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#101 DocFinance

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 02:00 PM

I feel humbled knowing some of the fine people in this crowd.

CharlieB and other people on this group's kindness is just over the top.

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I can attest to that. I've found a wealth of everything here, human kindness included.

#102 BarabinoSr

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 09:26 AM

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Hello Everyone! I started a reply to Mel and me making Our first trip to Stellafane on the old CN before the new changes and that did'nt post. However we got to meet some great people while there  and saw some very outstanding telescopes.I'm very proud of my protege Mel Dawson for recieving an award on our first trip there for the great 10-inch f/5.6 newt. The man has a passion for detail and the optics are outstanding as well I was most impressed with the Porter Turret Telescope and had the opportunity to view images of the sun by day and Saturn by night. Mel and i chatted with many folks there , but to talk with CharlieB about his great collection of refractors was outstanding! What a gracious gentleman he is to take the time to talk telescopes  with us, and to surprise me with a very unique 50mm Tasco refractor. Thanks Charlie !

  I'm still digesting the info and will be putting more of my impressions of Stellafane 2014 in the coming weeks with images from the event. I also thank my friend and brother Mel Dawson for coordinating the trip, because without him none of this would have been possible. We are definitely planning  to getting back to Stellafane in the future and I may even bring an entry for the competition too. 


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#103 herrointment

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 11:44 PM

Mel, that Newtonian is a beauty.

 

Congrats!


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#104 terraclarke

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:45 PM

I totally agree!



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 08:30 AM

I totally agree!

 

Mel, that Newtonian is a beauty.

 

Congrats!

 

Thanks so much, dear friends! I only wish more attendees would have came over to look through this wonderful instrument. M13 was spectacular through my 13mm Ethos!



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 08:48 AM

Here is a link to the Stellafane 2014 Telescope competition webpage. http://stellafane.or...014-scopes.html

 

Many awesome scopes in the competition. Joe Dechene's Newtonian was definitely a clear overall winner! Congrats, Joe!

 

Below is a shot of my Honorable Mention Award. No worries, but they forgot the "l" at the end of the word "Mechanical". :grin:

 

Mel

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:12 PM

Here is a link to the Stellafane 2014 Telescope competition webpage. http://stellafane.or...014-scopes.html

 

Many awesome scope in the competition. Joe Dechene's Newtonian was definitely a clear overall winner! Congrats, Joe!

 

Below is a shot of my Honorable Mention Award. No worries, but they forgot the "l" at the end of the word "Mechanical". :grin:

 

Mel

 

Very nice! Congratulations'

 

 - Bob


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 02:47 AM

 I wandered around taking a few shots here and there . This is a view of the clubhouse looking up Breezy Hill from the northeast near dusk. In the foreground is DAVIDG's Schiefspiegler (?).

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 03:18 AM

Not Far from our campsite ,the Walter Scott Houston Memorial.Attached File  2014-07-24 005.JPG   108.21KB   0 downloads


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 03:30 AM

Earlier in the day we visited the McGregor Observatory. Here's a view of Mel next to the Schauptman scope.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 03:39 AM

Mel took this shot of me with the scope as well.Attached File  2014-07-24 014.JPG   109.43KB   0 downloads


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 03:44 AM

 A group of folks set scopes up in the field south of McGregor Observatory.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 04:38 AM

 A group of folks set scopes up in the field south of McGregor Observatory.

I love that shot, feel like Im still on that observing hill when I see this...can't wait for next years Stellafane!! It was great seeing you guys up there. bob



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:44 AM

 A group of folks set scopes up in the field south of McGregor Observatory.

 

Wonderful classic view from McGregor Observatory.

 

I can see some folks still setting up, by Saturday this field is usually filled with telescopes.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 09:31 AM

Man, that clubhouse.....



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:01 AM

McGregor Observatory ! Mel is in the image lower left ! Observing field was behind us.Attached File  2014-07-24 011.JPG   136.18KB   0 downloads


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 06:50 PM

Lookin' good Gary and Mel! Thanks for sharing. :)


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 08:13 PM

Back in the 80s or 90s (CRS), I was at Stellafane(started going in mid 70s) and literally bumped into a man . I must have looked bummed out-finding no need parts at the swap tables. Well this fellow turned to me and smiled, asking me if I could use a Barlow. i was not sure what motivated him to ask me, just another amateur? I thought, well I had one, but it was not a good unit. So, quietly(probably embarrised), I said yes! So, he GIVES me this Barlow. I thanked him , but wasn't sure what just happened.

 

Since his face looked somewhat familiar, I decided to try and identify him(just Curious I guess). Yes it was Ralph. I am STILL now many years later, remembering him and NO, I will keep that Barlow safe & sound-I am sure he is looking down and smiling...


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:25 PM

Here is a link to the Stellafane 2014 Telescope competition webpage. http://stellafane.or...014-scopes.html

 

Many awesome scopes in the competition. Joe Dechene's Newtonian was definitely a clear overall winner! Congrats, Joe!

 

Below is a shot of my Honorable Mention Award. No worries, but they forgot the "l" at the end of the word "Mechanical". :grin:

 

Mel

Mel, I told you that you had award coming! Congratulations! I also saw the bunch of vintage scopes including the Clark.

I think your fork mount is awesome, especially in person, Pictures don't do it justice.

It was great finally meeting YOU in person! Hope to see you there again next year.

Mike W


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:42 PM

Here's a shot I took of Mels scope, a beauty. (This shot is downsized 50%)

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:38 PM

Yeah, that guy Mel does OK......I'm thinking we should let him join the forum.......

    (some other night, I'll figure out how to post the winky thing....)



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:46 PM

Great looking scope Mel! That is a real beauty! I love the colors,of the wood and ain't the blue! 



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:36 AM

I feel humbled knowing some of the fine people in this crowd.

Not only did CharlieB bequeath a fine Tasco to Gary, when he learned that my son built an observatory for his high school, he donated a VERY FINE AT8D 8" dob to the project.

CharlieB and other people on this group's kindness is just over the top.

PeterB.

 

Amateur astronomers in general, but the classic telescope enthusiasts here in particular, are without doubt some of the most generous and open-handed folks around. We have our minor squabbles like any family, but that never negates the underlying spirit of kindness and thoughfulness which pervades this forum.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:51 PM

Mike,

 

Yes, you most certain did tell me I would win an award. But, i think one of the greatest prizes I received was meeting you, Charlie, many others. I even met Gary Hand of Hands On Optics. Some of the awesome Stellafane staff that I met were Jay Drew, Ken Slater, Dave Kelly, Cecilia Detrich, Francis O'Reilly, Kim at the main entrance, and many others. I had just missed Al Nagler when he came over to check out the scopes on Breezy Hill. I would only hope that he paid my scope a visit when he came by. I think he would have been extremely pleased with how well my 10" performed in conjunction with his TV 13mm Ethos.

 

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Terra,

 

I was truly looking forward to meeting you at Stellafane, too. I am sure I will be back for future conventions. Perhaps, I will be fortunate to visit at the same time you attend.

 

 

 

Here is a  shot of Mike and I at Stellafane 2014 just to the south of Breezy Hill.

 

Mel

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:03 PM

Great looking scope Mel! That is a real beauty! I love the colors,of the wood and ain't the blue! 

 

Thanks, Terra! Wish you would had the chance to put you eye to it. It truly rocks! Whoever figured my mirror set at Coulter really put their heart into it.

 

Mel


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