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November  2008

11/18/08 - Scope making updates. Dave: Enrolled in the Stellafane Advanced Optics Class to make refractors. Approximately a 4.5" with 1500mm focal length. Julie: Julie has made a 4.25" f/8 reflector. See the Julie's scope pages for more information. Samantha: Currently working on a 10" f/5 mirror. Hoping to have it completed for convention in 2009.

11/17/08 - Dave has also volunteered to be nominated for the Secretary position for the Springfield Telescope Makers club. The vote is this weekend, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

October  2007

10/24/07 - Comet Holmes outburst.  Also happened back in 1892, and was how it was discovered.  Will be keeping an eye on this one!

10/15/07 - Samantha was nominated for Associate Membership into the Springfield Telescope Makers. 

September  2007

9/26/07 - Trying out a new planetarium program, similar to Starry Night, called Stellarium.  It's FREE, and has some nice features, with others in the works.  For more information see Stellarium's website.  Seems to work pretty well.  I'll post if I decide not to keep it.

August  2007

8/11/07 - Samantha was asked by Stellafane mirror class coordinator Jay Drew, if she would consider helping teach at the mirror class this winter.  Samantha quickly accepted, so she'll be on Breezy Hill, too!   Sign up at the Stellafane Mirror Class page

8/11/07 - Samantha's 1st Place Scope!  Samantha won both the Optical and Mechanical Junior Competitions at Stellafane.  We were told by a Stellafane member, in a discussion after the competition, that if she's entered as an adult, she still probably would have placed at least 2nd or 3rd in the optical competition.  It's a great scope!  Congratulations, Samantha!

8/9-8/12/07 - RCS at Stellafane.  We attended the annual Stellafane convention as well as pre-con.  A great time was had by all..

8/4/07 - Samantha finished her scope today, just in time to take to Stellafane.  She's exited, and can't wait to put it into the competition.

July 2007

7/14/07 - It's official, I (Dave) am going to be one of the assistant instructors for the Springfield Telescope Makers Mirror Grinding Class, starting in October.  Sign up at the Stellafane Mirror Class page

June 2007

6/16/07 - The vote is in, I'm now a Springfield Telescope Makers associate member! :D

May 2007

5/19/07 - I've been nominated for associate membership in the Springfield Telescope Makers (Stellafane)

5/19/07 - Samantha's mirror is completed, and has the Stellafane stamp of approval!  Go to Samantha's Mirror page

 

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