The Warren Astronomical Society Paper
Volume 30, Number 9, September, 1998
Table of Contents
by Larry Kalinowski
Smaller, faster and cheaper. That's the trend for new satellites according to NASA. SATBOTS, are what Marl Tilden of the Los Alamos
National Laboratory, calls the creation of his development team. About the size of a hamburger, Mark says his McSatellites would
revolutionize satellite technology. They're so small, they can be launched hundreds, or even thousands at a time and the data of
each could be combined to produce a grand overall data bank of information. He foresees the cost of each satellite as low as two
dollars. Combined with Liek Myrabo's laser launch method, even the cost of launching the McSatellites could be brought down
considerably. Myrabo works for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The satellites would be pushed into orbit
by his pulsating laser beam at three hundred pulses per second.
Comet hunters got some good news this month. Starting in July '98, any amateur that discovers a new comet, with amateur equipment,
will be eligible to win twenty thousand dollars in cold, hard cash. The Wilson award will be shared with all amateur comet discoverers,
each year. How's that for observing incentive?
I bought the August issue of SKY AND TELESCOPE at the local bookstore in Roseville and was surprised to see that a CD disk of
REDSHIFT V3.0 was included with the magazine at no extra charge. It's not a fully operating version, of course, but it's designed
to show off the programs main features. You must have WIN95 on your computer to run it. I suspect ASTRONOMY will do the same, in
the near future, just to keep up with the competition.
PLUS98 is another enhanced version of WIN98 with different games and applications. It's main point of interest is that it's designed
to automatically produce a zipped file when you store a file in special folders. Those folders are called zip folders and also
automatically unzip the file when you want to bring it back for examination. It will also create standard folders along with the
zipped type. It could save you plenty of disk space if you're inclined to use large files and programs. You have to have 195 megabytes
of disk space for PLUS98.
Thanks to Bob Watt, the club is twenty dollars richer because of his sales of shareware disks at the SMURFS gathering. Bob says there
were 115 registered at this years starparty. The best deal of all was the sale of an eight inch CELESTRON for $600.
The August computer meeting will be at Gary Gathen's home, on Thursday the 27rd. The September meeting on the 24th, as well as the rest
of the fourth Thursday meetings through, and including, October. All new visitors will receive a free Windows planetarium program. Gary
lives in Pleasant Ridge, at 21 Elm Park, three blocks south of I-696 and a half block west of Woodward Ave. His number is 248-543-3366.
I'm still looking for someone to take my place as Computer Group chairman. If you're interested, give me a phone call at 810-776-9720.
Minutes of Meetings
by Bob Watt
Macomb, July 16, 1998
- Treasurer Steve Greene opened the meeting at 7:37 PM with 32 members and 1 visitor in attendance.
- OFFICER REPORTS: Steve went over upcoming events, SMURFS next week, July 23-26, Nebraska Star Party, Computer meeting for the month
of July has been cancelled at Gary Gathens, call Larry Kalinowski for details on the August Computer meeting. Cranbrook meeting will be on August 6.
Stargate will have an open house and star party on August 14 and 15 rain or shine. President Dave D'Onofrio has drafted a letter to be sent to our
state senators which will be presented at the Cranbrook meeting. There is talk of getting a fall star party at Kensington during the Perseid meteror shower.
- There has been a proposal made to have jackets, shirts, hats and patches made for purchase by our members, Chris Mehling will put together a
committee to handle this project. Our club is in the process of putting together a letter to Metro Parks on the future needs at Stargate, we are
planning to have a member input on this letter at the Cranbrook meeting on August 6.
- John Herrgott relates that the Metro people would like a statement from on this subject. Gary Rappella will chair the session on this letter
- 1st VP- Blaine McCullough, the 22-inch scope will be at SMURFS leaving the 8-inch and the 12-1/2 at Stargate, some eyepieces will be available
at Stargate and the remainder will travel north to Hillman,MI.
- 2nd VP- Chris Mehling, upcoming programs, "RED SHIFT", Macomb meeting, "THE MOON", September Cranbrook meeting, "COSMOLIGY" Dave D`Onofrio, TBA
- Treasurer- Steve Greene, income for June, $151.66, expenses, picnic $198.23, WASP publication- Balance at start of month $5700.00 at the end
of the month $4942.12.
- Secretary- Bob Watt, the letter requesting the use of the Cranbrook facilities has been re-sent covering dates of use.
- Club Notes: Jeff Bondono needs anything going into the WASP by August 1st, this is due to the change in WASP mail-outs. Marty Kunz, A huge
corronal mass ejection occurred last Monday along with a minor solar flare. Bill Whitney, this year is the 25th anniversary of the Detroit
Astronomical Society going to the solar eclipse off the coast of Africa with 22 members, the eclipse duration was 7 minutes. Gary Reppella
attended a star party at Rocky Mountain State Park, 8500 foot elevation,good skies but turbulent air. New telephone list is available on the
- The break was at 8:28PM
- Tonight's program was by Randy Rubis, the subject was "IRIDIUM FLARES", well done Randy.
- The meeting ended at 9:50PM
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