2011 Convention a great night

Photo: Sunset over the still lake at park. Photo by James Guilford.
The sun sets on a beautiful day, ushering in a clear night sky full of stars. Photo by James Guilford.

It was a great night at Letha House Park! CAA members and invited astronomy club members from the area gathered under gloriously clear skies for an evening of socializing and a night of excellent observing.

Many thanks to all those who attended this annual event, and to those who brought the good food for the pot luck and helped with its preparation!  Special thanks in this regard to Marianne Wadsworth, who helped VP Mike Williams with her grilling skills.

Board member Tim Campbell brought in all the great-tasting wieners, brats, and sausages for the event at an excellent price.  Our thanks to Bob Guttwein, president of Five Star Brand Meats in Cleveland, who offered the high-quality meat at a steep discount through Tim.

Photo: Lecturer with projected image of Saturn's moon Titan. Photo by James Guilford.
Featured speaker Jay Reynolds talks about the NASA Cassini mission, shown here with a projected image of Saturn's moon Titan. The new facilities at Letha House Park were much appreciated.Photo by James Guilford.

We had visitors from the Black River, Chagrin Valley, and Mahoning Valley clubs.  It was nice to host them!

Many thanks to our secretary, Steve Spears, who got a good supply of door prizes in spite of tight economic conditions. Caffeine kudos to Ray and Lynn Paul, who brought a large coffee pot and fixings for coffee lovers.

Special thanks to Gail Korylak, who helped with the clean-up.  Gail cleaned all the tables, moved all the tables and chairs, and then vacuumed the floor.  Earlier during the dinner, she also set up and arranged the food table.  She did a great job.

Our thanks also, of course, to Jay Reynolds, who gave an interesting talk about Saturn and the Cassini Mission.

Photo: Astronomers setting up telescopes in early twilight. Photo by James Guilford
2011 Convention attendees set up their telescopes under the clear skies of early twilight. Photo by James Guilford.

The recent improvements to the park gave telescope owners the opportunity to park on solid pavement and set up their instruments on earth. Adding to the pleasure was the fact that skies over the park were the best they have been in many a year for the CAA’s event. It was a great night, indeed!

Special Findley State Park star party – CANCELED

UPDATE: Due to a very unfavorable weather forecast, the Findley State Park star party has been canceled. We hope to try again in September! — Aug. 5, 2011

CAA will host a star party on the beach at Findley State Park from 9 PM to midnight (or so) on Saturday, August 6. Mike Williams, Jay Reynolds, and Bill Murmann plan to participate and of course welcome any other club members who would like to join us. Speaking from experience, Mike and Jay say that this is a great dark-sky site. Park Naturalist Roger Nikiforow said we could expect somewhere between 100 and 200 people for the program. The concession stand will be kept open before and during our star party.  Roger will be giving a presentation about astronomy from 7-8 p.m. in the nature center, and will join us with his telescope around 8:30 p.m. CAA members are encouraged to attend and bring their own telescopes; a limited number of reserved camping spots have been set aside for participating CAA members. Everyone’s invited!

Findley State Park, Wellington, Ohio