QUID NOVI: Newsletter of the Desert
Foothills Astronomy Club
Last Updated: Friday,
July 21st, 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 [CANCELLED DUE TO
||6:00 pm - ?
||"Forbidden Planet" + snacks
||Ron Walker's place in Cave Creek (see
||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. We are listed on their Member Societies page (http://www.astroleague.org/al/general/society.html). DFAC exists! Even more cool, since they list
the clubs in alphabetical order, DFAC is at the top of
the list ... at least until somebody starts the AAA
(Arizona Astronomy Association). 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. Our
application is still pending, but should be returned to
me this week (so they tell me).
- Membership dues have been rolling in. We
now have 11/21 members paid, and $365 in our bank
account. My calculation of $25 was based on 100%
response, so if you haven't yet sent in your dues, please
do so as soon as possible. We're counting on you. You can
bring your check or cash to our upcoming observing
session on July 22nd (if it happens) or, if not
attending, you can mail it to me at: 48412 N. Black
Canyon HWY, #299, New River, AZ 85087, or Roger at the
address listed on the Join DFAC page of this website. Thanks!
Our First DFAC Members-Only Observing Session:
- We are cancelled again due
to bad weather. Even if there were a few holes in the
clouds, it'll be hot after sunset. Heat advisory still in
affect! See below for Plan B ...
- Backup plan: Member
Ron Walker has graciously offered his home in Cave Creek
as a rendezvous point, where we'll watch the classic
sci-fi movie Forbidden Planet and consume mass quantities
of popcorn and soda. Ron says to bring anything you might
want in addition to that. If you have a convenient
folding chair, bring it along to ensure seating (unless
you don't mind sitting on the carpet). Meet as his place
around 6 pm. See you there!
- With most of our cygni in order, I've
started the process of lining up speakers for our DFAC
Lecture Series. Although I'm still open to input on this,
I think it would be wise to plan our first meeting (Sep
27th) without a guest speaker. Knowing from experience
the things that can go wrong the first time at a new
venue (locked doors, uncooperative AV equipment, lost
DFAC members, etc) I'd hate to inconvenience our guest
speaker. Not that I expect anything to go awry. But it
might be best to schedule our first guest lecture for
October instead. Our September meeting will then be a
"members only" event, with a multimedia
presentation by yours truly (just to test their AV
equipment), and open discussion by members. BCHS faculty
& students may or may not be in attendance.
- As you can see from the new heading on
this page, we have decided to go totally electronic with
our newsletter. It will be Quid Novi. As time goes by,
you will see this page evolve to look more like a
newsletter, reporting on club activities and business,
and including member contributions. I think the
flexibility this provides is a good thing. Of course,
DFAC members without internet access would receive a copy
of Quid Novi via USPS (as they do now). The hardcopy
would be a simple printout of the Quid Novi web page(s)
... nothing fancy, but all we really need for efficient
communication. This totally redefines the position of
Editor (which still needs to be filled). The Editor would
need to have internet access, and be provided the means
to edit this part of the website. Whether the Editor
would also act as the Webmaster remains to be discussed.
- FOR SALE: one aluminum
optics case with foam inserts, 18" x 12.5" x
6", never used, $50 at Orion Telescopes, $30 for any
DFAC member, first come first served, contact Dan Heim at
the usual address (see ... I told you Quid Novi was going
to evolve into a newsletter).
- Thanks for reading Quid Novi and staying
involved with DFAC. You know where to send your feedback.