Tales of the Lazy Stargazer
Volume One, Number Five
By Alan Rifkin (The Lazy Star Gazer)
This years Stellafane was one of the best in memory. Especially from the weather cooperating. The ATM's did a great job setting the place up and adding new stuff. I got up there early enough, that the paint on the Pink clubhouse was still wet. They found early samples of the color and have re-painted the place with the "Historically Correct" shade of pink. This also allowed me to get a place to set up the El El Siderastat that would prevent the wheel chair from rolling away with some person in it.
The expansion of the camping areas, really helped. There were more people than ever, yet there was plenty of room to spread out. Room at the swap tables was still crowded, but not as much as in the past. The picking were also a lot slimmer. I think Ebay is having an effect on how people get rid of the good stuff.
The telescopes on display were nice, but most were refinements of basic designs. There were very few monster or knock your socks off scopes. It was still nice to drool over them. There were some nice scopes on the hill below the Schupman. My favorite was a pair of binoculars made out of two 6" AP Star Fires.
The usually gang of people were there, including Al Nagler, John Dobson, David Levy (he brought his mother with him, she is a very nice person), Derik Pitts of the Franklyn Institute, did the keynote talk, and sadly missed, but not forgotten as this years conference was dedicated to him- Roger "Tut" Tuthill.
Al Nagler and John Dobson got into a discussion of the finer points that was a lot of fun. Who knows what new things will come out of that.
It was a good year and got to see people I only see once a year, and hopefully I will be back next year to see them all again.
Pictures from Stellafane
Click here to see the group picture with everybody
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