Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) 2008
April 25 & 26, 2008

The 17th Annual Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show (affectionately known as NEAF) was hosted by the Rockland Astronomy Club and Sky & Telescope magazine. This is a first class opportunity for anyone interested in astronomy to see the latest and greatest astronomy equipment and listen to interesting and informative speakers (see below). Kirk Rogers kindly allowed me to use this photo to provide you with an overview of the venue at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY.

Roland (aka. "Rolando") stands by the 3600GTO "El Capitan" mount and the prototype 305mm F12.5 Maksutov Cassegrain with Carbon Fiber Tube that we introduced this year at NEAF. This combination generated quite a bit of excitement both at NEAF and in the Astro-Physics Yahoo user's groups.

This year's booth featured both observatory and portable dream setups. On the left is the Mach1GTO perched nicely on a 6" Eagle Adjustable Folding Pier (EAGLE6) and carrying the 130 mm f/6.3 StarFire EDF "Gran Turismo" that is scheduled to begin delivery at the end of June.   Marj and Roland in a rare moment of quiet at the Astro-Physics booth

Isn't that pretty!

Gilles Cohen from Optique et Vision, one of our French dealers, poses next to the Mach1GTO, 6" Eagle and 130 mm f/6.3 StarFire EDF "Gran Turismo." Many of you know Gilles from the Astro-Physics Yahoo user's groups.

The 130 mm f/6.3 StarFire EDF "Gran Turismo" displayed in a custom case made by our friends at ScopeGuard that meets current airline overhead luggage specifications.

The "Gran Turismo" easily separates into three components for compact transport.

Gilles Cohen and Franck Valbouquet of Optique et Vision on the left; Marj and Roland Christen of Astro-Physics on the right and "El Capitan" with the 305 mm f/12.5 Mak-Cas in the middle. Both Franck and Gilles were a great help to us in the Astro-Physics booth. Merci!   No Gilles! No climbing on the equipment!

Our friends from PlaneWave Instruments brought us a bigger instrument for "El Capitan" to play with.

On the left are Joe Haberman (far left) and Rick
Hedrick of PlaneWave. The scope is a CDK20 - a 20 inch (1/2 meter) f/6.8 Corrected Dall-Kirkham. Marj, Roland and "El Capitan" round out the photo.

  Patrick Pelletier and Myriam Manaranche from Medas, our first dealer affilliate in France were also present at NEAF this year. Viva la France!
Another rare quiet moment at the Astro-Physics booth   Roland was a Keynote Speaker on Sunday giving a talk entitled "Optical Design for High Resolution Imaging."
Swappin' stories at the Astro-Physics booth!   Roland was interviewed for the Cloudy Nights live webcast on Sunday.

Marj, Alan French, Al and Judy Nagler, Franck, Howard, Roland and Gilles


It was a great pleasure to talk to many long-time customers and other attendees. We always enjoy putting names and voices to faces. Many thanks to those Astro-Physics owners who took the time to fill out our scope/mount questionnaires. We do appreciate your input. We hope that you will enjoy wearing your new navy AP embroidered baseball caps or winter hat.
We'll see you all next year with more new goodies.

Click here to visit the NEAF website

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