Astronomy magazine to again sponsor NEAF

Posted by David Eicher
on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Credit: Bill Andrews
Once again this year, Astronomy magazine will serve as a proud sponsor of the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), the largest telescope show in the United States. The event, which features dozens of telescope manufacturers, talks by professional and amateur astronomers, solar observing, lots of activities for kids, “getting started” beginners classes in astronomy, door prizes, and much more will take place April 18 and 19, 2015, in Suffern, New York.

NEAF’s host facility is the campus of Rockland Community College, just about an hour outside New York City. More than 110 vendors will be displaying the latest in telescopes, binoculars, cameras, lenses, eyepieces, books, T-shirts, meteorites, and accessories — everything you need for the astronomy hobby. Speakers will include Marc Rayman, Dawn mission engineer; Peter Saulson of the LIGO Project; Kitt Peak’s Matt Penn of the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope; Stephen Ramsden and Ben Jenkins of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project; Kelly Beatty of Sky & Telescope; myself; and others.

I urge you to check out NEAF — there really is no other astronomy event quite like it.

And if that weren’t enough, astroimagers get an enormous treat each year just before NEAF. On April 16 and 17, the Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference will take place near the NEAF site at the Crowne Plaza Conference Center in Suffern. This is one of the premier events for imagers who come together to share their amazing astrophotos, the tips, tricks, and techniques for making them.

Workshops and lectures by a star-studded cast will include presentations by Gaston Baudat, Ron Diiulio, Christopher Go, Gordon Haynes, Pete Kalajian, Thierry Legault, David Lindemann, Dan Llewellyn, Jerry Lodriguss, Gary Palmer, Matt Penn, Jim Roselli, and Preston Starr.

If you are into astroimaging, this event is a must!
For more on NEAF, see http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/neaf.html
For more on NEAIC, see http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/neaic.html
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