We took a trip to New England this weekend – many of you know that our daughter is a student at UMass and we spend lots of time with her and with our telescope-making friends in Vermont. In fact, we wrote about our trip to the annual telescope convention last summer.
October is prime foliage season. Connecticut is still pre-peak, Massachusetts has maybe another week to go, but Vermont was fantastic.
We paid a visit to one of our favorite spots – Stellafane. For those of you unfamiliar, Stellafane is a National Historic Landmark on Breezy Hill in Springfield, Vermont. It is considered by many to be the birthplace of amateur telescope making. Here is the view from Breezy Hill this weekend.
At the top of the hill is the clubhouse of the Springfield Telescope Makers, founded in 1923 by Russell Porter. Inside the clubhouse, we lit a fire and enjoyed talking with club members.
It was a cloudy weekend, but the Porter Turret, a homemade reflecting telescope was still beautiful with Mount Ascutney in the background.
For more information on Stellafane and the Springfield Telescope Makers, contact us or visit their website at http://stellafane.org/.