In a message dated 2/14/2003 9:06:41 AM Eastern Standard Time, "Lelane Arneson" <Larneson@accuratemarine.us> writes:
I would love to be a part of Fan Mountain. Just let me know what I need to do.
That's the spirit! I hope that several members will want to get involved. First, interested parties can consider being a committee member ... Rob has asked me to chair a committee devoted to the NSU collaboration and specifically the remote robotic observatory (which will be separate from the public outreach projects, like the planet walk proposal we might pursue with Norfolk State).
Next, try to come on the observing trip to Fan Mountain when we get it organized. I want to try and pick a weekend that won't conflict with the sprng and summer star parties but that still has enough moonless hours to make it worthwhile. And of course we will have to allow for the weather, so stay flexible.
Perhaps you know a potential funding donor or a corporate entity that would offer some funding incentives (matching funds?)
Finally, its not too early to begin thinking of observing projects that might be conducted with the scope. We will be expected to submit proposals and compete for telescope time amongst ourselves and NSU students. In the beginning, we should have little competition for telescope time since NSU isn't overflowing with astronomy interest, it is hopped that we will encourage more of that over time. The best proposals will incorporate students ... from NSU, ODU, TCC or even high school. But of course the more your proposal incorporates NSU students the more favorably it will be received.