Monday, August 9, 2010

Stellar time at 75th annual Stellafane convention

The 75th Convention of Amateur Telescope Makers on Breezy Hill in Springfield, Vermont, the 2010 Stellafane Convention, was held Thursday through Sunday August 5-8, 2010.

The first day a weather front came through with a blowing and intense downpour. After that, there were three fine nights for observing the night skies, and with moderate summer temperatures, it was perfect convention weather. The optical competition had a strong field with many excellent telescopes, one of the best fields in years. The mechanical competition also had a nice variety of beautifuly crafted scopes and accessories. Thursday's Hartness House Workshop on Lunar Morphology went very well with a excellent set of speakers.

The keynote speaker this year was Dr. Constance "Connie" Rockosi, UC Santa Cruz - UCO/Lick Observatory, who discussed her work on building the Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope and CCD camera.

See: A visit to the Stellafane Telescope Makers Convention

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