I don't want to seem ungrateful or
anything - but I guess I was expecting a little bit more from
the last-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing the Leonids at
their best. Don't get me wrong - I really enjoyed sharing
the last big storm of the 21st century with all the other
members who went to Anza on the night of November 18th. In
total there must have been around 40-50 members who had turned
up to experience the event. I spent most of my observing time
on the "football" field next to a group who were
lying flat on their back waiting for things to happen. Very
little activity of any merit occurred until around 2:45am
when there was a marked increase to perhaps 10-20 meteors
per minute (my very unscientific guess).
On the Tuesday evening we had the
monthly AstroImagers meeting where two of the members showed
the group some freshly developed photographs taken that morning.
Jim Windlinger had one photo in particular with at least 6
faint Leonid meteors visible. Check the web site for photos
and other information and experiences from our members.
On the day of the November Anza star
party many members turned out to help with the pouring of
cement for the stairs from the member's observatory and the
last-members-in area and also the stairs to the EOA's MOCAT
development near Anza house.
Thanks to all who helped - and especially
Don Lynn for his continued dedication in keeping the Anza
site such a quality resource for all of us.
The nominations for board members
were formally opened at the November OCA general meeting.
So far the line-up for voting is as follows (subject to change)
President: Barbara Toy, Vice President:
Joel Harris, Secretary: Bruce Crowe, Treasurer: Charlie Oostdyk
Trustees: Bob Buchheim, Carol Copp, Tim Hogle, Anthony Obra,
Dave Radosevich, Gary Schones, Russell Sipe, Liam Kennedy
Although I am not standing for the
president's position next year I look forward, with your vote,
to continue helping the club in a trustee role.
The December meeting will be the last
opportunity for nominations for board positions. At this meeting
we intend to provide an opportunity for each candidate to
give a short representation of their credentials and reasons
for standing for a board position.
Please check out the very helpful
article by Barbara Toy in this newsletter and on the web site
all about being a board member.
"every day we are connecting ever more photons of
light from distant galaxies to the eyes, hearts, minds and
imaginations of our members and others in our community."