A Year Without Stellafane

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Paul D
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A Year Without Stellafane

Unread post by Paul D » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:15 am

I thought that I would share some thoughts about a year without Stellafane. This would have been my 17 year in a row going to Stellafane and to be honest I will miss it this year. I looked forward to receiving that email notifying me that it was time to register for Stellafane. I then wait in anticipation for the week that I have off prior to Stellafane and the joy of preparing for the new Stellafane Olympics. Gathering all my charts and computer programs, testing all my equipment and packing my truck. It really is a lot of work on the level that I do this. But for me its rewarding and relaxing once I am in Springfield Vermont
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Once there camp goes up and it is again a lot of work, especially if it seems like we will be observing that night. The heat the sun and the sweat drains you. But you take the time to setup your telescope and as soon as night falls and the sky gets filled with stars I become revitalized.
Image20170721_091632 by kyphoron, on Flickr

The walk to the slop tent "as everyone affectionately calls the food tent" can lead to meeting a lot of old friends that you may have made over the years. Of course while walking to the slop tent you never know what you will run into. Maybe even a goat.
Image20170721_075758 by kyphoron, on Flickr
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One of the days I looked forward to was Saturday morning and Paul F 4am wakeup call for the swap tables. After a night of observing it is sometimes very hard to roll out of that sleeping bag. But as the saying goes, "The early bird gets the worm" and in this case its true. The earlier you get to the tables the more treasures you can find.
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But really the one reason why I go to Stellafane each year is for the stories shared from previous years, the friendships that are made, and to remember those that are no longer with us or no longer attend.
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Imageastroday2010-48 by kyphoron, on Flickr

I have come to realize that Stellafane for me is so much more then just a weekend camping in a tent and observing the heavens. It has created some of the best lasting memories that I will never forget and some of the greatest friends that I know. So yes I will definitely miss Stellafane this year. I will miss the sharing views in my eyepiece with others. But most of all I will miss laughing with my friends.
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Re: A Year Without Stellafane

Unread post by Pete » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:00 am

What a lovely reminiscence Paul. Thanks for the posting.
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Re: A Year Without Stellafane

Unread post by TimW » Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:10 pm

I've only been once back in 2018. I couldn't make it last year for reasons many of you know about and COVID-19 shut it down this year. You can bet money that when Stellafane returns, so will I.
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Re: A Year Without Stellafane

Unread post by Borg » Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:40 pm

Thanks so much brother Paul for posting this trend, Mary and I to will miss the camaraderie of good friends and the heavens above and also the swap tables always looking for a good deal. And yes when we all get together and sitting in the road in a circle and watch the shooting stars somethings are just so taken for granted. Hopefully my friends there will be next year looking forward For it!
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Re: A Year Without Stellafane

Unread post by NGC7000 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:19 pm

That was a beautiful posting, Paul, and thank you for it. We share some great memories unique to Stellafane. I find it very strange that I'm not packing my car to go,and complaining about the inevitable possibility of rain all the while. I would gladly do that now if we could.

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Re: A Year Without Stellafane

Unread post by Borg » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:12 pm

You’re so right Tom how often we take things for granted we will miss this year but hopefully we will have next year and have a great time with great friends and take nothing for granted ever again! Every one stay safe God Bless my friend’s.
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Re: A Year Without Stellafane

Unread post by NGC7000 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:23 pm

Most of all I miss the annual competitions. Here's last year's winner for "Best Dressed with Telescope".
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Re: A Year Without Stellafane

Unread post by Borg » Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:56 pm

Good one yes he the Man!!
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