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Binocular List #279: 08 December 2003

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Subject: BHS Meeting March 2004

From: "Steve Stayton" <sstayton@___ink.net>

Binocular History Society Meeting

Tucson Arizona USA

March 20 and 21, 2004

There will be a two day meeting of binocular enthusiasts next March in Tucson. We will have some short presentations by interested members, table space for displays, and a field trip. The tentative agenda is as follows:

Friday PM: Registration and informal social time

Saturday AM: Registration

Saturday AM: Presentations and displays

Saturday PM: Field trip to University of Arizona Mirror Lab Saturday

Evening: Buffet dinner

Sunday: Presentations and swap meet

Sunday PM: adjourn

The meetings will be held at the Viscount Suite Hotel in Tucson. The convention room rate is $98 plus tax for single or double occupancy. The rooms are suites and a full breakfast is included in the convention rate. Reservation phone number is: 1-800-527-9666 or 520-745-6500. The hotel is quite nice with a good central location in Tucson. Our convention rate is guaranteed until February 19. Be sure to ask for the Binocular History Society rate. The meeting date is in peak winter tourist season for Tucson so be sure to get your reservations placed promptly if you plan to attend. Reservations made after February 19 will be subject to a higher rate. There will be a small registration fee for attendees to help cover the meeting costs, estimated at between $20 and $40 depending on how many people sign up.

We will have a tour of the University of Arizona Steward Observatory Mirror Lab on Saturday afternoon. This is a most fascinating tour for anyone with an interest in optics. See:  

http://medusa.as.arizona.edu/mlab/mlab.html

The Lab is currently fabricating two 8 meter diameter mirrors for the Large Binocular Telescope to be installed on Mt. Graham here in Arizona (without a doubt it will be the largest "binocular" for a long time when completed).

Peter Abrahams will schedule presentations. If you would like to do a presentation please contact him at: telscope@___.com

If you do plan to attend or have questions please contact Steve Stayton at: sstayton@___ink.net

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Tucson next year.

Steve

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We already have seven persons interested in presenting on some aspect of the history of binoculars.  The paper sessions can be expanded to a limited degree, but we are planning on allowing much time for visiting and discussion.  If you are interested in sharing your knowledge, let

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