Pacific Astronomy & Telescope Show
September 13, 2008 @ 12:00 am - September 14, 2008 @ 12:00 am EDT
The Riverside Telescope Makers Conference, Inc. announces a new international astronomy convention called the Pacific Astronomy & Telescope Show (PATS). The first will be held September 13-14, 2008 at the Pasadena Center, in downtown Pasadena, California.
Scheduled during an autumn full moon weekend, RTMC initiates this annual event with astronomy and telescope orientated speakers, vendors, and workshops. Meetings organized by various astronomical special interest groups are also welcome. This timing does not interefer with new moon star parties and is a great opportunity for observers and armchair astronomers to network with vendors ahead of the holiday season.
The Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show offers a clean, modern, indoor venue suitable for many exhibitors who have difficulty with the outdoor conditions at the RTMC, Inc.’s original public astronomical event, the outdoor RTMC Astronomy Expo. The RTMC Astronomy Expo is held every Memorial Day Weekend at a YMCA camp near Big Bear, California. The Expo is one of the major astronomy gatherings in the country, and will continue in the future.
The Pasadena Convention facility contains adequate space for over 100 vendors as well as adjoining meeting rooms to accommodate workshops, lectures, and special events. It offers easy access from airports and other locales, with a variety of public transportation options.
Surrounding the facilities in Old Pasadena are numerous restaurants, hotels, a shopping mall, and Colorado Boulevard, site of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Nearby astronomical points of interest include Caltech, JPL, and Mt. Wilson Observatory. Several amusement parks and other attractions are within an hour’s drive, making this an ideal location for everyone in the family.
Astronomy-related groups who wish to host their annual meetings at PATS should contact the organizers. Meetings held during PATS will helpmagnify public exposure for these groups and may enlarge their attendance.