by John Miller, Secretary
● The October meeting convened at 7:30 PM via Zoom and Yahoo (online). There were initially about 45 online attendees.
● As of this date, there are 169 members in the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton.
● Rex Parker reviewed the night’s agenda. He also reviewed the current status of Sky & Telescope magazine, mentioning how the publication had been rescued financially by the American Astronomical Society.
● Victor Davis introduced the evening’s guest speaker: Princeton University visiting postdoc – Tansu Daylan. His presentation was titled: “Exoplanets Transiting Faint Stars in the TESS Full Frame Images.” It was very well received.
● Following the guest presentation, the committee and club planning session commenced. Rex ran a Galaxy Quiz, designed for online participation.
● Observatory Co-Chair David Skitt gave attendees an update report regarding the observatory repair scheduling status. He said that AAAP Treasurer, Michael Mitrano had obtained the required drawings and had uploaded same to the appropriate State offices. As of this meeting, David said Michael had received no feedback from the State on the matter.
● David also reported that the observatory public night attendance averaged between 15 and 40 guests. He added that, due to the Covid virus open house interruptions during the year, the observatory would extend the public nights schedule to the end of this November.
● The new idea of creating special projects facilitators was discussed. The facilitators would currently be responsible for managing three services: AAAP Merchandise; AAAP Social Media development and interaction and a Night Sky Network liaison. The following volunteers stepped forward to begin the process: Debra Mayes, Social Media; Rich Sherman, Merchandise and Ira Polans, NSN.
● Member Todd Reichert volunteered to examine the viability of a AAAP telescope-loaner program.
● The meeting adjourned at 10:00 P.M.