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In Memoriam: Members, Observers, Colleagues Richard Crowe, Ph.D. Astronomer and co-founder of astronomy program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Extensive.

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2 In Memoriam: Members, Observers, Colleagues Richard Crowe, Ph.D. Astronomer and co-founder of astronomy program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Extensive involvement in science education Research in pulsating stars, stellar evolution, spectroscopy Roy A. Mimna, Ph.D. (MMA) AAVSO member/observer in , contributed 664 observations to the AAVSO database Comet hunter Former president of the Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society Vi Royer Mother of AAVSO member/observer Msgr. Ron Royer (RR) Frequent and cheerful AAVSO meeting attendee Award-winning dancer, swimmer, and golfer

3 In Memoriam: Members, Observers, Colleagues Romano Vivaldi (VRM) AAVSO observer since 2003 Owner of Astronomical Observatory Val Pellice (OAVP) President of Italian amateur observers group OAVP Associazione Astrofili Urania Carl E. Feehrer (solar initials FEEC) AAVSO member and solar observer since 1998 Chair of the AAVSO Solar Division from

4 In Memoriam: Members, Observers, Colleagues J. Robert Buchler Astronomer and professor at the University of Florida Contributions to research on supernovae, pulsating stars, and fluid dynamics Dr. Frank Kameny (KFE) Former astronomer fired for revealing sexual orientation Gay rights activist Ph.D. thesis housed in AAVSOs MacAteer Library Minor Planet discovered by Gary Billings (BGW) was named Frankkameny in his honor; citation written by AAVSO staff member Doc Kinne (KQR)


6 Existing Grants Citizen Sky (DSLR workshop) Sokoloski nova MOST Orion YSOs no-cost extension Miras no-cost extension Chandra E/PO extended 2015 APASS Ayers operation funds, LCGOTN red extension

7 Upcoming Grant submissions November 15: APASS January: CHOICE January: Travis Rector/TUES (VPHOT, spectra) January: 2GSS MRI January: TUES AAVSOnet


9 Membership 887 Annual 128 Sustaining 19 Sponsored 10 Lifetime (Argelander Society and Lifetime) 4 Honorary 122 In arrears 24 Complimentary 1194 Total (1072 in good standing)

10 Membership Director Development Officer Donor relations Donor accounting Manage special funds: Astronomer Travel, Solar, Sponsored Members, misc. requests Corporate sponsors Support web pages Grant Writing Newsletter Speakers Bureau Writers Bureau New member relations Member/observer support Develop, administer and teach CHOICE courses Mentor Program Annual Report Membership web pages Facebook Twitter Charts and sequences Volunteer- CV Section Leader, LPV Section Leader

11 Development Report FY 2009 $188, Total Contributions $7, Sustaining Dues (3.87%) Major Gifts $91, Hendens (Building Fund) $24, Doleman (Hoffleit Bequest) $10, Michael Kran (Photometrica) $9, Tom Williams (Archive plus other) $8, Menkes (AAVSOnet) $7, Hodgson Bequest FY 2010 $125, Total Contributions $7, Sustaining Dues (5.99%) Major Gifts $25, Garstang Bequest $24, Doleman (Hoffleit bequest) $14, Hodgson Estate $5, W. Albrecht Trust $5, Tom Williams (Archive) FY 2011 $147,439.10* Total Contributions (*Does not include Dusa Bequest) $7, Sustaining Dues (5.13%) Major Gifts $261,190.03* Eliazabeth Dusa Bequest $35, Hendens (Building Fund) $24, Doleman (Hoffleit Bequest) $20, Ira Mogul(AAVSOnet) $10, B. Staels (AAVSOnet) $7, B. Stine (AAVSOnet BSM-CA) $5, Tom Williams (Archive) FY 2012 $81, Total Contributions $5, Sustaining Dues (7.06%) Major Gifts $24, Doleman (Hoffleit bequest) $10, Robert Ayers (APASS) $5, Gordon Myers


13 Upcoming Meetings May 15-18,2013: Boone, NC (AppState) November 1-3 (approx): Woburn, MA (short meeting?) Spring 2014: AAVSO HQ

14 Appalachian State University Boone, NC Hosted by Lee Hawkins and Dan Caton

15 Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

16 Appalachian State University CAP Science Building Lodging at the Holiday Inn


18 Staffing changes Aaron Price leaves June 30; contractor for 2E3D Rebecca Turner assumes management duties (also SRO, meetings coord) Ben Briggs works during summer, relieving Will McMain so he can work on 2E3D Aaron Sliski summer student helping Arne with hardware


20 Directors Report to Council November 1, 2012 Arne Henden Director, AAVSO

21 APASS Data Release 6 All-sky photometric calibration, Johnson B&V and Sloan gri 10

22 APASS Data Release 6 Included in UCAC4 (52 million, including 10 million single-pass) Many requests for entire catalog, so put on the Cloud for downloading DR7 end of year DR8 end of 2013 (reprocessing) Ayers donated $10K for operations

23 APASS in Prompt6 clamshell

24 APASS current UCAC4 coverage (credit: E. Los)

25 APASS Images 194,158 images from south 52,949 images from north Doug Welch and JJ Kavelaars (CADC) archiving and making them accessible About halfway through data-collection Image access complex (optical distortion, clouds)

26 APASS M101 field Sloan g

27 M101 October 2010

28 APASS Epoch photometry North and south, all photometric survey nights from Approximately 861 million observations in database Also available as Vstar plug-in; placing plug-in behind membership firewall

29 Cepheid TZ Mon, Vband

30 Cepheid TZ Mon, B band

31 BSM Epoch photometry North system only for v1.0 Only fields where decent calibration is available (approx ½ of total) 14 million BV or BVRI datasets Membership required for access monitor-epoch-photometry-database monitor-epoch-photometry-database

32 BSM epoch photometry database query form

33 Cepheid T Mon V-band phase plot

34 Mira S LMi

35 Cepheid BB Sgr phase plot

36 AAVSO 2 nd Generation Synoptic Sky Survey Follow-on to APASS; prototype funded by Ayers Simultaneous 2-color, 10

37 2GSS prototype building, Anderson Mesa, Lowell

38 4th Janet Mattei Research Fellowship Ulisse Munari Aug 23 - Sept 24 at HQ Working on: –RAVE-APASS paper –Landolt-APASS comparison –RR Lyrs in Aqr stream –ANS amateur consortium –Varese observatory –Expected to return next year

39 Virtual Observatory AAS SRG 2 years ago to publish AID NVAO grant to develop infrastructure Matt, Doc met with programmers during summer to work out details APASS catalog and AID will be made available through VO Server components tested; databases being populated Poster at AAS Winter Meeting

40 All-Sky Cameras CCD School attendees donate for all- sky cloud camera for CTIO Sufficient funds to also purchase different all-sky camera for HQ (BSM- Berry) and 1 or 2 other locations Will test before upgrading other sites

41 HQ all-sky Moonglow

42 Moonglow software and web site

43 Orion starshoot allsky camera for CTIO

44 Construction update Condos across street completed HQ parking lot repaved New fence and landscaping at Rosebrough Residence

45 Condo construction (modular units)

46 Finished condos

47 Condos from end, showing landscaping

48 New paving

49 New residence fence and landscaping

50 Residence side yard

51 CCD School July 30-August 3, 2012 Tufts University Twenty 1.5hr lectures over 5 days All aspects of CCD photometry, from basic sensors, calibration, astrophysics, statistics, observing practices Will be given again 2013, but at HQ

52 CCD School attendees

53 Amazon Cloud website

54 New analysis computer (occam) 20TB disk space dual quad-core

55 Schiaparelli Observatory Varese, Italy Suggestion by Ulisse Munari that they were looking for a mirror Contact with Mario Motta, who had spare 80cm mirror Donation of mirror to AAVSO; delivery to Varese paid by Italians; we get time on the telescope website:

56 Observatory dome (Monte Rosa 4634m in background)

57 telescope

58 32-inch mirror


60 Astrokolkhoz - 1 W28 donated to AAVSO by heirs of Paul Wright; was at Astrokolkhoz Tom takes delivery of W30; Josch Hambsch donates use of ST9 Tom requests, gets BSM K28, K35 use donated by Tom; AAVSO donates STL1001E, filters, focuser, software

61 Astrokolkhoz - 2 Tom wants more control over research, observing queues, makes waves TAC set up; procedures developed in collaboration with Tom Before TAC has chance to operate, Tom blows stack, issues ultimatum Refuses to communicate with Mike Simonsen or myself

62 Astrokolkhoz - 3 Tom turns telescopes off (affecting many projects), refuses to take more data for AAVSO, requests we remove our junk from his site We write letter giving inventory, date on which we will pick up equipment (still no communication) Mike Simonsen makes plans to travel to NM and then deliver telescopes to new sites

63 Astrokolkhoz - 4 Bill Stein offers to host BSM nearby Bill Goff offers to host W30 in CA Expecting Stephen Levine to host W28 at Lowell K28, K35 lost to our use, as is likely WH46 Still plenty of telescopes

64 Stein observatory

65 Goff observatory

66 Anderson mesa roll-off

67 Astrokolkhoz - 5 Will require MoU for each new site (not much protection) Diversify and automate to improve efficiency and prevent hostage situations Volunteers are not contractors

68 AAVSOnet news BSM-NM being relocated to Bill Stein (Stars End Estates) BSM-CA nearing first light BSM-Berry ready for HQ installation W30 being relocated to Bill Goff (CA) W28 possibly relocated to Lowell

69 AAVSOnet news - 2 Arne going to NZ mid-November to work on 24-inch Matt working with Jon Holtzman to get NMSU 24-inch operational Matt working with Ido Bareket to get Bareket operational Decision regarding BSM-AR

70 Telescope Allocation Committee Policy and Procedures manual developed by Krajci, Starkey, Bedient, Simonsen Dirk Terrell (chair); Sebastian Otero, Tim Crawford, Doug Welch Review science, both at submission time and annually Work with telescope operators


72 Capital Campaign Suggestion by Matt Many non-profits have annual campaign Possible solution to budget shortfall Problems: must be annual; need top of pyramid donations; if tie to staffing, then what happens if goal not reached Matt can generate white paper

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