Below are the minutes from the May general meeting...please contact me with any corrections. Enjoy! Joe ----------------- Saguaro Astronomy Club Minutes of General Meeting May 7, 2004 The meeting was called to order sometime prior to the secretary?s arrival at 1938MST. The secretary?s irresponsibility has cost the membership an accurate report of the meeting?s starting time. He should drummed from office for this lack of concern. There were 44 attendees at this time. 1. President Thad Robosson asked any visitors to identify themselves, but by the time this reporter arrived, this had concluded. The secretary should be shot. 2. Thad related that treasurer Al Stiewig couldn?t attend the meeting, but had sent a report on the club?s finances. There is $1257.14 in the checking account, $4328.25 in the savings account and $49 on-hand. This yields a total of $5634.39. There is also one month?s room rental paid. 3. Thad announced a star party sponsored by the Salvation Army near Heber. Contact him for details. 4. A.J. Crayon thanked correspondents for their contributed observations for the ?Last Call? column in the newsletter. Refer to the newsletter for the constellations for the next column and a correction to the double star list. 5. Gene Lucas reported that the members have been invited to participate in the annual Astronomy Day activities at the Arizona Science Center. This year it will be May 15 at the Science Center. Park at the Heritage Square lot on 5th street, one mile north. Get a badge and parking validation at the lobby desk in the center. There will be displays and, hopefully, telescopes to view the sun. He had flyers for the Astronomy Day and Telescope workshop. 6. Paul Dickson brought some items to sell. He had several binders for $1, books for $5 each, an HP-41CV programmable calculator for $10 and a 1.5 Megapixel digital camera with extra lenses for $40. He also had a separate case. 7. Jack Jones reported that we can get the Honeywell rate at Kinko?s for the newsletter and asked if the club would fund an additional $10 per month to have the newsletter folded and stapled by Kinko?s. There was a motion to do so; it was seconded. The motion passed. 8. A representative from Sirius Lookers in Sedona relayed an invitation to join them at their Stoneman Lake observing site the next two weekends if the weather cooperates. 9. Show and Tell: Steve Dodder gave a short update on the Schwar Binocular Chair restoration. For more information, see Steve?s website at http://www.stargazing.net/astroman. He also said that he has a supply of Ebony Star that he could be persuaded to part with. Tom Polakis presented information on three comets presently in the sky. Comets LINEAR, NEAT and Bradfield. He showed simulations of each?s orbit and nine images of the comets and attendant observing activity. Two of the images were taken by Vello Tolu Steve Coe had a pair of flyers, one on comets and the other with maps and directions to the club?s observing sites. He then showed six images of photographs that he had scanned on his (very accommodating, sweet, almost perfect) wife?s new scanner. The images included comet Bradfield, the Milky Way, comet NEAT and M46 and M47, a pair of wide angle images and an image showing the light dome of Phoenix from the Flat Iron site. He had available for sale, 4 x 6 inch prints of the Comet NEAT/M46/M47 image. There was a break at 2025MST The meeting reconvened at 2045. Before the speaker, Thad listed upcoming events: May 8, Cherry Road, May 15, Cherry Road, sunset at 1930MST, moonrise at 0400MST June 1, (Tuesday), ATM and Astroimaging SIGs at Precision Guitar June 4, June General Meeting at Grand Canyon University, Room 105 in Fleming Building June 12, Cherry Road, sunset at 1940MST, moonrise at 0234MST Thad then yielded to Jennifer T.P. Keller who introduced the evening?s speaker. George DeLange delivered a talk entitled ?Ancient Astronomy? about what he called ?astro-archeology.? He presented a description of ancient Mesoamerican astronomy and the ancient?s prediction of the end of the world on December 21, 2012. Apparently the Christmas shopping season will be cut short that year. The meeting adjourned at 2256MST and attendees were invited to continue the talk and mutual verbal abuse at J.B.?s at 35th Avenue and Northern.