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    Was anyone here at NEAF this past weekend? Monica Young gave a fantastic lecture on black holes. The auditorium was packed.

    The solar star part was great. I definitely want to get a Lunt 60mm! I better start saving my pennies. One thing I had never seen before was the sun funnel. I am going to make one soon and use it in my classroom.

    I missed the lectures on comets and the Webb space telescope. I was busy drooling on equipment. I picked up a few eyepieces (Celestron Luminos), which I am very impressed with. I would love to pick up an Explore Scientiffic, but they are a little out of my range at moment.
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    I missed NEAF this year ( The IRS had other plans for my money)

    But I was wondering how the prices were in general and if Televue had any Blems for sale at fantastic prices as they have had in the prior years

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    NEAF was great. It's amazing how much goes on there. I had only one day to spend there and spent it looking at and for equipment, talking to fellow astronomers and the members of my local and other regional clubs. Unfortunately I didn't make it any of the talks. I did speak with the Televue people about eyepieces. I didn't ask about any special sales, but didn't notice any information about sales either--just the opposite based on the prices. I picked up an ES 82 11mm (the 8.8 mm was nowhere to be found) at 15% off (the ES conference discount), a Celestron OIII filter, and the latest addition of Turn Left at Orion. I had wanted a 2 inch filter, but forgot to look at what the salesperson put in the bag until I got home, and found out it was 1.25 inch. So it fits the 11 mm eyepiece but not my 2 inch ones. Lessson learned,
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    Wish I was there !
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    I missed it last year, but it was very good this year. I also picked up a green laser and a few books from Springer Publishing. The girl at the Springer booth was cute and really knowledgeable. One book (which I've started reading) is on spectroscopy, and the other is on beginning radio astronomy.

    There were some great deals on eyepieces from Hands-on and Highpoint, but I didn't notice any price breaks at the Televue booth. Meade was making a big push for their entry-level scopes from sunny optical (who bought Meade). I noticed some good deals on ES scopes (AR102's mainly) but otherwise nothing really stood out to me equipment wise.
    Happy gazing

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    Default Re: Neaf

    I was there as well and did take in the lecture on comets.

    I posted my thoughts in aother thread if anyone is interested in reading them (from a first time attendee).

    Anyone going to NEAF 2014 - NorthEast Astronomy Forum and Telescope Show

 

 

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