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I'm Olivier, and this was my first Stellafane Convention. I remember reading about it in popular astronomy magazines as a teenager in France, and this year as I settled in Quebec City I finally could attend. I used to be the Adaptive Optics Systems Engineer at W.M. Keck Observatory and had to work o the largest optical telescopes in the world; I still work on several AO projects at the National Institute of Optics in Quebec, but I must say I always admired amateurs who were not only good at optics but also at inventing new mechanical designs and built their own telescopes.

I enjoyed staying at my first Stellafane Covention "as a tourist" (it was either telescope or camping gear in my car anyway so I chose comfort). I met Al Nagler who as an optical designer myself is one of my idols...

I posted the pictures I took on my slickpic web album site; you can find them at
http://oliviermartin.slickpic.com/a/StellafaneAmateurTelescopeMakersConvention?grid&viewer

I made it possible for people to download the pictures they like no copyright involved here... click on the down pointing arrow in the upper right corner when a picture is being viewed in the Large Photo View.

Thank you to the organization and see you next year I hope!
Cheers, Olivier.

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