The atmosphere of the festival was happy and full of lights (bad for astronomy, but pretty to look at), and though I may have been slightly scared when I first arrived, I left feeling like the night had been a great success and looking forward to next year when we’re scheduled to do it again! It did wind up being a lot of fun.
It was a bit difficult to get to- It’s a good thing we left so long before sunset. First we had to go to a local bar to pick up our staff wristbands, then find the correct gate for the RenFest property- and that property is huge, let me tell you! We did eventually find the correct gate, then navigate our way to the building where they would tell us where we were supposed to set up. It’s fascinating to see the festival from behind the scenes, and when it’s not under production.
As mentioned below, I forgot to pack my Telrad and my finderscope. Oops. I eventually figured out that my green laser fit just about perfectly in the bracket for the right-angle finder, so I started using that. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was better than trying to sight down the tube. That is, I used my laser until it faded to the effectiveness of a regular cat toy. Ah well, I’ll carry spare batteries with me next time.