Here are photos of the 2009 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
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.
Contributing STM Members: Jim Beaty, John Briggs, Dennis Cassia, Jay Drew,
Norm Frederick, Carl Malikowski, Al Rifkin, Ken Slater, Nancy Tuthill & Paul Valleli.
(The specific photographers name is embedded in the URL)
PRE-CONVENTION: 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
Painting: This year VP Gary Cislak lead the effort to repaint the entire clubhouse,
and it came out great! We also touched up other areas that needed painting, including the McGregor
observatory. The first photo is the 'before' picture of the clubhouse, very faded.
is restored to
At right, the
ready for the
The McGregor Observatory
gets some fresh paint:
Pavilion: Pavers are made and laid, chairs arrive
and are set up, and new plaques are installed.
Miscellaneous Pre-Convention Photos
The Tower of
Babel, or 2nd
light shield off
<- The Food
Tent goes up
Staffing the ->
The Digger, used to remove stumps in the new area
east of the McGregor
barricades into position for convention
Historic & Members Scopes, ready for
a hard days work!
Wayne Hilliard caught this transit of
Callisto (with shadow) on Saturday night through the Schupmann using eyepiece projection
Meeting: Thursday evening we have dinner and a
club meeting at the clubhouse along with our pre-convention volunteers. This year, Al Nagler brought
along a prototype of the 21mm Ethos eyepiece, and several club members got to try it in their own
Post-con: Convention is over, and...
the 'fruit stand'
away for next year:
& Club Members
go out for a Pizza lunch
after cleanup on Sunday.
Here are some of them.
CONVENTION: Here are our traditional candid shots taken by club members during