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  • San Diego Astronomy Association Celebrating Over 40 Years of Astronomical Outreach

    Observatory (619) 766-9118 http://www.sdaa.org

    A Non-Profit Educational Association P.O. Box 23215, San Diego, CA 92193-3215

    April 2012

    SDAA Business Meeting Next meeting will be held at: 3838 Camino del Rio North

    Suite 300 San Diego, CA 92108

    April 10th at 7pm Next Program Meeting

    April 18, 2012 at 7pm Mission Trails Regional Park

    Visitor and Interpretive Center 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail

    CONTENTS

    Date: 18 April 2012 Speaker: International Dark Sky Association

    Topic:

    IDA is the recognized authority on light pollution. Founded in 1988, IDA is the first organization to call attention to the hazards of light pollution, and in 22 years of operation our accomplishments have been tremendous.

    We promote one simple idea: light what you need, when you need it. We know some light at night is necessary for safety and recreation. We work with manu- facturers, planners, legislators, and citizens to provide energy efficient options that direct the light where you want it to go, not uselessly up into the sky.

    April 2012, Vol XLX, Issue 4 Published Monthly by the San Diego Astronomy Association $2.50 an issue/$30.00 year Incorporated in California in 1963 April Program Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 March Minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Apri l Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 SDAA Contac t s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 J u l i a n S t a r f e s t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ASIG Galler y. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 We b O n l y - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The Hills of San Diego County.....9 The P lanet in the Mach ine. . . . 11

    Newsletter Deadline The deadline to submit articles

    for publication is the 15th of each month.

    TDS Combination Change Reminder

    On the morning of February 12th, the combination padlocks were changed. This will not affect the warming room. Contributing members should refer to their newsletter notification email for both combinations (existing & future).

    April Program Meeting

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    Page 2 SAN DIEGO ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION NEWS AND NOTES, APRIL 2012

    SDAA Board of Directors Monthly Business Meeting Minutes 13 March 2012-Unapproved and Subject to Revision

    1. Call to order. The meeting was called to order at 7 pm with the following board members in attendance: Michael Vander Vorst, President; Bill Carlson, Vice President; Ed Rumsey, Treasurer; Jeff Herman, Corresponding Secretary; Kin Searcy, Director; Direc- tor; Kin Searcy, Director; Bob Austin, Director. Member in attendance was Greg Farrel.

    2. Approval of Last Meeting Minutes. Approved

    3. Priority / Member Business. Greg Farrell presented photos of some minor brush he wished to remove at his pad. Board ap- proved the removal.

    4. Standard Reports.

    Treasurer’s Report Approved.

    Membership Report The membership total is now 529, gain of 5.

    Site Maintenance Report Nothing to report.

    Observatory Report. Nothing to report.

    Private Pad Report • Mark Smith provided a two-year pad usage analysis for the Board to use in determining compliance with SDAA pad usage requirements. • Waiting list is small. Notices of under-usage will be sent over President’s signature.

    Outreach Committee Report. All is well. With arrival of DST, school star parties will taper off in a month. Summer camping events will start soon.

    Program Report. The draft schedule for 2012 is as follows: March – Paul Etzel April – Philip Blanco May – Jerry Hilburn June – International Darksky Association July – TBD Aug – Jerry Hilburn September – Justin Rennilson - Surveyor 1 October – TBD November – New Board nominees. Needs to be moved to Nov 15 or other November date. Kin checking room availability.

    NASA Robotic Observatory. Weather page stopped updating 2/14. Replaced modem – worked. Page stopped again 2/28. Hard drive damaged an in need of replacement. Bob will find a replacement. Wireless router system also needs significant upgrades. Thought to be about $500. Bill will price complete upgrade. Perform the work no later than the May work party.

  • San Diego Astronomy Association

    Page 3SAN DIEGO ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION NEWS AND NOTES, APRIL 2012

    AISIG Report. Next meeting at Scott Dixon’s – tour observatory. Year’s schedule is posted on the website.

    Governing Documents Report. Nothing to report.

    Newsletter Report. Nothing to report.

    Website Report. Program meeting information was posted. Looking for timely submissions. An e-mail is best format. We had an incident with PayPal and failure to return to the SDAA site. Ed will get details.

    Site Master Plan Committee. Nothing to report.

    Merchandise Report. Nothing to report.

    5. Old Business. None

    6. New Business. • Lightning Brewery Event presented and is on. • Certificate of Deposit – extend for 12 months and add $5,000. Open passbook for remainder. • Insurance – purchase 2 years of D&O. Continue with liability insurance. • 2013 Banquet – Same venue. 10% reduction desired.

    7. Adjournment. Meeting adjourned at 7:58 pm.

    Dates set for KQ Ranch and Wm Heise County Park. They are as follows:

    Heise KQ Ranch 5/19 5/26 6/23 6/9 7/14 7/28 8/11 8/25 9/8 9/22 10/6 10/20

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    April 2012 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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    4 Stars in the Park

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    Pazaaz Star Party

    Full Moon

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    SDAA Business Meeting

    11 Pack 295

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    Alpine Academy Julian Charter

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    Stars at Mission Trails

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    Girl Scouts Jamul

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    SDAA Program Meeting

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    Stars at Sycamore

    Canyon

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    Scout Fair

    New Moon

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    AISIG Meeting

    26 Pacific View Charter School

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    Del Mar Heights Elementary

    28 Astronomy Day

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    1 North University Branch Library

    2 Stars in the Park

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    4 Fletcher Elementary

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    SDAA Contacts Club Officers and Directors

    President Michael Vander Vorst President@sdaa.org (858) 755-5846 Vice-President Bill Carlson VicePresident@sdaa.org (425) 736-8485 Recording Secretary Brian McFarland Recording@sdaa.org (619) 462-4483 Treasurer Ed Rumsey Treasurer@sdaa.org (858) 722-3846 Corresponding Secretary Jeff Herman Corresponding@sdaa.org (619) 846-4898 Director Alpha Bob Austin DirectorAlpha@sdaa.org (760) 787-1174 Director Beta Scott Baker DirectorBeta@sdaa.org (858) 442-7513 Director Gamma Michael Finch DirectorGamma@sdaa.org (760) 440-9650 Director Delta Kin Searcy DirectorDelta@sdaa.org (858) 586-0974

    Committees Site Maintenance Bill Quackenbush TDS@sdaa.org (858) 395-1007 Observatory Director Jim Traweek Observatory@sdaa.org (619) 207-7542 Private Pads Mark Smith Pads@sdaa.org (858) 484-0540 Outreach Kin Searcy Ourtreach@sdaa.org (858) 586-0974 N. County Star Parties Doug McFarland NorthStarParty@sdaa.org (760) 583-5436 S. County Star Parties -Vacant- SouthStarParty@sdaa.org E. County Star Parties -Vacant- EastStarParty@sdaa.org Central County Star Parties Kin Searcy CentralStarParty@sdaa.org (858) 586-0974 Camp with the Stars Doug McFarland CampwiththeStars@sdaa.org (760) 583-5436 K.Q. Ranch Coordinator Michael Vander Vorst KQ@sdaa.org (858) 755-5846 Newsletter Andrea Kuhl Newsletter@sdaa.org (858) 547-9887 New Member Mentor Jerry Hilburn Mentor@sdaa.org (858) 565-4059 Webmaster Bob Austin Webmaster@sdaa.org (760) 787-1174 AISIG Kin Searcy AISIG@sdaa.org (858) 586-0974 Site Acquisition Jerry Hilburn SecondSite@sdaa.org (858) 565-4059 Field Trips Bill Carlson FieldTrips@sdaa.org (425) 736-8485 Grants/Fund Raising Jerry Hilburn Grants@sdaa.org (858) 565-4059 Merchandising Paul “Moose” Pountney Merchandising@sdaa.org (619) 465-7014 Publicity Jerry Hilburn Publicity@sdaa.org (858) 565-4059 Roboscope Director Jerry Hilburn RoboScope@sdaa.org (858) 565-4059 Governing Documents Scott Baker DirectorBeta@sdaa.org (858) 442-7513 TDS Network Bill Carlson TDSNet@sdaa.org (425) 736-8485 Amateur Telescope Making Peter De Baan pdebaan@hotmail.com (760) 745-09

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