Minutes of the April 12, 2016 AAAP Meeting

by James Poinsett, Secretary

  • The meeting was called to order by the Director and the lecture for the evening was by Dr. James Green entitled “New Discoveries in the Outer Solar System: Ceres, Pluto and Planet X.”
  • After the lecture, Rex summarized the history of the Hastings-Byrne refractor pointing out that with the May 9th transit of Mercury will be the third century that a Mercury transit was observed with this scope. We will be at the observatory that day. The transit is from 7:15 AM through 2:00 PM.
  • On Saturday May 14th at 10:30 AM in the NJ State planetarium, Bill Murray will present a sequel the April keyholder training using the Minolta MS-10 Star Projector. Bring your binoculars to observe some of the dimmer objects it projects. Volunteers are needed for solar observing after the planetarium session.
  • Rex brought up the space elevator and also “Skyline”, the space elevator documentary. The club will try to set up a viewing of the film.
  • A group of club members are going to the Cherry Springs Star Party on June 2-5. It is a very basic party with camping on site.  There are nearby lodging facilities. There will be a food vendor on site also. If you are planning on going or would like to go let Bill Murray or Rex Parker know, and they will make sure you are in touch with the group.
  • Our star party, StarQuest, will be on Oct 28-30. Once again at the Hope Center in Hope NJ. More details will follow.
  • The nominating committee announce the slate of officers for the coming year that are up for election. All current officers have offered to return. If you are interested in running for office, let Bill Murray know before the May meeting.
  • There will be 150 Boy Scouts and their leaders in Washington Crossing State Park the weekend of April 29th. Extra help will be needed at the observatory that Friday night. Volunteers are also needed for solar viewing the following day and night time viewing that evening. Let David Letcher know if you are able to help out.
  • There is a new polarizing filter in the eyepiece case at the observatory.
  • We are reviving public nights in conjunction with the NJ State Planetarium. They will be held on May 13th and May 27th. Larger crowds than usual are expected at the observatory those nights. Any extra help is always appreciated.
  • Input from members for a second telescope on the mount with the HB refractor is desired. Please express your opinion even if that opinion is that no additional scope is needed!
  • Meeting adjourned at 9:50, 30 members in attendance.
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