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Rochesterfest 2012 !

Another fantastic Rochestarfest is in the books !

We had a great time at the Farash center this year - despite the very warm tempratures. :

This year we really got into solar observing on Saturday. We had a total of 4 solar setups going including the new outreach scope, Luke Leege's big refractor, the Cave scope with a solar film, Bob Mcgoverns refractor with Corinado solar filter in the big dome, and the new solar observatory scope. This plethora of solar observing entertained the crowd all day with fantastic views of sun spots, solar flares, and surface details on our closest star.

Meanwhile, we had some great talks from members like Marty Pepe and Brandon Doyle :

And lots of items for sale in the silent aution down in the basement :

As always, there was a full schedule of kids activities like rocket launches :

Telescope pad decorating :

Lots of great door prizes :

Of course all that fiun works up a hearty appetite, which was expertly handled this year my our master chef Frank Bov and his able assistent Roger Mcdonough :

This years dessert was themed after the best astro event of the year so far - the 2012 Venus transit !

Thanks to all who volunteered setting up, tearing down, and all who attended. We hope everyone had a great time.
Hope to see all of you next year !