil Seconded: Kane Carried
  • ACTION ITEM: Glen to provide receipts.
  • ACTION ITEM: Glen to investigate possibility of lower phone rates for the club phone.
  • Fae Mooney has volunteered to write astronomy-related articles for the newspaper. It was suggested that any article by any author be submitted to Gil for editing and accuracy. Gil would then submit the article to the newspaper, with the proviso that both the author AND the PGAS are mentioned in the byline.
  • ACTION ITEM: Gil to work on implementing the newspaper article procedure.
  • Motion: To set up a Messier (or NGC) Marathon night to be held in the spring of 2002.
  • Moved: Kane Seconded: Gil Carried
  • The RASC has web based forms for documenting the observations.
  • A discussion centered on a certification process for using various pieces of equipment at the observatory.
  • ACTION ITEM: Kane to come up with some ideas for the process.
  • The 24” scope needs to be rebalanced. A work detail has been scheduled for November 4, 2001. This date will provide time to mention this activity at the general meeting.
  • Regular maintenance needs to be scheduled on the 24” scope. A tentative date of June 17, 2002 was put forward. Maintenance would include balancing, mirror cleaning, drive lubrication, etc.
  • The existing Messier Observation Sheet on the hall wall needs to be replaced.
  • ACTION ITEM: Glen to build a spreadsheet capable of documenting existing data and providing space for additional observers.
  • There was a discussion regarding the placement of the C8 telescope c/w camera onto the main scope once funding was available for the purchase of the camera.

New business continued:

  • The orange scope is thrashed and in dire need of repair. No decision was made on how to accomplish this.
  • Distribution of the general meeting minutes to out of town members was discussed.
  • ACTION ITEM: Glen to mail the minutes only to out of town members who don’t have email addresses.
  • As a member of the executive, Kane is keen on implementing ‘club projects’.
  • ACTION ITEM: Kane to put forward some suggestions for club activities.
  • An update on the gaming grant application and the Home Hardware account is needed.
  • ACTION ITEM: Brian has emailed Paul with a request to provide an up to date report on the club’s finances for presentation at the October general meeting.
  • Motion to adjourn: Gil

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Minutes revised 2001/10/18