Monthly Archives: September 2005

2005-09-28

PRINCE GEORGE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
Prince George Centre
7365 Tedford Road
Prince George, BC V2N 6S2

General Meeting Minutes

Date: September 28, 2005
Location: PGAO 7365 Tedford Road

Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Brian, Glen, Wayne
Members Present: John A, Gerhard, Jim Toews, Maurice, Art, Todd, Charlie, Rod, Doug
Meeting Called to Order at 7:40 p.m.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Minutes from the May 25, 2005 meeting were circulated.
Motion to accept minutes as distributed.
Moved; Wayne Seconded; Charlie Carried

2. Treasurer’s Report:
General Account $4497.80
Gaming Account $9618.46

3. Correspondence
Various RASC Centre’s newsletters, bank statements, Telus statement, Society Annual Report form 11, Terasen statement

4. Old Business
None

5. New Business

  • Jove receiver has arrived, Radio-SkyPipe is up and running, Art will supply 4-20′ poles for use in construction of a Jove antenna.
  • The 24″ mirror has been cleaned.
  • Sky and Telescope subscription costs should be given to Wayne by the middle of November. Please remit to him US$40 cash.
  • Brian will re-send the Telescope Group Purchase Plan proposal.

6. Upcoming Events
Sept 30 Open House Brian, Jim, Charlie
October 1 Member’s Night Wayne
October 7 Open House Glen
October 8 Member’s Night
October 11 Tour Gil
October 12 Executive Meeting at SpeeDee’s 7:30 pm
October 14 Open House
October 15 NOVA Brian
October 18 Tour Brian, Doug
October 19 Cubs at Eagle Hall Wayne
October 20 Tour Brian, Doug
October 21 Open House
October 22 Member’s Night Brian (Photo Club visit)
October 26 Annual General Meeting and elections at the Observatory 7:30 pm
October 28 Mars Open House
October 29 NOVA Brian

November 4 Mars Open House
November 5 Mars Open House
November 9 Executive Meeting at SpeeDee’s 7:30 pm
November 11 Open House
November 12 NOVA Brian
November 16 Tour Wayne, Glen
November 18 Open House
November 19 Member’s Night
November 25 Open House
November 26 NOVA Brian
November 30 General Meeting at the Observatory 7:30 pm

7. Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

2005-09-14

PRINCE GEORGE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
PRINCE GEORGE CENTRE
7365 Tedford Road
Prince George, BC
V2N 6S2

Executive Meeting Minutes
September 14, 2005

Date: September 14, 2005
Location: 490 Brunswick St.

Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris

Executives Present: Brian, Glen, Gil, Wayne, John A.

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

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Minutes from July 27, 2005 were circulated

2. Treasurer’s Report
Regular account balance: $4442.80
Gaming Account balance: $9357.46

3. Correspondence
Terasen Gas statement

4. Old Business
Maurice has gone head with the purchase of the Sky Atlas, DVD’s, books, etc.

5. Building Director

  • The 24″ scope needs to be rebalanced/checked for tracking.
  • The new computer is in the process of being installed and configured.
  • A new “Guest Code” and password has been programmed into the alarm system.
  • Doug will fill the water system by Friday.

6. Observing Director
Casey Litton from Vanderhoof will be bringing students to the observatory. No firm dates yet.
PG Photographic Society will be coming to the observatory for a tour, maybe on Oct. 22.

[update: PG Photographic Society will be coming to the observatory. Oct 22, 2005 at 7:00pm]

7. Education
NOVA dates have been rescheduled. Ends on Feb 11 now. 19 new memberships sold, some to couples.

8. New Business

  • October Meeting – Elections, Charles Smith to show some Mexico images, maybe a talk from one of Greg’s profs.
  • Alan Whitman accepted the nomination for National Representative.
  • Pre-nominations for other executive positions showed that most of the attending executive were willing to continue in their present positions.
  • Radio Astronomy package consisting of 2 books and 2 programs has been purchased.
  • Brian will check into pricing of telescopes when buying in bulk.

8. New Business (continued)

  • Replacement projector bulb will not be purchased.
  • Motion: At the Executive’s discretion, repair any telescopic equipment damaged by the public during a club sanctioned event.
  • Moved: Wayne Second: Gil Insufficient quorum to pass
  • A discussion about improving the general meetings occurred. Some of the suggestions were bringing in more speakers and getting more members to give presentations.

9. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 9:40 pm

September 2005

LX10Venus,Moon VenusMoonSetting3


Photographer: Doug Wayland
Object: Venus – Moon Conjunction
Date: August 7, 2005
Details: The shot through the fork arms of my LX10 was at 21:40, done with FTb and 200mm lens.

The shot of the duo setting into the trees was at 21:56, done with FTb at prime focus of LX10 with f6.3 focal reducer, 1 sec and cropped with Photoshop.