The Board of Governors, at the July 31, 2005 meeting, approved the purchase of a 14-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain "GoTo" Telescope (LX-200, f/10) for $ 4,254.13 in two payments of $ 2,129.13 now and $ 2,125 in FY 2006. The scope was offered for sale by an individual who decided it was too large to handle. The scope was set up once by the owner for observing. Many board members met at Pulpit Rock the evening of July 26th to set up, inspect, and observe through the scope so that a decision could be made at the meeting. The scope is like-new and the optics appear excellent. The Society also recently acquired by donation an 8-year old 12-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope. A decision about where these scopes will be installed was not made, as there is still considerable debate on this subject.
The FY 2005 budget was amended to purchase the 14-inch scope by establishing a project fund with $ 2,129.13. The monies came from $ 1,393.75 in shifted line item expenses and an additional $ 735.38 in new spending for the year.