By Carter Roberts, President
The Grand Opening of the Chabot
Space & Science Center is set for August 19th with a soft
opening to the public expected about August 7th. There are various
events before that, beginning with a night for the contractor
on July 14th and then the EAS Annual Dinner on Saturday July 15th.
As of this writing we had more than 90 people signed up for the
Not until after the Grand Opening will we know how many visitors
will be in the facility at any given time. I expect that the weekends
will be very busy; perhaps busy enough that it might not be possible
to have any EAS lectures on the weekends. We intend to meet at
Old Chabot on August 12th and, we hope, September 9th if the old
building is still available. It is quite likely that any meeting
at New Chabot might have to be on either Wednesday or Thursday
with the most likely day being the third Thursday we now use for
Board meetings. Comments are welcome, either in person or by mail
or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the dinner I will give a short historical note about the early
History of Chabot Observatory based on research done during the
last two years. We have several very nice door prizes. If you
have not already signed up for the dinner, please do so right
away. Contact Don Stone by telephone, e-mail, or in person, but
do it now!
There were 1652 registrants at this year's Riverside Telescope
Makers Conference. Here is an image of Allan Guthmillers
20-inch telescope at RTMC.
On Friday, 4 August we will host a star party for the Eastbay
Regional Park District. It will take place at Bort Meadows in
Chabot Regional Park. To reach the site from the Oakland area,
take Redwood Road over the hill and go about 1.5 miles past the
junction with Pinehurst. The Bort Meadows Staging Area is the
wide turnout on your right. The gate should be open so one can
drive down the road toward the meadow. At the fork in the road,
those without telescopes should turn left to the parking area.
If bringing one or more telescopes, keep to the right until you
reach the turn-around in the meadow. The public is being told
it will begin at 7:30 so please arrive before then. Be sure to
bring a jacket. It can get cold. There will be a 31% Moon but
no major planets.
EAS is grateful to Morris Jones of San Rafael for offering to
host our new website. Mojo also hosts sites for the San Jose Astronomical
Association and other clubs. We have registered a new domain at
www.eastbayastro.org and although that address is
valid and working, it must be considered to be under construction
as our Webmaster Ellis Myers transfers files from our old location.
The computer at chabot.cosc.org has proven to be out of service
for more than 90 percent of the time over the last several months.
The site at http://silcon.com/~eas will continue while the new
site is in shakedown mode.