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2008 Stellafane Convention Photo Gallery

Here are photos of the 2008 Convention by the Springfield Telescope Makers and convention attendees. We appreciate receiving photos and reports from attendees and will publish them on these web pages; please (and any suggestions you may have for improving the convention, or topics you would like to see covered in next year's convention).

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 so time browsing our gallery of general photos below. If you are looking for telescopes entered in the competition, see the Telescope Competition page.

All photos by the Springfield Telescope Makers unless otherwise credited.
Contributing STM Members: Dave Tabor & Ken Slater.

A lot goes on in the week before convention, and this year we are again going to share some photos
of some of the activities the occur before most of your arrive.

We made a large effort to get all the pavers installed this year, and we thank the many volunteers who helped with this job and did a great job of installing them. Additionally, we introduced engraved pavers at this year's convention, and we have a few shots of them being made:

The pavilion got it's balcony extended, and we put up the new plaques to recognize donors:

There is plenty of work to do to get ready outside the pavilion also: general work around the site, making sure our observatories are ready for use, getting the "fruit stand" in place at the entrance. And yes, there is time to take a quick nap before dinner on a sunny rock after a hard days work.

Did you ever wish your Wi-Fi setup had a bit more range? We did. John Martin donated his old satellite dish, and we added in a pickup truck with a scaffold in the bed that we used to help build the pavilion. Tape a USB Wi-Fi stick at the focus, string together a few USB extension cables, put a PC in the cab and you are good to go (5 bars on the first try!):
It takes a daily morning meeting to organize all this work, and Thursday evening we hold a regular club meeting to make sure we are ready for the convention events on Friday & Saturday:

Here are our traditional candid shots taken during convention:

Photos from around the site:

The Horseshoe Pitching Contest, winners at right.

Some Banners and License Plates seen at Convention this year:

Activities in and around the McGregor Observatory:

Photos from Breezy Hill (There are more on the Telescope Competition page):
ATM Demo and Ice Cream Sales in the Pavilion:
The Saturday Evening Program:

on display
at the
Evening Program
Next 3 to Right:
Oldest & Youngest
Telescope Competition

Left: Head Judges Chris Houghton & Rick Hunter

Right: Winners of Optical & Mechanical Awards


Contributed Panoramic Photos

Pavilion Panorama

Click image to view. 1.11 MB, 2,471 x 600 panorama of
Saturday Night Program in the Flanders Pavilion.
Photo by Mathew Ota

Breezy Hill Panorama

Click image to view. 5.64 MB, 5,011 x 1,417 panorama of
Breezy Hill on Saturday Morning.
Photo by Mark G. Meredeth

Photos by George N. Huftalen, Jr. of the ASSNE at Stellafane

Photo by John Vogt

Ed Jones Ed Jones &

Photos by John Bortle of Stormville, NY

Photos by Lance Clarke of Toronto

Photos by Jeff Curren of Diamond Point, NY

Photos by Kim Kegan & Dennis Cassia of the Springfield Telescope Makers

Photos by Megan J of the Aldrich Astronomical Society

Photos by Lloyd Merrill of Cumberland, RI

Photos by John Vogt of Huntington, NY

Photos by Dave Mitsky, member of AELC, ASH and DVAA


Photos by Verissimo Monte, member of ASSNE from New Bedford, MA

My camera is a Canon 20d with a Canon 28-135mm IS lens and a Sigma 28-300mm lens piggy back on a Meade 10" LX200 GPS in alt. az. that's why there is some field rotation."

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