Page 1 of 2: Photos by the Springfield Telescope Makers
Here are photos of the 2011 Convention taken by the
Springfield Telescope Makers. On Page 2
of the Gallery, you will find photos taken by Convention Attendees.
So whether you attended and want to try to find yourself in
photo, or you couldn't attend and want to see what went on, you can
spend some time browsing our gallery of general photos.
Note: After you expand a photo, use the arrow keys to move forward or backward, or space bar to start a slide show.
Photos by the Springfield Telescope Makers
Contributing STM Members: Ron Bauer, Dennis Cassia, Gabe
DeLuca, Dennis di Cicco, Patrick Dodson, Jay Drew, Jim Erickson,
Alan Rifkin, Alan Rohwer, Ken Slater, Dave Tabor, Al Tinker and Paul Valleli. The specific photographers last name is
embedded in the photo's URL - hover on a thumbnail and view the URL
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A lot goes on in the
week before convention, which we call pre-convention, and this year
we are again going to share some photos of some of the activities
the occur before most of your arrive. Club members a dedicated group
of volunteers get a lot of work done before we open on Thursday afternoon.
Trees: We took down a couple of dangerous trees that had sustained damage over the
winter in the ice storm. Good logs were saved for a sawmill.
The tractor waits to push slash into the woods.
John Martin removes limbs.
Domed Observatory seen through the downed tree.
Dome & Tree
Gary Cislak moves in with his chain saw.
The clean up crew gets out of the way as the (unseen) tractor moves in.
Dave Tabor checks e-mail while the tractor works.
Ice Cream: Wednesday
evening after soup the yearly meeting of the “Stellafane
Crankers" got together at Jim & Martie Erickson's campsite. We
had some new members Kevin Walsh and daughter Miranda, Dave
Tabor with family, Carl Malikowski, and Nate Kolsky. There was a
very good "turn" out and everyone enjoyed the fruit of their
labor. Cranky Attendees were: Dave Tabor and family, Jim Flood
and family, Dick Parker, Mario & Helen Antonucci, Stephen and
Deanna Forbes, and Kevin Walsh. It is too bad that Walt & Linda
Wheeler were not able to be there. Walt was the founder of this
tradition Cranking ice cream is almost as good as pushing glass
(maybe better on a warm summer evening!).
Dave Tabor helps Miranda Walsh as friends Aidan, Declan, and Rowan Flood watch
Dave and Samantha Tabor
Dave & Samantha
Dave Tabor & Carl Malikowski
Dave & Carl
Mario Antonucci cranks, Dave Tabor holds
Mario & Dave
Dave Tabor cranks, Mario Antonucci holds
Dave & Mario
Jim Flood and Carl Malikowski
Jim & Carl
Nate Kolsky, his first time at Stellafane
Stephen Forbes (Martie's son)
Enjoying the fruits of their labor
Jim Erickson cleans the Dasher (Yumm!). Dick Parker in the background.
Jim & Dick
Miscellaneous: Other photos from Pre-Convention
Painting the McGregor Observatory
Replacing the Little Man Logo from the front of the McGregor Observatory
The temporary orange plastic fence was replaced with this wooden fence using lumber from our saw mill
What did that sign on the right say?
Tuthill Towers is now a solar lumber drying facility (left behind door). We cleaned out the right side for lumber storage
Dave Siegrist installs pavers
We hiked up Hawks Mountain on Tuesday. See here for details.
Plaque on the summit of Hawks Moutnain, 1922. See here for details.
John Martin adjusts the club's sawmill.
President Jeff Lowe in "John's Room" in the pavilion.
A quiet clubhouse waits for convetion to start.
A lonely Porter Turret Telescope waits for convention to start.
CONVENTION: Here are our traditional candid shots taken by club members during convention:
Convention: Breezy Hill
On Breezy Hill we have the telescope competition, the Stellafane Clubhouse and the Porter Turret Telescope.
Walking along the road to Breezy Hill and Stellafane...
On to Breezy Hill!
...we first encounter this new sign...
...and then the trees open and we are here!
We made it!
The Breezy Hill telescope field early (9:45am) on Saturday morning.
The Porter Turret Teelescope surrounded by conventioneers.
Al Sliski's Binolculars looking west from the clubhouse.
Iliana Filby and Gabe DeLuca work at the competition registration table.
Iliana & Gabe
This cutie was the officail mascot of the judging support team this year.
Steve Dodson in the doorway of the Porter Turret Telescope.
Steve Dodson shows guests sunspots in the Porter Turret Telescope.
Steve & Sunspots
Looking at the back of the primary at the end of the boom on the Porter Turret.
Jay Drew snaps a photo while seated in front of the clubhouse
Jay Drew washes pots from Thursday night's club dinner.
Gabe DeLuca and Ken Slater taking the official scope photos of those in the competition.
Gabe & Ken
Carl Malikowski & Liz Sharpe prepare to start the Telescope Field Walk.
Dennis Cassia, Roger Sinnot and John Bortle on Breezy Hill.
Club members Jim Daley, Tom Spirock and Bert Willard in the clubhouse.
In the Clubhouse
A big crowd turned out for the Solar System Walk.
Solar Sys. Walk
Ken Launie displayed these two old telescopes, read about them in the next photo.
About the old scopes in the previous photo.
A cored primary on display.
Lance Clarke's Red Striped Scope.
A nice meatl refractor with a corrugated tube.
Bruce Beford with his scope.
Sydney H. Mabry with her scope.
A Questar on an equitorial wedge.
Paul Valleli (standing) shows off his light weight scope.
Trees are reflected in the Porter Turret Telescope's primary mirror as it tracks the sun.
President Jeff Lowe on the telescope field.
Mechancial Judges examine an entry.
Larry Shaper relaxes between his two scopes.
Milky Way over Breezy Hill by Dennis di Cicco
Milky Way over Breezy Hill
Milky Way over the Clubhousel by Dennis di Cicco
Milky Way over the Clubhouse
McGregor Observatory & Main Observing Field
Day parking has not filled up yet in this early morning shot.
Scopes on the main observing field.
Dr. Kris Larsen presiding over the childrens activities.
A young visitor to the domed observatory.
Girl in Dome
Ryan takes a look though a solar scope.
Dan looks though a Coronado PST.
Resting and reading in the shade.
Ray Morits in his black jeep.
This group is excited about something (sorry, I don't know what this was all about).
Looking north from the second floor of the bunkhouse, star trails and much activiy on the main observing field. Photo by Dennis di Cicco, processing by Sean Walker.
The Milky Way parallels the 13' Schupmann. Photo by Dennis di Cicco.
Bunkhouse, Food Tent, Amphitheater and Pavilion.
Erin Lowe works in the Tee Shirt sales area.
Patrick Dodson waits for a Smoothie or Lemonade.
The chicken bar-b-que cooking on Saturday afternoon.
Young adult activities in the amphitheater.
John Briggs donated this 24" Alvin Clark Corp. mirror and telescope to the club last year.
24" Clark Mirror
Dave Kelly explains how the Focault Tester works.
Dave Kelly talks about figuring.
Dave Kelly explains the testing and figuring process.
Paul Valleli aligns his Bath Interferometer (Duct tape at the ready!).
Paul Valleli explaing how the interferometer works.
Fringes produced by the Bath Interferometer.
Steve Dodson works with children to assemble a telescope.
Steve Dodson demonstrates how a lens works.
Steve Dodson presents the finsihed telescope.
Part of the audience in the pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
Mario Motta delivers a talk in the pavilion.
Norren Grice makes apoint in her talk in the pavilion.
Around the Site
Photos from the far corners of Stellafane!
Arriving before 9am on Friday, the gate is deserted.
Dave Tabor, Carl Malikowski(?), John Martin and Bob Morse open up on Friday monring.
Kim Cassia and Stella at the gate.
Kim & Stella
Hailey Linask checks in an arrival.
Kim with Stella, Gary Cislak's husky puppy.
Kim & Stella
Dave Prowten puts the finishing touches on a new AV table for the amphiteater on Friday morning. The old one was destroyed when a
tree fell on it this winter.
As usual, the swap table area is crowded Saturday morning.
Conventioneers and members looking over the offereings for this year.
Dennis, Jim and Judy
Dennis & Kim Cassia and John Bortle at their 'estate' on Pine Island.
Saturday Evening Program
The Saturday Evening Program was held in the Amphitheater under beautiful skies.
Conventioneers gather in the Amphitheartre for the Saturday Evening Program.
Conventioneers in the
The Saturday Eveing Program from the Auidences View.
Bob Morse, our long time master of Ceremonies.
Bob Morse, MC
STM President Jeff Lowe address the conventioneers.
People stand and talk to their neighbors as part of the opening of the Saturday Evening Program.
Old Uncle Bill, Wayne Zuhl, Kris Larsen and Michael Costanzo at the controls on the A/V Table.
Rob Baker's son was the youngest at Stellafane this year.
Benefactor Steve Simoni was presented with a stained glass Little Man by Jim Erickson.
Kids gather around Kim Cassia for their free kids raffle tickets.
This lucky youngster won a mirror making kit in the kids raffle.
Winner of Mechnical Awards gather up front. Chris Houghton, head mechanical judge (at far left) made the presentation, while
President Jeff Lowe (second from left) handed out the awards.
One of the Junior Award Winners is presented a certificate by President Jeff Lowe. Other Junior (and a few senior) award
winners are in the background.
Vice President Gary Cislak shared memories of Fran Flanders, who passed away this past year.
VP Gary Cislak
The Springfield Telescope Makers light their candles...
STMs Light Up
...and then the STM's moved into the audience to light their candles.
Sharing the Light
A Moment of Silence with Candles held High for Fran Flanders.
Mary & Alan Rohwer. Alan gave the Shadowgram this year.
Alan Rohwer, past STM President, delivers the Shadowgram (a term he coined!).
Bert Williard & Fran Flanders in the Club. This slide is from the Shadowgram, and the convention was
dedicated to Fran, "The First lady of Stellafane".
Dr. Jane Lu delivering the keynote talk.
Dr. Jane Lu, who delivered the keynote talk, and Bert Willard.