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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:13 AM

5:45AM? Check.
Sandwiches made? Check.
GPS programmed (even though it's my sixth time)? Check.
Camera batteries charged? Check.
Compact Flash cards empty? Check.
Secret astronomy resources in wallet's hidden compartment? Check.
Overcast, grey day with rain in the offing? Che……WAIT? There isn't a cloud in the sky! It's cold but crisp and, above all, clear! IT CAN'T BE NEAF…..BUT IT IS!

As I have done for the last few years, I thought I'd put up some pics of the enjoyable day I spent at Rockland Community College yesterday. It was the usual mix of excellent presentations, drool-worthy equipment and unexpected bargains. It seemed to me to be as busy as any I've attended previously, and people seemed to be enthusiastic. Getting some solar observing always helps!

I was shooting RAW on a 7D (for the most part; a few were from my 5D "classic") and the file sizes are pretty big. So forgive me if you see any artifacts or what looks like poor color correction. There are four reasons for this: (1) CN requires file sizes to be smaller than 200kb, but I have found that often my images are rejected at around 160kb, so I made them pretty small. This means that I'm throwing away around 99.5% of the information… (2) RCC is a challenging place to shoot: it combines three difference kinds of ambient electric light with sunlight and a number of the vendors' and attendees' lights…. (3) I did these late last night on my woefully underpowered Mac Mini, which was….frustrating, and (4) There are some major system weaknesses behind my camera's viewfinder. This last is the most important and I'm afraid that upgrades can take a while.

Anyway, enjoy. It was a fun day.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:14 AM

1. NEAF organizer Alan Traino has a lot to think about on the day of the show. His role as a conflict arbiter is not well known. Here he is resolving a dispute between fans of oil and air spaced lenses.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:14 AM

2. The solar party was, like some eclipses, a partial success. Clouds moved in around 2:00, but most were happy that the morning was clear.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:15 AM

3. There were some pretty big scopes at the solar party.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:16 AM

4. Moving into the hall, we'll start with one of the big guns. This from Meade.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:18 AM

6. Any new scope from Astro-Physics is big news. Here's their 175mm astrograph on the new 1600 GTO.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:18 AM

6a. Another view

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:19 AM

8. This cool eyepiece box, carved beautifully and with internal LEDs was up for grabs.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:20 AM

10. Vic Maris was showing a 50mm apo - he described it as the world's smallest. It was like a little jewel.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:21 AM

12. More vintage action, though I'm not sure exactly what this refractor is. It was at Stellafane's booth, I think.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:21 AM

7. One of my favorite scopes was to be found at the CN vintage booth.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:23 AM

13. This attractive mount was being offered by Avalon Instruments. It uses a tooth belt drive.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:23 AM

13a. Avalon was also showing a single arm solution.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:24 AM

13b. Another view.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:24 AM

15. This new (to me) concept makes sense….turn a lens into a scope. It's called lens2scope - of course!

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:25 AM

18. To me, the most interesting scope on show: TEC's amazing Wide Field Camera: 300mm aperture at f 1:1.44! No price given. My wife has agreed that this is a perfect grab-and-go scope for me: if I grab one, she'll go straight to divorce court…

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:25 AM

19. Another view.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:25 AM

20. Not often Questar introduces a new model. This one looks like it has their usual attention to detail. There does seem to be some sort of obstruction, though…

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:26 AM

21. Another mount, this time from Astro Dream Tech. It's the 200GE . rated for 66lbs.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:26 AM

22. An extremely rare Porter Garden Telescope.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:27 AM

23. The Roland Christen of his day!

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:28 AM

24. I tried to avoid repeats of last year's pics, but every time I see the Questar I'm blown away.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:28 AM

25. The Canon guys let me try their amazing glass. This was with the 8-17mm fisheye. On the right is Chuck Westfall, an extremely pleasant and helpful representative of the company.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:29 AM

26. Lots of attendees!

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:30 AM

28 "Now, where'd that pesky Sun go?" Nice Traveller (I think).

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