The 2005 Riverside Telescope Makers Conference Astronomer's Choice Award goes to:

Katie Barmazel, Ivy White & Sarah Davis of Santa Rosa Girl Scout Troop 83
Maurice Sweiss and Sam Sweiss of Scope City generously donated parts they needed to complete their telescope.
The winners of Riverside Telescope Makers Conference's Astronomer's Choice telescope-making award were
 Katie Barmazel, Ivy White, and Sarah Davis of Girl Scout Troop 83 in Santa Rosa, California.
The trio's impressive 8-inch f/5 Dobsonian reflector sports a homemade mirror. Photo courtesy Tom Davis.
While at the conference they chatted with John Dobson.

 The girls won the Merit Award, and the top prize of the Astronomer's Choice Award at the RTMC Telescope Maker's Conference
in Big Bear, California on Sunday May 29, 2005.

They were also awarded a 10" mirror blank and a private tour of Mt. Palomar from Jean Mueller.
Within scouting, they received their Girl Scout Silver Award for their project.
Bob Schalck, an AANC Amateur Award winner of 1983 and master optician who was a former judge at RTMC,  helped the girls with grinding and polishing their mirror and mounting the mirror and focuser.  Bob will be a featured speaker and demonstrate the cleaning
of optics at the upcoming AANC-CON 2005, on Saturday August 27th at the Randall Museum in San Francisco.
Bob Fies of Alcoat coated the finished mirror for the girls.

More pictures of their quest can be found here.
Congratulations to you three and a big thanks also goes out to their leader, Janet Davis, who initially brought the girls into Scope City
a few short months ago.

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