The Fifth MidAtlantic Mirror Makers Weekend
is history! Mirror makers and Star Gazers gathered at the St Jones
Reserve just south of Dover and spent Friday-Sunday,
March 4-6, grinding, polishing and figuring their mirrors. There were several 8 and 10 inch mirrors, one
12.5" and 3 sets of Shiefspieglers. All the "non
Shiefspiegler" mirrors were successfully completed. Those
Shiefspiegler guys were very determined and I remember the excited yell of at
least one who finally "saw parallel lines"!
Bill Cheng brought his completed shief and it yielded some excellent
views of Saturn Saturday night. Many thanks to Jerry Truitt, Bill Hannagan, and
Dave Groski for organizing the event and working to ensure it's success.
Our excellent food service was provided by Karen
Surles and Kathy Sheldon - in spite of the extremely small kitchen.
The Saturday afternoon fish fry may become a regular at future MMM's.
Nothing like a tummy full of southern fried fish and
hushpuppies to make the figuring more successful. Steve Swayze, from Swayze Optical, provided his
usual very patient guiding expertise throughout the polishing/figuring stages
allowing each mirror maker to take home a fine quality newtonian mirror.
I am sure each mirror will be treasured for many
years. Bill Hannagan really did a fine job from his
introduction to mirror making, throughout fine grinding, polishing, and figuring
stages. He was continually going from stand to stand checking the
progress of each mirror. Thanks for being so patient,
Bill. St Jones Reserve proved to be a nice facility and
many asked if we can hold MMM#6 there vs Mallard Lodge. An added treat on Saturday was provided by Dover
Air Force Base. A pair of C-5's were practicing touch and go's and used the
airspace over our building for turns. They offered us quite a view of
the underside of a C-5...with wheels down! Another treat was provided by Star
Gazer and C-5 Maintenance TSgt Leonard White...he provided an in the hanger guided tour of
a C-5 (inside, underside, and topside)! Thanks, Leonard. So, it is now time to think about the next mirror
making weekend. Think 16" er's! Don Surles, President, Delmarva Star Gazers