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Upcoming Events

March 15, 2014
Annual RAC Dinner
Enjoy an inspiring presentation and great food with your fellow members.

April 10-11, 2014
9th Annual Northeast Astro Imaging Conference
Experience astro-imaging at it's best.

April 12-13, 2014
23rd Annual Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show America's premier astronomy expo: Be Inspired. Discover. Wonder. Learn.

July 25 - August 3, 2014
Summer Star Party 2014
Peppermint Park Camping Resort in Plainfield, MA

RAC Schedule of Events (PDF)

Featured Articles
Thinking of starting out in amateur astronomy and want to know where to begin? Read our article Where Do I Begin?
Purchasing a telescope for the first time? Read our Guide to Buying a First Telescope.
Important information about Club Observing Permits (PDF)
Astronomy Picture of the Day
NASA Breaking News

April 12 & 13, 2014
Our 23rd Anniversary!
America's Premiere Astronomy Expo

Saturday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Rockland Community College
Suffern, NY (just 28 miles North of NYC)

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RAC Annual Dinner 2013

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NEAF is quite simply the world’s largest and most exciting space
& astronomy event of its kind.

Two Amazing Days Featuring:

> World-renowned Speakers

> Exclusive Product Showcases with more than 115 on-site Vendors & Exhibitors

> NEAF Solar Star Party Daily Solar Observing

> Pro/Am Conference

> STARLAB Planetarium Shows

> Getting Started Classes for Beginners

> Children's Space & Astronomy Program of Activities

> Hourly Door Prize Giveaways

Fantastic Raffle Prizes

Some of Last Year's Prizes
> Tele Vue Delos Set of 6 Eyepieces (valued at $2,220)
> Meade 10" LX90-ACF Advanced Coma-Free w/UHTC Telescope ($2,650)
> Celestron Skyprodigy 6 Telescope ($1,000)
> Croma Tech LRGB Filter Set ($850)
> AR102 f/6.5 Doublet Achromat Refractor ($624)
> Borg Mini Guide Scope Set ($500)
> Oberwerk 10.5 x 70 Ultra Series Binocular ($400)
> 15x70 Premium Binoculars ($400)
> Solar 60 Computerized Telescope ($300)
> William Optics Bino Viewers ($300)
> Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 Binoculars ($70)
Plus many, many more!

2014 Special Events

2nd Annual N-PAC Northeast Pro/Am Conference , Learn how to collaborate with professional astronomers and contribute to real science with a variety of ongoing research projects.

Book Signing with Alan Stern, The Principal Investigator on the New Horizons Mission to Pluto and Pluto advocate will be signing his book Pluto & Charon.

Solar Observing with the Charlie Bates Solar Project, A variety of Lunt solar equipment and Shelyak spectroscopic equipment will be set up for observing (weather permitting).

Plus -
Live music, an amazing astro-photo display
and many more.

   2014 Featured Speakers
Celestron Theater

Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator,
New Horizons Mission to Pluto

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Special Live Video presentation and Q&A session by the host of the new TV series Cosmos

Matt Greenhouse, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center,
The James Webb Space Telescope

Garik Israelian, Astrophysicist / Spectroscopist, Institute of Astrophysics of Canary Islands –
Stars With Extrasolar Planets: Are They Different?

Joe Rao, Meteorologist, News12 TV Personality,
The 2014 Comet LINEAR Meteor Shower

Stephen Ramsden, Director, Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, The Importance of STEM Outreach in the Community and a 2013-2014 Solar Activity Recap.

Monica Young, S&T, Astrophysicist,
Black Holes, Quasars, and Object G2 at the Center of the Galaxy

Dr. Richard T. Fienberg, AAS,
ProAm Collaborations

Dave Eicher, Astronomy,
Comets: Visitors from Deep Space

NEAF Talks Schedule

2014 Daily Presentations & Talks
iOptron Theater

Stephen Ramsden, Charlie Bates Solar Project, Recent Solar Activity, International SUN-day & the importance of science outreach in our world.

Dr. Ken Kremer, NASA/JPL Planetary Ambassador, Future of NASA - Orion, SpaceX, Antares & more!

Al Nagler, Optical Designer, Choosing Eyepieces

Springfield Telescope Makers, Stellafane Convention 2013

International Dark Sky Association, Light Pollution Update

Dr. Bernie Sokolowski, Beginners Class in Telescopes

Presented by RAC, Sponsored by
Event Details
Show Hours:
Saturday, April 12, 2013 - 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ticket booths open 1/2 hour before show begins
Ticket Prices:
$25.00 for adults (1-Day) or $45.00 for (2-Day) admission ticket.
Under 16 FREE with parent. Buy Tickets Here.
FREE parking for more than 1,000 cars and RV's
Dozens of door prizes each day
Fantastic raffle prizes (see list above)
Activities for children
Amateur Telescope Making display by the Springfield Telescope Makers, Springfield, VT
Starlab planetarium shows
Special Hotel Rates:
(Request special NEAF rate when making reservations)

Crowne Plaza, (NEAIC location & closest to NEAF), Suffern, NY - 845.357.4800 ($124.00)

Sheraton Crossroads, Mahwah, NJ - 201.529.0887 ($136.00)

Courtyard Marriott , Mahwah, NJ - 201.529.5200 ($99.00)

Exhibitor Information:
Exhibitors' Reference Page

Check out Astronomy Technology Today's NEAF/NEAIC article: NEAF/NEAIC 2011
Check out Kirk Roger's NEAF photojournal: NEAF 2011
Check out Kirk Roger's NEAF Solar Star Party photojournal: NEAFSSP 2011


More than 110 on-site Vendors with fantastic door prizes!