Monthly Archives: January 2004

2004-01-28

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

General Meeting Minutes

Date: January 28, 2004
Location: PGAO 7365 Tedford Road
Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Brian, Glen, Gil
Members Present: John, Gerhard, Jim Toews, Doug, Maurice
Guests Present: Matt
This was an extremely informal meeting that was neither called to order nor adjourned.
1. Previous Meeting Minutes
No executive meeting summary was circulated.
2. Treasurer’s Report:
As reported at the January 14, 2004 executive meeting
Club Account
Total Income $2455.75
Total Expenses $2242.28
Total Income/Expenses $213.47
Total Net Worth $3003.86
Gaming Account
Total Income $260.99
Total Expenses $1954.06
Total Income/Expenses ($1693.07)
Total Net Worth $2868.92
3. Correspondence
TELUS phone bill
4. Old Business
The Celestron power cord miraculously reappeared.
5. New Business
Members viewed the ceiling baffle prototype constructed by Bob Nelson.
The plywood pier mounting plates for Meade and Celestron wedges were previewed.
6. Upcoming Events
Tour on February 9th. Host and assistant required.
7. Main presentation
John Ascah’s PowerPoint presentation included some NASA images from the Spitzer and Chandra telescopes. Also shown were some images of the construction work done last summer.

2004-01-14

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

Executive Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2004

Date: January 14, 2004
Location: #30-1839 1st Avenue, Prince George
Chairperson: Brian Battersby
Recording Secretary: Glen Harris
Executives Present: Glen, Gil, Brian, Rod
Members Present: Maurice, Wayne, John, Bob
Guests Present:
Time Meeting Called to Order at 7:40 p.m.
1. Previous Meeting Minutes
No minutes were circulated
2. Treasurer’s Report
Club Account Gaming Account
Total Income $2455.75 Total Income $260.99
Total Expenses $2242.28 Total Expenses $1954.06
Total Income/Expenses $213.47 Total Income/Expenses ($1693.07)
Total Net Worth $3003.86 Total Net Worth $2868.92
3. Correspondence
IDA renewal form
RASC Observing Committee
4. General Business

  • Motion: To allocate an additional $200 from the gaming account to cover the 2004 insurance policy due in September 2004
  • Moved: Brian Seconded: Gil Carried
  • Motion: Table a motion to bring up the subject at the April 2004 executive meeting to spend the rest of the gaming money.
  • Moved: Gil Seconded: Wayne Carried
  • Motion: To renew at US$50 the IDA membership.
  • Moved: Maurice Seconded: Gil Carried
  • The Executive will promote participation in the RASC Explore the Universe program.
  • Bob displayed a ceiling sound baffle prototype. Further testing of it’s sound deadening qualities will be done, and if the results are favourable, detailed measurements of the classroom will be taken, and an estimate of the cost/number of panels required will be submitted. Preliminary estimate per panel cost is $15
  • Further discussion with optometrist John Bosdet regarding mirror grinding will be done by Glen and possibly Maurice.

Upcoming Events
February 24 6:00 p.m. Westwood School Wayne will give a short presentation to the Sparks group.
General Meeting
John Ascah will do the main talk.
Adjourned at 9:10 pm

First Astro Photo of the Month

M51


Photographer: Bob Nelson
Object: M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy)
Photography Method: 70 minute picture of M51: 10 min clear, 10 min R, 20 min V (green), and 30 min B. After suitable processing (removing excess background, clearing away cosmic ray traces, registering and summing each colour, rotating and registering the 4 colours), I combined the 4 images to produce this colour image. It’s not the greatest image of this galaxy, but one that I am happy with since it represents my best to date. BTW, almost all frames were 2 minutes unguided. Seeing was fair to good at 2.6″ and the atmosphere very clear (for these parts).