|Editor's News 'n Views
Another wild and woolly month as the EAS Leah Restoration Project nears
completion. We are now ready to install Leah onto her concrete throne,
and let me tell you: ya won't recognize her. She is going to be Chabot's
Jewel of the Night, the Cinderella of 'Scopes, the Madonna of the Moon!
Sorry, I couldn't contain myself. Anyways, you're practically going to
want to see her more than see through her, she's that beautiful.
The current plan is for the Leah Restoration Team: Carter Roberts,
Ken Swagerty, Debbie Dyke, Mike Hanley, and myself to install her
on June 2 and/or 3. I think it might make a really good photo-op / media
event for Chabot and the EAS, but haven't heard of any specific plans
in this direction, yet. Keep your eyes peeled on the EAS website (www.eastbayastro.org)
And speaking of the Internet, last month's survey results are in, the
Board has met, and decisions have been made: we are going to begin
using digital delivery for our monthly newsletter (for those who have
agreed to, and are capable of - getting it that way), and the rest of
you will get your newsletters via First Class mail <yes!>. Roughly,
about 50% of you have email capability, and (so far) about 50% of those
with valid email addresses have agreed to receive their newsletters via
email notification. This is great; the advantages in this method are overwhelming,
and I want to thank each of you who responded to the surveys, for your
insight, opinions, and especially for your votes.
The second survey subject regarding meeting changes didn't get quite
the response the first one did, but of the handful of people who responded
indicated, 85% were in favor of changing the monthly meeting time and
location to something other than our usual Saturday night at 7:30 pm.
We discussed the subject at length at the EAS Board meeting, and these
are the issues we considered:
1 The day (Saturday? Thursday? Sunday?)
Out of all these options, we thought a good combination, with all the
considerations in mind, would be: Still free to all comers; Saturday from
6:00 - 7:00 in the theatre for the lecture; refreshment and social break
out at the Café; club business meeting in the Physics classroom.
This venue would interfere somewhat with the dinner hour, but it would
give attendees a chance at telescope viewing, would enable volunteers
to still help out with public telescope viewing, would make the lecture
more pleasing, and would not interfere with Chabot's operations. We'll
discuss these options at the next club meeting on June 2nd (which will
be in the Physics classroom because the Astronomy classroom is being used
for a new Hubble images exhibit).
The owner of Scope City in San Francisco (Sam) has a tip for owners of
the Celestron NextStar 8: there is now a rail that allows the unit to
tuck into itself for storage, just like the 5 inch does. For more info,
contact Sam at (415) 421-8800.
As a parting shot, here's a few pix of interest. Enjoy, enjoy!