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RAC Meeting Minutes Jan 10 2020

Co-chairperson Ann Murphy led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 29 members, 3 guests attended Indoor Meeting:  “Night Sky: How To Make and Improve Observations” by RAC Co-Chairman Doug Lively. Doug discussed how to choose an observing program, plan the observations, make and log them. Ultimately, one can submit the observations for an award and keep the observations for future reference. Doug was joined by a panel of 4 experienced observers (and RAC members) who contributed their advice and…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 13 Dec 2019

13 December 2019 Co-chairperson Steve Blake led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts CenterAttendance was not recorded, but 20 to 25 people attended. Indoor Meeting: Swap meet and holiday social. Very little swapping occurred perhaps because the weather was quite bad (rain). Business 1. Treasury report. The report was provided by Co-chairman Steve Blake on behalf of Treasurer Steve Izzo: Current membership: 228 (counting 2 per family membership)Single Members: 142Family Members: 43 Balances• $401.67 in business checking• $12,666.75 in savings•…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 8 Nov 2019

Co-chairperson Doug Lively led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 27 members, 12 guests attended. Indoor Meeting: “Roundtable of Astrophotography” led by Chris Cole. Members of RAC’s Imaging subgroup presented some of their recent images. Thanks to Frank W, Steve C, Chris C, Joe P and Mark L for sharing their work. Business Treasury report. The report was provided by Treasurer Steve Izzo. Current membership: 216 (counting 2 per family membership)Single Members: 136Family Members: 40 Balances $618 in business…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 11 Oct 2019

Co-chairperson Ann Murphy led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 31 members, 3 guests attended. Indoor Meeting: “The Edge of the Visible Universe: High-Redshift Galaxies, Quasars, and Gamma-Ray Bursts” was presented by Dr. Michael Shull, University of Colorado Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. Dr. Shull spoke about our current understanding of the size and age our universe, and the new ideas that may come from the James Webb Space Telescope once it becomes operational. Business Treasury report. The…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 13 Sep 2019

13 September 2019 Co-chairperson Steve Blake led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 33 members, 7 guests attended. “Understanding Sky Conditions: How They Affect Observing” was presented by RAC members Mike Keefe and Phyllis Lang. Three categories of sky conditions were explained, as well as methods of measuring each. By assessing sky conditions, you can decide what types of objects are best suited to conditions. Business 1. Upcoming astronomy class. Sep 29 – “Astronomy with Binoculars”, 2-3pm, Cameron Village…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 09 August 2019

Co-chairperson Steve Blake led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts CenterNote: The secretary thanks Mark Lang for recording the minutes in her absence. 33 members, 5 guests attended. “The Dawn of Modern Astronomy” was presented by Dr Don Ellison, Professor Emeritus, NCSU Department of Physics. Dr. Ellison spoke about the revolutionary contribution to modern astronomy  by  the 1534 publication of “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres” by Nicolaus Copernicus. Business 1. Treasury report.  The report was provided by Treasurer…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 12 July 2019

Co-chairperson Doug Lively led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 16 members attended. “Searching for Intermediate Mass Black Holes in Spiral Galaxies with the Help of Citizen Scientists” was presented by Patrick Treuthardt, Ph.D. Assistant Head, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Dr. Treuthardt gave a brief introduction to the Hubble Classification of galaxies followed by a discussion of spiral galaxy structure as it relates to the mass of the galaxy’s central black hole.…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 14 June 2019

Co-chairperson Ann Murphy led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 24 members, 2 guests attended. RAC member Barton Meeks presented “Analemmas”. Barton presented some background information about timekeeping based on the sun followed by his experience and equipment for observing and measuring the position of the sun at local noon for a year which produces the famous analemma. He has used information from the Astronomical League’s ‘Analemma’ observing program. There were lots of questions, and perhaps a few attendees…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 10 May 2019

Co-chairperson Doug Lively led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 28 members, 1 guest attended. RAC member Chris Cole presented “Observing & Imaging Solar Wavelengths”. Chris presented his experience and equipment for observin and imaging the sun in white light, Hydrogen-Alpha light and Calcium-K light. There were lots of questions. Business The treasury report  was provided by Treasurer Steve Izzo: Current membership: 225 (counting 2 per family membership)Single Members: 145Family Members: 40 Balances $454 in business checking $13,219 in…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 05 April 2019

[ My thanks to co-chairperson Ann Murphy for recording the minutes in my absence. RAC Secretary, Phyllis Lang ] Co-chairperson Doug Lively led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. 20 people attende Tonight’s Topic: “Refactors and SCT” by Chris Cole and Mike Keefe. They discussed the aspects of refactors and SCTs BUSINESS Business Meeting: •       Planned Business: Financials Expunging people that have not paid dues.  Please renew. 100 single memberships currently. Last year only 45 single memberships. This is…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 22 Mar 2019

Co-chairperson Steve Blake led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 26 members, 10 guests attended. RAC member Phyllis Lang presented “Seeing Green: Are There Any Green Stars”. While eye physiology may prevent seeing green, 7 stars were discussed as appearing green to some observers. Business Jim Michnowicz is organizing a Messier Marathon on March 30 at Big Woods. He discussed optimal observing order to maximize your chance of seeing all 110 objects. It will be very difficult to see…

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RAC Meeting Minutes 22 Feb 2019

25 members, 14 guests attended Co-chairperson Doug Lively led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. RAC member Ann Murphy presented “Getting Started in Astronomy”. Many visitors from the recent Astronomy Days (in late January) attended. Business Our next RACOBS is March 8 (weather permitting! Our next indoor meeting is March 22 at our usual location, NCSU Crafts Center. RAC member Phyllis Lang will present “Observing Green Stars”. The treasury report  was provided by Treasurer Steve Izzo: Current membership: 169Single…

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RAC Meeting Minutes – 25 Jan 2019

Co-chairperson Steve Blake led the meeting at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. 29 members, 3 guests attended. This meeting was held at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences so that members needing to set up equipment for Astronomy Days could do so before the meeting. Guest speaker Tony Rice presented “Parker Solar Probe”, an overview of NASA’s mission to study the sun. Tony discussed the launch vehicle, the instruments on board the spacecraft and some the science that we…

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RAC Meeting Minutes – 30 Nov 2018

Co-chairperson Ann Murphy led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. 75-80 people attended, there were many guests SPEAKER Dispatched from a Dark Universe Dr. Katie Mack presented “Dispatched from a Dark Universe”.  Here is the abstract: There’s more to the Universe than we can see – even more than we can ever see. I’ll give a tour of the edges of our knowledge of the cosmos, including where the frontiers are, and what might remain unknowable forever. Come for…

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