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PGC80 2007-10-27 AGM

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

2007 Annual General Meeting Minutes
October 27, 2007

Date: October 27, 2007
Location: PGAO 7365 Tedford Road

Chairperson: Gil Self
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Members present: 17
Guests present: 4

Meeting Called to Order at 7:40 pm

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Minutes of October 25, 2006 AGM were circulated.
Motion: To accept 2006 AGM minutes as circulated. MSC

2. Treasurer’s Report
General Account Balance: $2782.12
Gaming Account Balance: $8085.42
A detailed financial report is filed with minutes.
Motion to accept the treasurer’s report. MSC

3. Secretary’s Report
Of the 82 memberships in the PG Centre, 37 will expire at the end of October. 849 visitors passed through the observatory between October 1, 2006 and September 30, 2007. Approximately 1700 man-hours were logged for tours, open houses, work bees, personal observing, promotions, etc. during the same period.

4. Committee Reports

  • Technical upgrades – Aluminum Serrier truss assembly should be manufactured and ready for installation before the spring opening of the observatory. Newtonian focus assembly is being designed, as is the dome drive assembly. The dome brackets need to be leveled, the telescope drive control board purchased, and the telescope drive motors installed. A new collimation tool is being designed.
  • Dark Sky Initiative – The City of Prince George is becoming more Dark Sky aware by using full cut off street lighting and dimming some streetlights. Private developers are also using full cut off lights. City councilors will be invited to attend the observatory to learn more about Dark Skies.
  • Maurice is doing 90 second radio spots that highlight astronomical events and advertise the observatory open houses.
  • NOVA – Due to a lack of response to the fall NOVA program, it has been rescheduled to January 2008. Fees have been lowered to $94 for a non-member, and $45 for a member. UNBC will no longer be involved.

5. New Business
Discussion centred on the latest RASC National survey. The PG Centre will wait to see the results of the survey before commenting to National.
Signing authority needs to be dealt with.

Annual Election results:

President: Gil Self
Vice President: Maurice Sluka
Secretary: Glen Harris
Treasurer: Bob Nelson

National Rep: Brian Battersby

Members at Large:
Jim Arnold
John Ascah
Hugh Kennedy
Gregory Mohammed
Trevor Padgett
Blair Stunder
Jim Toews
Doug Wayland

October 2007

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Photographer: Doug Wayland
Object: Thin Crescent Moon
Date: October 8, 2007 06:15
Details: Thought you might be interested in this photo I took the morning of Oct 8, 2007 at 06:15. This was 35 mm camera at prime focus of ETX 90, Kodak Ultra Max 400 film. It was about 10 sec exposure, which was too short, I had to have the photo lab brighten it up. I tried some longer exposures to about 30 sec, which was right, but the ETX’s imperfect tracking caused the image to be blurred, so I took this shorter exposure and had it brightened. Clouds prevented me from getting a photo of the close conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Saturn the morning before.

PGC79 2007-10-10

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

Business Meeting Minutes
October 10, 2007

Date: October 10, 2007
Location: 230-177 Victoria Street
Chairperson: Gil Self
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Gil, Glen, Bob, Maurice

Meeting Called to Order at 7:40 pm.

1. Previous Meeting Minutes
Minutes of September 12, 2007 meeting were circulated.
Motion to accept minutes as circulated. MSC

2. Treasurer’s Report
General account $3183.70 Gaming account $8055.42
A detailed treasurer’s report is filed with the printed minutes.

3. Correspondence
Various bills, invoices, and RASC Centre newsletters

4. Old Business

  • The roof repair estimate has not yet been obtained. Prince Sheet Metal will give us a roofing quote next week. Neither Prince Sheet Metal nor Admiral Roofing would be able to do the work before Spring 2008.
  • The flip mirror operation will be done manually for the immediate future.
  • Blair will be contacting CC Industries next week for a progress report on the truss system.A small amount of milling work on the declination motor drive plate remains to be done.
  • The Dark Sky initiative has been shelved until next year.
  • Armchair Astronomy and NOVA have been cancelled due to poor enrollment numbers. NOVA will be reintroduced in January at a cost of $94 with no UNBC involvement.
  • Motion: Renew membership in International Dark Sky Association for a 2-year period ( ~$100). MSC
  • Blair is still working on dome rotation. It was decided that the dome wouldn’t be tied to telescope movement.

5. New Business

  • Lane Logan will be giving a talk on Dark Sky and electrical lighting on Nov 24th.
  • Two more weekend burning sessions should see all the slash piles gone.
  • Parking lot expansion: Blair is currently waiting for equipment from one logging contractor to move back into the Blackwater area. He is also looking into another contractor working in the area.

5. New Business (continued)

  • About a dozen surveys have been returned. It is hoped that some suggestions are forthcoming that we can use to improve the operation of and participation in the club.
  • Dome flange irregularities are holding up design of the floating drive clamp mechanism design. To date, no materials for this project have been purchased.
  • Because the roof can’t be repaired until next spring at the earliest, grant spending priorities have changed. The present grant must be spent, and the new grant proposal submitted by Nov 30th. Preliminary discussion came up with the following proposal.
    • Prepay utilities for 1 year $3000
    • Scope drive control board $1000
    • Lowlight camera $500
    • ST9 CCD camera $3000
    • Dome rotation hardware $500
    • Firmer figures are required for discussion and a final decision at the AGM. Purchase of the CCD camera is contingent on the flip mirror assembly working properly first, either electrically or mechanically.
  • There was discussion on mounting the orange Celestron scope to the main scope and equipping it with a sensitive low light camera. When coupled with the existing B/W TV monitor in the dome, this would act as a finder scope for the Newtonian as well as providing a means to simultaneously send Celestron images to the classroom. Some type of video splitter technology would be required.
  • Executive meeting will be renamed ‘Business’ or ‘Planning’ meeting and announced on the events calendar as an inducement for regular members to attend.
  • More information and suggestions are required before a help sheet for new open house assistants can be typed up.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45 pm