Springfield, Vt., is not your typical convention destination. There are no headquarters hotels or convention centers, but there is a place called Breezy Hill, where 1,500 amateur astronomers convene for the Stellafane Convention every summer. The Stellafane Convention is put on in July or August — on a weekend as close to the new moon as possible — by the Springfield Telescope Makers Inc., an amateur astronomy and telescope-making club. Attendance is tied to the weather, says Stellafane ...

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