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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.

bankrybettdog

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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.

Dave MitskyAttached Thumbnails

engoecircming

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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.

Brandon Hughes

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NEAF is nice place and pay to go in is not cheap! Good to see various telescopes, people and there have plenty of things for kids to do. If sunny then check out Solar telescopes! You are lucky to drive to get there! I went there few years ago and cost me to fly, hotel, rent a carand food. For now I use money to buy telescope or what I need for my astronomythan go to NEAF!

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I have been to two of them and flew to NY to get there! Best astro show in the world IMO. As a newbie, you will be on sensory overload seeing what's all on display. The free magazines pay's the price of admission.

Plus, maybe you can hook up with some of the people you have gotten to know over the past year on CN if they go, that would be cool. An hour away....no brainier, do it!

Matthew Danielson

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They need to give out Cloudy Nights badges so we can recognize each other.

John Sanchez

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Some very good presenters in the Celestron Theater.


Phil Barela

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They need to give out Cloudy Nights badges so we can recognize each other.


Good idea. I like that.

indepmontla

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Well, at one time there were Cloudy Nights shirts for sale (see http://www.cloudynig...-3#entry7055107 post 56). I happen to own two of the t-shirts.

Dave Mitsky

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Re: What can you tell me about the Northeast Astronomy Forum April 9 & 10, 2016
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2018, 02:39:51 PM »
Come visit the International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) booth at NEAF and learn how to do real research with equipment you already own. Classes offered on Saturday and Sunday on getting started timing occultations. Measure the sizes and shapes of asteroids to km resolution, discover double stars, help the Kepler2 mission, co-author scientific papers... the list goes on and on. Hope to see you there!

Jason Muse

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Re: What can you tell me about the Northeast Astronomy Forum April 9 & 10, 2016
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2018, 08:26:35 PM »
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The NEAF does not feature nighttime observing.


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Re: What can you tell me about the Northeast Astronomy Forum April 9 & 10, 2016
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2018, 02:30:52 AM »
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The NEAF does not feature nighttime observing.


 
That's why they always seem to have it on new Moon weekend, always the best time for solar observing.

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Re: What can you tell me about the Northeast Astronomy Forum April 9 & 10, 2016
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2018, 04:20:49 AM »
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The NEAF does not feature nighttime observing.


 
This is unfortunate. I also wish that there would be a star party after the event ends for the day.

But you have to remember that NEAF is put on and run by volunteers from the Rockland Astronomy Club. They've worked the event for the entire day, and are tired by the time the event ends and the sun goes down. Nighttime observing means that they would have to stick around for another 3 or 4 more hours with their scopes. That's a looooooong day.