Make plans for this weekend to attend the largest annual astronomy trade show in America, at the Rockland Community College campus in Suffern, New York — the Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show (NEAF). Hosted by the Rockland Astronomy Club and cosponsored by Sky & Telescope, NEAF features the latest telescopes and accessories from more than 100 vendors. It also showcases talks by leading amateur and professional astronomers, and workshops geared toward all levels of hobbyist, from beginner to advanced.
This year's talks feature S&T's own Tony Flanders and Alan MacRobert. They'll be speaking about Astronomy and Culture: Past, Present, and Future and Planets Throughout the Cosmos: What We Know So Far, respectively. The list of fantastic speakers also includes former S&T editor in chief Rick Fienberg, who will present The New Era of Professional-Amateur Collaboration in Astronomy.
See what else will be happening at NEAF this year:
Astrophotographers may want to check out the 8th annual Northeast Astro Imaging Conference, held at the Crowne Plaza Conference Center in Suffern on April 18-19. The event features lectures from some of the biggest names in astro-imaging revealing their tricks and techniques.