Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) 2010
April 17 & 18, 2010

The 19th Annual Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show (NEAF) was bigger and better than ever this year with over 130 companies participating. The Rockland Astronomy Club hosts this renowned event at the Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY. It is amazing how this group of club members and volunteers organizes this event to run so smoothly and professionally. This year featured an expanded program of exhibits and activities for children.

Photo Credits: Marj Christen, Gilles Cohen and Howard Hedlund


The 3600GTO “el Capitan" was an impressive sight with the twin 305mm instruments riding on top!

This year we were pleased to announce that the 305mm f3.8 Riccardi-Honders Astrograph is in production. We look forward to accepting orders and delivering the first scopes within the next couple of months.

The 2nd production run of the 3600GTO is also underway with delivery this summer.

Unfortunately, we do not have plans to produce the 12" f12.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain (the longer of the two scopes) at this time.

Roland Christen, president of Astro-Physics, put the final touches on the assembly of the 130mm f6.3 StarFire EDF “Gran Turismo" refractor and Mach1GTO German Equatorial Mount on the 6" Eagle Pier. We are currently shipping the 130 refractor to delighted customers. The Mach1GTO is also in production and shipping in time for the Spring observing season. At the time of this report, there are still a few Mach1GTOs available for June delivery.

New Parts
You spoke, we listened. In order to meet the needs of our customers, several new accessories were developed during the past couple of months. Click this link for a description of each item. Most of them will be available for purchase in mid-May, the remainder will be finished approximately July. We will post more information on each item very soon.
Howard (in the navy AP polo shirt) explained the daytime polar alignment routine to interested customers who gave it a try. This is a quick and easy way to get going before the sun even sets. Imagine the advantage of viewing the planets at dusk or tracking the sun during the day shortly after you set up in a new observing location.
Big Bear Observatory University of Hawaii at Mauna Kea Ercik Bondoux at Concordia Dome C University of St. Thomas Gary Walker, Macon, Georgia 3600 Prototype Setup University of Nice Erick Bondoux in Antarctica Astronomy Club of Hamburg, Germany Masking the tube of the Riccardi-Honders 3600 parts in machining Texas A&M University Joe Badal's 3600 setup

Our display banners featured current professional and private installations of the 3600GTO mount, ray trace of the 305mm f3.8 Riccardi-Honders Astrograph and photos taken with the 305mm Riccardi-Honders and the 305mm f12.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain.

You can get a better view of the photos on the right-hand banner by mousing over the images. They will open in a new window or browser tab. Roland's astro-images will be linked here shortly.

It is a great pleasure to greet old friends and meet new people each year.
Sunday offered opportunities for solar observing between the clouds. Alan Friedman shared the views through his Astro-Physics 90mm f5 Stowaway, Baader Binocular Viewer and 90mm Coronado Solarmax hydrogen alpha filter.


Dean Koenig of Starizona proudly displays the beautiful new 12.5" f8 Hyperion Astrograph on his AP 1200GTO mount.

  John Stiles of Optical Guidance Systems and Steve Reilly demonstrated Steve’s 2004 RC12.5 f/9 with carbon fiber tube and Astro-Physics 1200GTO mount. Optical Guidance Systems is an OEM distributor of Astro-Physics mounts. Steve operates his mount remotely using ACP software.


As NEAF drew to a close, our crew gathered before dismantling the AP booth. From left to right: Franck Valbousquet (Optique et Vision), Robert Watters (head of AP machining department), Gilles Cohen (Optique et Vision, frequent contributor to the AP Yahoo user groups), Howard Hedlund (AP technical support), Marj and Roland Christen (owners and founders of AP).

Optique et Vision represents Astro-Physics in France. We offer our gratitude for their assistance.

See you all next year!

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