Visions of the Northeast Astronomy Forum 2017

Posted by David Eicher
on Friday, April 14, 2017

Steve Meni at Astronomy Magazine’s booth, NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

I had a wonderful time last weekend meeting and talking with many of you through the Northeast Astronomy Forum 2017, at Rockland Community College, in Suffern, New York. The Rockland club and especially the driving force of Al Nagler and Tele Vue Optics should be commended again for pushing forward the nation’s best telescope show, now older than 25 years. 

I was handicapped a bit this year by being hit with a cold the day before, and so as some of you saw, simply stood in a daze chatting all day on Saturday at the Astronomy Magazine booth. Sunday I was a little bit more mobile, and got around a little bit to talk with some old friends. But as you know, the conversations roll on and on and on and before you know it, the time’s up. 

Nonetheless, I saw some exciting things at NEAF. I wanted to share some images I shot with you, which will follow this . . . and more to come on what was discussed at NEAF. Some neat projects coming down the road . . . 

PlaneWave and its monster telescope at NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Roland and Marjorie Christen pose with their impressive Astro-Physics scope, NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

The Astronomical League in force with Tom Lynch, John Goss, and Bill Bogardus, NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

The Celestron booth was a centerpiece of the meeting, NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Longtime Sky & Telescope Editor and now American Astronomical Society Press Officer Rick Fienberg, NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Scott Roberts of Explore Scientific had a huge display including his Airstream trailer loaded with scopes, NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Old friends Steve and Laurie Young of Astronomy Now brought their charm over to the States, NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

The Classic Telescopes booth featured numerous instruments that reminded many of us of the joys of our youth; NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Lumicon had a great booth full of fancy wares; NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

The amazing John Briggs is one of the world’s experts on antique telescopes, among his many talents; NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Michael Zeiler and his lovely wife Polly White were frantically busy with their Great American Eclipse display, anticipating the amazing summer to come; NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Mike Simmons, a man of boundless energy, discusses his various international projects with Astronomers Without Borders, NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Oceanside Photo and Telescope, now under the ownership of Dustin and Ginny Gibson, offers a spellbinding array of products; NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Old friends Kevin Kawai and Brenda Abrica work on the Celestron exhibits as they enjoy another NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Alain Maury, master of the skies from Chile, and longtime Sky & Telescope Editor Dennis di Cicco enjoy their moments on Sunday afternoon; NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

Astronomy Contributing Editor Mike Reynolds is all smiles, anticipating this year’s great eclipse to come; NEAF, Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York, April 2017.

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