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RAC Meeting Minutes 28 Feb 2020

Co-chairperson Doug Lively led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 34 members, 7 guests attended Indoor Meeting:  “Beginning Astronomy at RAC” by RAC member Ann Murphy. Ann gave an overview of getting started with astronomical observing. We had lots of new faces in the audience! Business Treasury report. The report was provided by Doug Lively for Treasurer Steve Izzo. Account balances are: $740 in business checking $15,782 in savings $4.66 in special purpose checking Outreach. Report provided by Doug…

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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 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 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 – 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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RAC Meeting Minutes – 26 Oct 2018

Co-chairperson Steve Blake led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. 28 members, 4 guests attended. Speaker RAC member Doug Lively presented “Glorious Globulars”, an overview of globular clusters. He included the history of their discovery, current understanding of their distribution and cosmology,  how charts indicate them and some favorite Messier globulars. Business Upcoming speakers for 4th quarter include: November 30: Dr. Katie Mack of NCSU, topic to be announced December 14: RAC holiday social and swap meet. Venue will…

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RAC Meeting Minutes – 28 Sep 2018

Co-chairperson Ann Murphy led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. 33 members, 4 guests attended. Speaker RAC member Doug Lively presented “Deadly Stars: The Top Ten Ways the Stars can Kill, Maim or Really Really Hurt You”, a professional risk analysis of the various cosmic dangers that may affect Earth. Extrasolar threats were discussed as well as solar ones. There were lots of questions and answers during the presentation. Business Upcoming speakers for 4th quarter include: October 26: speaker…

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RAC Meeting Minutes – 24 Aug 2018

Co-chairperson Steve Blake led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center. 30 members, 2 guests attended. This meeting had two short topics. “Grazing Occultation of the Moon” by RAC member Mark Lang. Mark discussed the team of RAC members that he organized to view the July 2 occultation of Delta Capricorni by the moon. Some members attempted to image the event which was made difficult by the bright gibbous moon. RAC member Mike Keefe shared some of his video results…

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RAC Meeting Minutes – 27 Jul 2018

Co-chairperson Ann Murphy led the meeting at the NCSU Crafts Center 27 member, 5 guests attended Speaker: Shannon Morgan, RAC member and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Shannon gave an excellent talk entitled “Mars! Dust Storms, Opposition and Observing”. She explained the history and future of Mars oppositions, the dust storm that is affecting the planet during the present opposition, and some pointers the help observe Mars. Business Treasurer Steve Izzo gave a treasury report: $527.19 in business checking $12,521.39 in…

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Meeting Minutes 25 Feb 2016

Co-chairman Chris Cole hosted the meeting. 31 members and visitors attended. The evening’s presentation was “Binary Stars” by club member Jim DellaPenna. The talk was streamed live and recorded for YouTube, and it was very well received by attendees. 1. Club elections are coming up. We will need to elect 3 new Co-chairpersons and a new Secretary. Our current Treasurer (Steve Izzo) plans to run again. Please contact an officer at [email protected] if you have questions about fulfilling any of these…

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