Last Updated: Sunday,
June 27th, 2006
||7:00 pm - ?
||Members-only observing session
||Heimhenge in New
[CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER]
||7:00 pm - ?
||Members-only observing session
||Heimhenge in New River (rescheduling
date for above event)
||7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
||DFAC Lecture Meeting #1
||Boulder Creek High
School, 40404 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem, AZ
||5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
||Student Astronomy Night
College Prep, 7191 E. Ashler Hills Drive, Scottsdale, AZ
The latest State
of DFAC message from your provisional
Stargazing Colleagues: Here's an update on
several matters of DFAC business.
- DFAC is now a member of the Astronomical
League. Don't look for us quite yet on their Member
Societies page (http://www.astroleague.org/al/general/society.html), as the processing will take a few days. Our
application and check was sent out on June 14th. Members
of DFAC will now start receiving "Reflector,"
the League's own quarterly news magazine. If you've never
been to their website, check them out. Plenty of good
info and links.
- DFAC has also applied for a quote on
liability insurance. The application went out to Seabury
& Smith June 15th. Based on my conversation with
their agent, I am expecting we will qualify for their
minimum rate of $320/year. This is our largest ongoing
expense, and we need it to use the BCHS facilities.
- Good news: there will be no rental charge
for our use of the BCHS Career Center. Kevin Imes (BCHS
Principal) informed me that, since the meetings will be
open to any interested BCHS student, our use will qualify
under the "student activity or club" rule. That
saves us $270/year! On the same topic, we now have
"last Wednesday of the month" reserved at BCHS
from September through May, inclusive. This means I can
begin the process of booking speakers for our first
Lecture Series. If
you have any suggestions, or would like to do a
presentation yourself, let me know and I'll see what I
- Bad news: our BCHS faculty liaison, Kim
Lindvig (who many of you met at our charter meeting) has
moved to the east coast following a reassignment of her
husband. This has no affect on DFAC's plans, as another
faculty member will be recruited in August. Access to our
meeting facility is still ensured due to the presence of
a reliable night maintenance crew with all the keys to
BCHS. I have been assured by Kevin Imes that doors will
be unlocked and locked as needed.
- Dues are now, well,
"due." Since the cost of
liability insurance is now known, I am able to set
membership dues for the first year. As I explained at our
charter meeting, dues for year one will necessarily be
higher than subsequent years because of various startup
costs. Those startup costs have been, effectively,
covered by donations already received. My original
estimate of $30-$40 was close, but high. For this first
year, assuming 21 members, we can get by with $25.00 per
household. If you're interested in the cost breakdown,
see my arithmetic: here.
You can bring your check or cash to our upcoming
observing session on June 24th or, if not attending, you
can mail it to me at: 48412 N. Black Canyon HWY, #299,
New River, AZ 85087. Thank you.Your prompt response ensures that
DFAC's organizational phase stays on schedule.
Our First DFAC Members-Only Observing Session:
- With our first
members-only observing session clouded out, I've decided
to try a reschedule for July 22nd (also a near-New Moon).
I'm still anxious to try out my newly cleaned and
collimated Dob, and will probably have it out next clear
night. You've got to see M13 through this thing with a 13
mm Nagler ... just awesome. M57 looks pretty good too.
Anyway, pray for clear skies, and we'll see what happens
next time around.
- Ken Reeves outstanding series of deep sky
observing articles (originally written for SAC's
newsletter) is now available right here on the DFAC
website. Check out the Deep Sky Views link on our main
menu. Thanks Ken!
- It has been suggested that, with the
existence of Quid Novi, a DFAC newsletter may be
redundant. That's a good point. The only problem I see is
for DFAC members that lack internet access, and to whom a
properly formatted printed newsletter would be sent.
Sure, we can always just copy and paste this page into a
word processor and print it out that way, but it doesn't
look nearly as classy, and word processors sometimes
chokes on tables (note I've added our events schedule
above). Still, it's something to think about. If we do go
this route, it'll totally redefine the position of Editor
(which still needs to be filled). Your input on this matter is
Thanks for reading Quid Novi and staying
involved with DFAC. You know where to send your feedback. Clear