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    Matt Neilssen
    Keymaster

    Here’s some more

    #6145
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING
    March 18, 2019

    SPECIAL LOCATION: John Deere Planetarium, Augustana College
    QCAS members, guests, and PAC in attendance
    (Full attendance list to be submitted later.]

    Proposals for 4 or 5 new committees, including one for observatory merger and expansion

    QCAS events
    March 30: Sherman Park open house
    April 15: Next QCAS meeting
    May 3-5: NCRAL
    May 11: Astronomy Day, Bettendorf High School in the afternoon, Sherman Park at night

    Treasurer’s Report
    General fund: $1897.35
    Events fund: $500
    Observatory relocation fund: $4380

    New website: qcastro.org
    All meeting minutes and news posted there now.

    Requests for outreach, QCAS and PAC
    April 12-13: Comanche
    June 17-21: Tia Lopez, Scott County Park; daytime event
    July 6: Hannah Williams, Adventurous Babes Society (seriously, that’s their name); evening event at Menke
    July 7-12: Cathy Crozier, Timewell, Illinois; 10-50 middle school kids for evening show at campsite

    PAC events
    March 23
    April 20: Niabi Zoo
    May 3-5: NCRAL; 63 signed up for full program as of March 18

    Sept 27-28: EISP, exoplanets theme; talks include speaker from Kepler and TESS, how to detect exoplanets for yourself; $15 full admission fee, $10 extra for electricity

    PRESENTAITON
    Dr. Lee Carkner: Tour of newly renovated John Deere Planetarium

    #6164
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    ATTENDANCE LIST, March 2019 Membership meeting

    Members: Jeff Struve, Robert Mitchell, Rusty Case, Matt Neilssen, Byron Davies, Mike Dannenfeldt, Craig Cox, Ken Boquist, Paul Levesque, Sam Santiago, Cecil Ward, Alan Sheidler, Ian Spangenberg

    Guests: Lee Carkner, Sharon Davies, Gail Sederquist, Andrew Levesque, Terry Dufek, Wayland Bauer, Anne Bauer, Jan Gustafson, Roy Gustafson, Rolando Gamino, Dale Hachtel, Mike Mack, Mark Pershing, Bryan Raser

    CORRECTIONS
    April 12-13: Sheryl Kennedy, Camanche School parents
    July 7-12: Kathy Crozier, Timell, IL

    Treasurer’s report approved.
    Last month’s meeting minutes approved.

    #6250
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING
    April 15, 2019

    ATTENDING:
    Rusty Case
    Craig Cox
    Mike Dannenfeldt
    Byron Davies
    Rolando Gamino
    Robert Mitchell
    Don Robinson
    Paul Saeger
    Sam Santiago
    Alan Sheidler
    Jeff Struve

    NEW GEAR
    Struve: 152mm f/9 Astrophysics Starfire and Model 600E Mount
    Sheidler: 15×70 binoculars for PAC, door prize for NCRAL
    Gamino: Atlas mount with updated wedge, bought from Jeff
    Mitchell: Baader Clicklock for Menke’s 14″ SCT

    Membership dues overdue

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Clean up due at Sherman Park: Text Matt
    Menke roll-off: Check roof, make sure it can be opened; 14″ fork scope’s polar axis is out of alignment
    Use new website forum for communication: Use subscribe button to get notifications

    OUTINGS/EVENTS
    May 11: Astronomy Day; Jeff Struve, Sam Santiago, Robert Mitchell (evening only), Rusty Case
    July 6: Adventurous Babes at Menke; Jeff Struve, John Baker, Byron Davies
    July 8: Night Owl Camp, Timewell, IL; Jeff Struve, Craig Cox?
    July 9 or 10: Newcomb Presbyterian Church at Menke; Jeff Struve, Byron Davies
    August 3: Meteor Shower Party, Pleasant Valley Junior High
    Telescope 101: Williams, Adams, North; maybe when Moon is visible in afternoon

    EISP
    Sept 27-29
    Guest speakers: Steve Kawaler (IA State U), Leslie Rogers (U of Chicago)?; both about exoplanets
    Jeff might give talk about using our gear for exoplanet detection

    OBSERVATORY RELOCATION COMMITTEES
    Purpose and Benefits: Mike Dannenfeldt, Robert Mitchell, Alan Sheidler, Jeff Struve
    Jeff has first-draft document listing benefits to QCAS, SAU, WREEC, Parks and Recreation, County, Public
    Structure Design and Specifications: Craig Cox, Mike Dannenfeldt, Byron Davies, Robert Mitchell
    Equipment Requirements: Byron Davies, Paul Saeger, Sam Santiago, Jeff Struve
    Jeff has first-draft list of accessories for expanded Menke
    Business Planning: Mike Gacioch, Paul Levesque, Robert Mitchell
    Fund Acquisition: Jeff Struve

    OBSERVATORY RELOCATION PROGRESS
    Reference letters: St. Ambrose, David Levy, Jennifer Anderson TBA
    Design and Specifications report:
    Progress on new building design and position relative to existing buildings
    Old, big cement slab at proposed building location. What was it? Can we get rid of it safely?
    Building outline staked out; drainage won’t be a problem
    Less than 1 foot difference in grading across whole outline
    If Cecil willing to donate his 30″ Dob, could it be added to Menke?
    Alternate proposal: Separate control room from both roll-off and dome to keep heat exchange away from scopes

    March minutes APPROVED

    TREASURER’S REPORT
    General fund: $2069.35
    Event fund: $ 500.00
    Relocation fund: $4380.00
    Total: $6949.35

    #6357
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    ATTENDING
    Ken Boquist
    Rusty Case
    Craig Cox
    Mike Dannenfeldt
    Byron Davies
    Mike Gacioch
    Rolando Gamino
    Grant Harkness
    Katrina Harkness
    Paul Levesque
    Robert Mitchell
    Matt Neilssen
    Mike Ombrello
    Don Robinson
    Jim Rutenbeck
    Sam Santiago
    Jeff Struve
    Cecil Ward

    May 3-5: NCRAL
    May 11: Astronomy Day – canceled due to rain

    Newest member, Paul Saeger: bought a camera to use with big telescopes
    Cecil Ward: bought Orion 10″ f/4.5 reflector, bought 90mm f/5.5 guide scope; looking for cameras (maybe RisingCam from Alibaba?)
    Matt Neilssen: bought Orion 8″ f/4 Astrograph

    Sherman Park cleanup: Mike Dannenfeldt will take lead
    Menke roll-off roof: still stuck; weather preventing work; maybe try May 25 or Memorial Day?
    Menke roll-off 14″ out of alignment; maybe fix same time as roof attempt?

    May 25: Wilton Observatory, Gramma’s Kitchen, Menke Observatory; schedule sent by email
    Jeff Struve, Cecil Ward, Terry Dufek, Robert Mitchell, Ken Boquist, Mike Ombrello going
    Updates will be sent by email

    PRESENTATION:
    Grant Harkness, construction of Wilton Observatory

    EISP guest speakers still pending:
    Steve Kawaler, Leslie Rogers (U of Chicago)??, Katherine Melbourne (Yale)??

    COMMITTEES
    Purpose and Benefits: Jeff S, Robert M, Mike D, Alan S
    Structure Design: Mike D, Robert M, Craig C, Byron D, Jeff S
    Equipment: Jeff S, Sam S, Paul S, Byron D, Jim Rutenbeck
    Business Planning: Mike G, Paul L, Robert M, Jeff S
    Fund Acquisition: Jeff S, Matt Neilssen

    Reference letters: David Levy, St. Ambrose, Jennifer Anderson tba; Alan will ask Paul Sipiera again

    TREASURER’S REPORT
    General: $1,919.35
    Event: $500.00
    Observatory Relocation: $4,380.00
    Total: $6,799.35
    All includes reissuing check to Jennifer Anderson; post office still closed due to flood
    APPROVED

    April Minutes APPROVED

    Need to make sure events calendar is up to date on website
    (Might have to cancel Timewell event)

    Perhaps add blog for Special Events?

    #6628
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING 17 June 2019

    ATTENDING
    Rusty Case
    Mike Dannenfeldt
    Rolando Gamino
    Mike Ombrello
    Robert Mitchell
    Jim Rutenbeck
    Pual Saeger
    Sam Santiago
    Alan Sheidler
    Jeff Struve
    Steve VanHyfte
    Cecil Ward

    Hand out the last award from the November dinner to Steve VanHyfte

    OUTINGS
    June 2: QCAS at Menke Observatory; Mike O, Byron, Rusty, Paul, Rolando, Mike D, Don, Cecil, Jeff
    June 7: QCAS at Menke; Rolando, Sam, Jeff
    June 8: Menke public party: Rolando, Sam, Jeff
    June 13: QCAS at Menke; Rusty, Jeff
    June 13: QCAS at Jens-Wendt; Paul, John Baker

    COMING UP
    June 19: Calamus Library; Jeff
    June 21: Founders Day, 5-7 PM; Jeff
    June 29: Jens-Wendt members night
    July 6: Adventurous Babes at Menke – CANCELLED
    July 8: Night Owl Camp, Timewell, IL; Jeff, Craig?, Cecil?
    July 9: Newcomb Presbyterian Church at Menke: Jeff, Byron
    July 10: QCAS Board Meeting
    July 15: Members Meeting
    July 19: Green Iowa Night at the Menke; Robert, Jeff
    Aug 3: Meteor Shower Party, Pleasant Valley Junior High; scope raffle

    NEW GEAR
    Cecil Ward: 90mm f/5.5 guide scope, ZWO ASI 385SC camera, mount
    Rolando Gamino: Astrotec AT80 refractor with auto focuser

    Need nomination committee; must not include members who are running for elected office positions; Jim?
    Sherman Park cleanup: Mike D taking lead; June 22 or 29(morning); new locks
    Menke roll-off building: roof still sticks, 14″ out of alignment; Jeff, Robert, Mike D went out June 7th

    Use the website Forum for communication
    Use subscribe button to get notifications

    Telescope 101: Williams, Adams, North; when Moon visible in afternoon

    Eastern Iowa Star Party
    59 pre-registration emails sent to interested parties June 15; 9 yes replies as of June 16
    Guest speakers: Steve Kawaler (IA State U), deciphering Kepler/K2/TESS data; Leslie Rogers? (U of Chicago); Katherine Melbourne? (Yale); Jeff Struve (QCAS), detecting exoplanets with amateur gear and free software

    PRESENTATIONS
    Paul Saeger: Trials and Tribulations of Astrophotography
    Sam Santiago: (Electronic) Focusers

    Observatory relocation
    Reference letters: David Levy, St. Ambrose, Jennifer Anderson, Grant Harkness (Wilton Observatory), Dave Murcia (WREEC), Amber Sullivan and Roger Kean (Scott County Conservation Board) PENDING, Chris Like (Bettendorf High) PENDING, Ian Spangenberg PENDING, Sheryl Kennedy (Camanche Schools) PENDING
    Purpose and Benefits: No news
    Structure Design: Roll-off needs to be moved closer to un-mowed ground, but ground needs to be raised
    Equipment: Jim compiled highest-quality list from committee members’ suggestions, total cost $94,000; if funds insufficient, Jim recommends cutting back on cameras since they become obsolete more quickly
    Business Planning: Waiting for info from other committees; two prospective $1000 donors, pending business package
    Fund Acquisition: Waiting for info packets, one fully comprehensive, one less detailed, one just the gist of it
    Steve VanHyfte: Move dome now?
    Jeff Struve: Reluctant to before full plan and packet ready

    Treasurer’s report
    General: $789.35
    Events: $500.00
    Observatory: $4380.00
    Total: $6669.35

    May minutes approved

    #6738
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING 15 July 2019

    ATTENDING:
    Ken Boquist
    Rusty Case
    Craig Cox
    Mike Dannenfeldt
    Byron Davies
    Terry Dufek
    Dino Milani
    Robert Mitchell
    Matt Neilssen
    Don Robinson
    Jim Rutenbeck
    Paul Saeger
    Sam Santiago
    Alan Sheidler
    Steve Sinksen – renewed membership
    Jeff Struve
    Cecil Ward

    RECENT
    June 19: Calamus Library; Jeff Struve
    June 21: Founders Day; cancelled due to weather
    June 29: Members Night, Jens-Wendt Observatory; Cecil Ward, John Baker, Robert Mitchell, Paul Saeger, Rusty Case; 4 guests; weather interfered
    July 6: Adventurous Babes at Menke; cancelled
    July 7: PAC observing session
    July 8: Night Owl Camp, Timewell, IL; cancelled due to weather
    July 9: Newcomb Presbyterian Church, Menke, 1-3 PM; Dave Murcia (WREEC) gave tour
    July 10: QCAS Board Meeting; Jeff Struve, Sam Santiago, Mike Ombrello, Mike Dannenfeldt, Steve VanHyfte

    July 12: Experiment with mounting camera and 102mm refractor on Menke dome 14″ scope to transmit image to classroom’s big screen. Moon’s clarity good. Planet images very small. Maybe 4x Barlow would help?
    Ideally, small computer with local Wi-fi to link camera to screen. Or wireless HDMI?

    OBSERVATIONS
    Rusty Case and Paul Saeger experimenting with astrophotography

    UPCOMING
    July 17: WQPT interview, 1 PM
    July 19: Green Iowa at Menke; Robert Mitchell, Jeff Struve
    July 20: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 at Putnam, ends at 10 PM; same night as PAC’s Niabi Zoo
    July 27: Member Night, Jens-Wendt
    Aug 3: Meteor Shower Party, Pleasant Valley Junior High; scope raffle;
    Aug 7: board meeting
    Aug 17: Menke star party
    Aug 19: society meeting

    NEW GEAR
    Byron: HoTech Laser Collimator
    Jeff: rings and dovetail for 152mm Starfire
    Steve Sinksen: vintage Meade

    EISP
    Astro-Tech 102mm f/7 doublet for raffle, donated by Sam Santiago and Rolando Gamino

    PRESENTATIONS
    Apollo 11 videos
    A Trip to the Moon (1902)
    Moon movie trivia
    Voyager software: full automation package for observatories and astrophotography

    Nomination committee: Paul Saeger and Mike Ombrello; need names
    Sherman Park cleanup: Mike Dannenfeldt; need new locks; may postpone until weather is cooler
    EAA presentation by Jack Huerkamp of Mallincam
    Dr. Steven Spangler gave name of potential speaker for EISP

    TREASURER’S REPORT
    General fund: $1839.35
    Event fund: $ 500.00
    Relocation fund: $4380.00
    TOTAL: $6749.35
    Treasurer’s report accepted

    June minutes accepted

    #6861
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEETING 19 Aug 2019

    ATTENDING
    Ken Boquist
    Tom Bullock
    Rusty Case
    Mike Dannenfeldt
    Byron Davies
    Terry Dufek
    Mike Gacioch
    Rolando Gamino
    Paul Levesque
    Dino Milani
    Mitch Milani
    Robert Mitchell
    Ron Mullen
    Matt Neilssen
    Don Robinson
    Jim Rutenbeck
    Sam Santiago
    Alan Sheidler
    Steve Sinksen
    Jeff Struve
    Cecil Ward

    Minutes of last business meeting APPROVED

    OUTINGS
    July 19: Green Iowa’s Night at the Menke; estimated 20-30 guests
    July 27: Sherman Park open house; cancelled due to predicted weather threat
    Aug 3: Meteor Shower Party; big success, clear skies, estimated 300-400 guests; $233 in raffle ticket sales for Observatory Fund
    Notes for future Meteor Shower Parties: need more sign-in books and pens, more than two people supervising sign-in desk, just record cell phone number for raffle ticket sales; people paid more attention to presentations with audio
    Aug 6: Impromptu Menke outing; Sam, Rolando, Terry, Rusty, Byron, Jim, Mike, Paul, Robert, Jeff, and others
    Aug 7: board meeting
    Aug 17: Menke star party; cancelled due to predicted weather threat

    Sherman Park and Menke star party weather turned out pretty good instead. Propose not cancelling due to weather threat again, just be prepared for indoor activities in case.

    UPCOMING
    Aug 23: PAC, Cordova Civic Center, 7:30 PM
    Aug 24: Sherman Park open house
    Sept 4: board meeting
    Sept 7: Sherman Park open house
    Sept 14: PAC, girl scouts space program in Princeton, IL
    Sept 16: membership meeting
    Sept 21: Menke star party / PAC at Niabi
    Sept 27-29: EISP; registration emails sent out
    Oct 12: PAC Banquet
    Oct 23-27: David Levy Dark Sky Star Party; Jim Rutenbeck, John Baker, Jeff Struve

    GEAR
    Jeff Struve: ZWO ADC (atmospheric dispersion corrector) for sale
    Terry Dufek: Orion 70-degree EP’s; tested at Menke, happy with results
    Sam Santiago: 2″ Optolong Dual Band Filter, piggyback scope mounting (for Menke 14″?)
    Rolando Gamino: 9.25 Celestron Edge, ES eyepiece and dew heater; Pelican case for sale

    Nomination committee: Paul Seager and Mike Ombrello; check emails for nominations

    Sherman Park clean-up: John and Steve V continued telescope repairs; Jim, Steve S, Paul and his father showed up
    20″ DSC rewired; takes OK photos for up to 2 minutes – goal is 5 min; rear weights corrected, drive cleaned, clutch pressure reset, polemaster used once
    Polemaster used on 16″ with 79-cent bracket; heavy counterweights were a challenge; find adjustment on floor pivot bolts
    16″ motor drive has too much backlash, needs future adjustment
    future 20″ checks: repeat polemaster, possibly with atmospheric compensation

    November dinner: Propose going to Dynasty again; majority agrees

    Menke roll-off: stuck roll-off roof still waiting for repair

    PRESENTATIONS
    Don Robinson: Progression of models of the universe and our understanding of the planets
    Rusty Case: Memories of the Nebraska Star Party

    EISP
    Registration emails sent to 34 people Aug 11; 11 responded, 14 paid
    Guest speakers: Steve Kawaler (IA State University), Jeff Struve (QCAS)
    Prizes and raffle: Jim Rutenbeck sent out door prize requests to 10 vendors; Tom Fields sent 2 spectroscopy posters; George Bailey sent an ES Barlow and guide scope; Celestron sent binoculars and brochures; 102mm f/7 AstroTech Doublet for raffle ($10 per chance or 2 chances for $15); no word from Explore Scientific yet

    RELOCATION COMMITTEES
    No additional reference letters yet
    Equipment Committee agrees on three lists of equipment, depending on three different levels of money: high-end mount first, then high-end scope (e.g. 175mm triplet), then cameras and accessories
    Steve VanHyfte recommends putting only a pier in the new dome so club members can use their own gear with it

    TREASURER’S REPORT
    General Fund: $1554.35
    Event Fund: $ 750.00
    Observatory Fund: $4613.00
    EISP estimated cost: $ 480.00
    TOTAL $7397.35
    Dino moved to accept, Tom seconded; Report APPROVED

    Matt showed some pictures from the improved 20″ scope

    Paul motioned to adjourn, Dino seconded

    #6948
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEETING 16 Sept 2019

    ATTENDING
    Tom Bullock
    Rusty Case
    Mike Dannenfeldt
    Byron Davies
    Terry Dufek
    Rolando Gamino
    Dino Milani
    Robert Mitchell
    Ron Mullen
    Matt Neilssen
    Mike Ombrello
    Don Robinson
    Jim Rutenbeck
    Sam Santiago
    Steve Sinksen
    Ian Spangenberg
    Jeff Struve
    Cecil Ward

    RECENT EVENTS
    Aug 20: PAC in Cordova, 60 guests
    Sept 7: QCAS membership night
    Byron: lunar observation
    Sept 14: Dino; Planetary Studies Foundation; adding a planetarium

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Sept 21: Menke public star party; PAC at Niabi
    Sept 27-29: EISP
    Oct 12: QCAS membership night; PAC annual banquet
    Oct 23-27: David Levy Dark Sky Star Party, Benton, Arizona; includes Kitt Observatory tour

    NEW GEAR
    Sam Santiago: Tak EM200, ATIK Infinity camera
    Rolando Gamino: Orion Sirius mount
    Cecil Ward: ZWO ASI120mm guide camera
    Dino Milani: ES diagonal, Celestron 90mm f/11 Mak
    Jim Rutenbeck: Rev II

    SEEKING GEAR
    Tom Bullock: Looking for a Telrad

    Nomination committee: Paul Saeger, Mike Ombrello
    Email nominations sent out Sept 2
    More emails for nominations will be sent out later this week
    Slate of nominees due next month

    QCAS dinner meeting, Nov 18: Dynasty, starting 6:15 PM; 15 reservations

    EASTERN IOWA STAR PARTY
    23 registrants paid, 9 checks in mail
    Sept 21 cutoff, then +$15 for late registration
    Guest speakers:

    PRESENTATIONS
    Ian Spangenberg: A Trip to Ganymede
    Dino Milani: Foucault’s Pendulum

    August minutes APPROVED

    TREASURER’S REPORT
    General: $1554.35
    Events: $ 518.82
    Observatory: $4798.00
    EISP: $ 880.00
    TOTAL: $7751.17
    Treasurer’s report APPROVED

    Menke Observatory will be getting internet from HughesNet. Purchase made Sept 16. Installation date TBA

    #7003
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEETING 21 Oct 2019

    ATTENDING:
    Ken Boquist
    Matt Brown
    Rusty Case
    Mike Dannenfeldt
    Terry Dufek
    Dino Milani
    Robert Mitchell
    Matt Neilssen
    Sam Santiago
    Alan Sheidler

    Matt Neilssen officiated this meeting in Jeff Struve and Mike Ombrello’s absence

    RECENT EVENTS
    Sept 21: Menke star party, clouded out; 12 guests took the tour; Robert, Sam, Rolando, Jeff; Saturn was observed; Jeff’s Moon presentation played
    Oct 12: Sherman Park star party, poor sky conditions; Cecil, Rolando, Sam; 2 guests
    Oct 12: PAC annual banquet
    Oct 19: Menke star party, clouded out; 2 guests, tour; Robert, Sam, Mike O, Jeff
    Oct 19: PAC at Niabi, clouded out

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Nov 6: board meeting
    Nov 11: MERCURY TRANSIT, all morning; PACMO at Niabi, parking lot
    Nov 18: annual dinner, elections; 6:30 PM; 25 guests RSVP’d
    Nov 23: Sherman Park star party
    Dec 4: board meeting
    Dec 16: regular meeting
    Dec 28: Sherman Park star party

    NEW GEAR
    Matt Brown: plans to buy AstroPhysics 10″ Mac

    ELECTION NOMINATIONS
    Rusty Case: President, declined
    Sam Santiago: President, declined
    Mike Ombrello: Vice-President, accepted
    Jim Rutenbeck: Vice-President, declined
    Sam Santiago: Treasurer, accepted
    Cecil Ward: Secretary, no reply
    Ken Boquist: Secretary, no reply
    Steve VanHyfte: declined

    EISP RECAP
    Clouds and rain; speaker presentations were successful
    18 door prizes awarded; Mitch Milani won 102mm f/7 Astrotek doublet
    Jan set up vendor table; Grant sold meteorites

    EISP 2020
    Sept. 18-20?
    Theme: Ancient Skies
    Possible 2020 speakers: Mary Stewart (Director, Headlands International Dark Sky Park), Dr. Lee Carkner, Dave Ruddy (historical comets), Jeff Struve (astronomical significance, numismatics)

    September Meeting minutes APPROVED

    TREASURER’S REPORT
    General: $1654.35
    Events: $ 750.00
    Observatory: $5597.78
    TOTAL: $8002.13 – highest October balance ever
    Treasurer’s report APPROVED

    #7080
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEETING 16 Dec 2019

    ATTENDING:
    Ken Boquist
    Rusty Case
    Terry Dufek
    Dino Milani
    Robert Mitchell
    Matt Neilssen
    Mike Ombrello
    Sam Santiago
    Alan Sheidler
    Steve Sinksen
    Jeff Struve
    Cecil Ward

    RECENT EVENTS
    Nov 23: QCAS public night, Jens-Wendt
    Dec 2: Large meteor; Pat, Mike O, and Dino saw it
    Dec 6: Wilton Observatory with Grant
    Dec 6: PAC; Sam, Ian and 6 of his students, Jason and daughter, Cecil, Matt, Ken, Rolando, Paul

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Dec 28: QCAS public night, Jens-Wendt; Jeff, Matt, Sam, Rusty
    May 17-24: Texas Star Party; Mike, Jim, and Jeff applied

    Proposal to have scheduled programs at QCAS public nights

    Texas Star Party: register on their website; drawing in February to notify who among the registrants will be able to go

    NEW GEAR
    Jeff: Boyd Dome
    Jeff: TeleVue Apollo 11mm eyepiece, 85 deg FoV, 18mm ER, 1.25″ w/2″ adapter, 21.9 oz
    Cecil: ZWO ADC

    GEAR FOR SALE
    Alan: 10″ SCT LX-50 EMC Meade with hand controller, clock drive, 8×50 finder scope, 90 deg prism, wedge, tripod, solar filter (glass coated), carrying case; good condition
    PAC: AstroPhysics 6″ f/12 Super Planetary refractor and Celestron/Losmandy mount; belonged to Paul Castle, c. 1987

    American Doll and Toy Museum is open
    Ellen and Dino Milani
    1303 30th Street, Rock Island
    Room for astronomy events

    ANNUAL DINNER MEETING
    18 attended
    Two-Timer Awards: Terry, Steve, Mitch, Dino

    ELECTIONS
    Robert Mitchell elected Vice President
    Sam Santiago elected Treasurer
    Thanks to Mike Ombrello and Matt Neilssen for their service

    2020 Calendar all set

    2020 EISP
    Proposed theme: Ancient Skies
    Proposed speakers:
    Bob Trembley, representative for Warren Astronomical Society to the Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs (GLAAC)
    Mary Stewart, director of Headlands International Dark Sky Park
    Lee Carkner
    Dave Ruddy (historical comets)
    Jeff Struve (numismatic significance)

    GLAAC hosts an annual “Astronomy at the Beach”

    PRESENTATION
    Mike Ombrello: David Levy Star Party

    OBSERVATORY RELOCATION
    Finalized layout at Wapsi:
    New roll-off building at western end of grounds, with control room just to its north
    New dome at eastern end of grounds
    12 new pads, with electricity feed to all new pads and buildings
    Routers to boost WiFi access throughout grounds
    Still need to negotiate with Wapsi to allow new roll-off roof to roll off over un-mowed grass
    Proposal to move the dome from Sherman Park to Wapsi first: first half of 2020
    Proposal to hold raffle for EISP: Winner gets to use new dome during EISP

    November minutes APPROVED

    TREASURER’S REPORT
    General: $1,809.64
    Events: $ 750.00
    Observatory: $6,347.78
    TOTAL: $8,907.42
    Treasurer’s report APPROVED

    #7124
    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEETING 20 Jan 2020

    ATTENDING
    Rusty Case
    Craig Cox
    Terry Dufek
    Rolando Gamino
    Paul Levesque
    Robert Mitchell
    Ron Mullen
    Dave Ruddy
    Logan Saeger
    Paul Saeger
    Sam Santiago
    Alan Sheidler
    Steve Sinksen
    Jeff Struve
    Cecil Ward

    RECENT EVENTS
    Dec: Jeff Struve has PAC article in Argus/Dispatch about Star of Bethlehem
    Jan 20: Jeff Struve at Wilton Observatory; installed FIrecapture, Sharp Cap, Stellarium, drivers and camera configuration for ZWO ASI178mm camera; gave observatory utilization and exoplanet detection talk for astronomy class

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Jan 25: Jens-Wendt open house, 4:30-6:30 PM; PowerPoint on celestial objects; Jeff, Sam, Rusty
    Feb 5: Board meeting
    Feb 17: Club meeting
    May 17-24: Texas Star Party; Mike, Jim, Jeff sent for applications

    Jonathan Rasler (563-370-8854) wants astronomy event for 1st-5th grade scouts, Truman Elementary in Davenport; meeting 6 PM last Thursday of the month; NOVA Badge; Jeff, Cecil

    GEAR BOUGHT
    Jeff Struve: 10 Micron Half Pillar; book, Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory
    Steve Sinksen: 6” f/12 AstroPhysics Super Planetary and Celestron/Losmandy mount
    Paul Saeger: Byron’s CG5 (tentative)

    GEAR FOR SALE
    Alan: 10” SCT LX-50 EMC Meade with hand controller, clock drive, 8×50 finder scope, 90-deg prism, accommodates 1¼“ eyepieces, wedge, tripod, glass-coated solar filter, carrying case; scope in good condition; make offer – SOLD
    Steve VanHyfte: AstroPhysics Traveler, 105mm f/6 triplet

    GEAR WANTED
    Paul Seager: Imaging scope

    Several membership renewals tonight
    Need volunteers for February presentation: Maybe Paul Levesque
    Need full-time Secretary

    PRESENTATION
    San Santiago: Wuz Up with Betelgeuse

    December minutes APPROVED

    TREASURER’S REPORT
    General $2309.64
    Events $ 750.00
    Observatory $6347.78
    Dues: $ 140.00 (collected today)
    TOTAL $9547.42
    Treasurer’s Report APPROVED

    2020 EISP
    Guest speakers: Bob Tremley, Mary Stewart (?), Lee Carkner (?), Dave Ruddy (?)
    Suggested fee: $25

    OBSERVATORY RELOCATION
    Control room moved to north side of new roll-off building; new map forthcoming
    Goal to build new dome this year: show progress for donors, give electricity to east end of field, speed up move from Jens-Wendt
    Raffle for use of new dome for 2020 EISP
    Documentation in preparation in three packages; still need pricing; waiting for bid on new roll-off
    Proposal: One-time spring star party, all proceeds to go to Relocation, include test run for Skype

    Maybe test run for Skype during Messier Marathon?

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    Robert Mitchell
    Moderator

    QCAS MEETING 17 Feb 2020

    ATTENDING:
    Ken Boquist
    Rusty Case
    Terry Dufek
    Rolando Gamino
    Jason Howell
    Robert Mitchell
    Ron Mullen
    Matt Neilssen
    Becky Ortner
    Paul Saeger
    Sam Santiago
    Alan Sheidler
    Steve Sinksen
    Jeff Struve
    Cecil Ward

    RECENT EVENTS
    Jan 25: Jens-Wendt open house; cancelled due to weather

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    Meet with Jon to help him with his Celestron 8se: Rusty, Terry
    Feb 22: Jens-Wendt open house; PVHS may attend
    Mar 14: Jens-Wendt open house
    Mar 21: Messier Marathon
    Last Thursday in Mar: scouts, Jonathan Rasler, 1st-5th grade, Truman Elementary, Davenport
    topics for NOVA badge: visit with astronomy club member, talk about how people use space science,
    how to focus a telescope, draw and label 5 constellations, explain orbits and rotations,
    investigate 3 planets
    Jeff Struve, Cecil Ward, seeking more participants

    GEAR PURCHASED
    Jeff Struve: Atik EFW2
    Paul Saeger: CG5 from Byron, 2″ SCT imaging visual back, 127mm f/7.5 FCD100 triplet, 2″ Optolong LEnhance filter, ZWO Off-axis guider, ZWO 224MC for planetary and guiding
    Cecil Wars: Stellarmate pocket computer
    Rusty Case: 2x Barlow for planetary
    Sam Santiago: Bino viewer, second MkIV Hyperion Zoom, AT115 f/7 triplet, AT80ED f/7 doublet
    Rolando Gamino: Atik Horizon 2 color/cooled CMOS

    GEAR FOR SALE
    Robert Valentine: 8″ SkyQuest Dob and accessories (6 eyepieces, Barlow, NB filter, 3 color filters,
    solar filter); $400; 563-219-5078
    Steve VanHyfte: AP Traveler 105mm f/6 triplet

    GEAR WANTED
    Matt Neilssen: Modified DSLR

    Membership renewals: 36 paid, 1 open

    March presentation: call for volunteers

    Facilities Director: Steve VanHyfte (pro-temp)
    Still seeking permanent Secretary

    PRESENTATIONS
    Alan Sheidler: 2019 Mercury Transit
    YouTube: The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D
    YouTube: Starlink
    YouTube: ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter

    JANUARY MINUTES
    Cecil Ward moves to approve, Robert Mitchell seconds
    January minutes APPROVED

    TREASURER’S REPORT
    General: $2,669.64
    Events: $ 750.00
    Observatory: $6,347.78
    Total: $9,767.42
    Treasurer’s Report APPROVED

    Plan to build new dome at Menke by EISP

    Cecil Ward moves to adjourn, Matt Neilssen seconds

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