Monday, April 13, 2009

Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show

The Northeast Astronomy Forum is held in southen New York state, near exit 15 of the New York state thruway (where 87 and 287 split)--close to the New Jersey state line. It is a quick drive from western Connecticut, northern New Jersey and, of course, southern New York.

The expo will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 18th and 19th (next weekend). It's $20 for adults and kids 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. It sounds really interesting. The link includes an agenda that includes speakers, a 3D film, workshops on solar imaging or DSLR astrophotography (workshops require registration). The events and speakers include a lecture on purchasing a beginning telescope, the premiere of the documentary "Journey on Mars 3-D," amateur exoplanet discoveries from the editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, Citizen Scientist, the Interstellarum magazine editor with "Charles Messier: His Catalog and Objects in a New Light," and "Jets from Black Holes in Quasars."

There will be a number of telescope and related equipment vendors at the expo--lots for amatuers to drool over! They will also have mirror grinding demonstrations (!), educational activities for children, amateur telescope making display, and planetarium shows.

It looks like a lot of fun. My husband is planning to take Hanover and Flurpee, perhaps with a fellow astronomer friend. Perhaps he'll see you there!

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