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Stellafane

The Stellafane Convention is a once-a-year gathering of amateur telescope makers and astronomers. Thousands of amateur telescope makers and astronomers from all over the world gather at Breezy Hill – near Springfield, Vermont – to share their innovations, join in competitions, and enjoy the night sky. The convention is generally held over the weekend of…read more »

The Stellafane Convention is a once-a-year gathering of amateur telescope makers and astronomers. Thousands of amateur telescope makers and astronomers from all over the world gather at Breezy Hill – near Springfield, Vermont – to share their innovations, join in competitions, and enjoy the night sky. The convention is generally held over the weekend of the new moon closest to the height of the Perseid meteor shower (usually early August). It is the earliest and most established of the many annual star parties now held across North America in the summer and throughout the year. Stellafane was started in 1926 to give amateur telescope makers an opportunity to gather to show off their creations and teach each other telescope making and mirror-grinding techniques. All telescopes, commercial and homemade, are welcome. The site is a National Historic Landmark.

Deborah Byrd

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