Author Topic: What can you tell me about the Northeast Astronomy Forum April 9 & 10, 2016  (Read 636 times)

Cesar Lawhorn

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Northeast Astronomy Forum April 9 & 10, 2016

http://www.rocklanda...y.com/neaf.html

I am about 8 months into this hobby so everything is new to me. What can you tell me about NEAF? I live on Long Island. Thisappears to be about a 60 miles away which is very workable. I have read the web site and this looks pretty interesting but I am interested in hearing from people who have gone to this event in the past to hear about what you thought.

What did you really like?

If I were to go, what do I want to be sure not to miss?

What to avoid?

Should I bring a telescope with me?

Is this kid friendly?

Bargains galore?

Should I plan to stay over for night time activities?

My wife is not interested in astronomy. Is there anything for her to do at the event or in the area?

Inquiring minds want to know.



Jason Simpson

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NEAF is a large sales floor where vendors set up. You can see all the latest equipment. Most of them give discounts on equipment. Bring cash for the best discounts. In addition, there are presentations in the auditorium and at the end of the sales floor. To get from the sales floor to the large auditorium, you have to walk down a number of hallways surrounding a open outside area. In this area, they set up the solar observing party. Just about any possible means of viewing the sun is on display.

You will be walking and standing a lot. Be prepared for that. They have children's events and give-aways. I don't think that would keep a child occupied all day.

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I've attended the NEAF every year since 1995. It's a three hour drive for me. I suppose that alone says something about the event. I've heard some famous professional astronomers speak and even met some of them, along with many of the big names in amateur astronomy. Over the years, I've purchased a lot of gear and other items at NEAF.

Do not miss the lectures on topics that may be of interest. Get to the auditorium early, since some speakers draw very large crowds.

There is really no point in taking a telescope there.

There are some activities tailored to children.

There are indeed bargains to be had.

What nighttime activities? The NEAF does not feature nighttime observing. The solar star party, however, is great.

To the best of my knowledge, there isn't much else to do in the general area.

I'm attaching some shots that I took at last year's NEAF.

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Some photos from 2004 are posted athttp://dvaa.org/Photos/NEAF2004/

There are others from previous years in the CN Astronomy Shows & Conferences section.

Dave Mitsky

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It is a very good way of spending more money then you intended and not just a little more.
Check the talks out.