Explora Dome information can be found here: www.exploradome.us Rodney Orion XT10g Canon XSi Extremely happy Explora Dome home observatory owner
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A 50mm Edu-Science refractor started it all...Thanks Mom and Dad!
Celestron CGEM; Various OTA's Various eyepieces; Modified Canon XS; Orion SSAG
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Robert J. Teeter Jr. Owner, Teeter's Telescopes, LLC. http://www.TeetersTelescopes.com 20" F/3.5 TT/Sub4, 16" F/4.5 TT/Stark (under construction), 11" TT/STS, 8" TT/STS
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Andy Miller 12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon) Celestron C102 HD " Carl" Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope" Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott" 60mm Telescope Club
Quote:I did see and say hello to a lot of people...
Clear skies, Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Quote:NEAF 2012 was GREAT!...Keep up the good work Alan! Can't wait for NEAF 2013!
James Nexstar 8SE, Celestron MAK C90, Skywatcher Backpacker 80, ES 102 ED, Orion XT4.5, Celestron 15x70 binos Baader Maxbright Binoviewers, ES 82*-6.7mm, 8.8, 14, 14, and 24mm EPs, Celestron zoom EP CGEM DX mount, ASI210mc, Canon T2i More stuff than I care to add!
Quote:My first time and I was only allowed to spend 2 1/2 hours at NEAF.
Quote:Perhaps less exciting due to the relative lack of new gear coming out. I am looking forward to watching neaf videos later. I hope their wasn't less recording due to the smaller show. I did not attend this time around.
StephI'm in the fight! - Support Liver Disease Awareness10" RCX400 ~~ 4" TV102 ~~ WO ZS80FD ~~ PSTSerenity Observatory
Quote: it wasn't a smaller show,
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Quote:Quote: it wasn't a smaller show, ...and no shortage of new gear, either. I saw no fewer than 10 new computerized telescope mounts, including models from two new producers. I'm interested in mounts, so I noticed. Saw info on a couple of new CCD camera platforms not yet available. Might have been more, as there were several CCD producers there with whose product lines I'm unfamiliar. Saw several brand new optical tube designs. I don't believe I've ever seen so many products new to NEAF. I don't mean to harp on this, and I'll shut up now. I just hate to see these internet rumors get started.
George N Obsession 20 Optical Guidance Systems 10" F/9 R-C Cass 6" F/5 & 8" F/8 home-made Newts Explore Scientific 127mm ED MI-250 mount Denk II bino-viewer, with PowerX and Newt reducer, Member, International Dark-Sky Association
N11GPS Fastar//TOA-130S//MK66 Std//AT6RC//Vintage C5//Megrez II 80mm APO//SolarMax 40 NJP Temma II//Sirius EQ-G Too Many Astro-Cameras//Mallincam Color Hyper Plus Two not-spoiled Golden Retrievers - Casey and Nelson Lot 19 Deerlick Astronomy Village (Canis Major) Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering. - Arthur C. Clarke
Quote:I'm with jcrilly, especially where mounts are concerned - there were several new mounts from known manufacturers (Meade and AP, to name 2), and mounts from new manufacturers. Explore Scientific also quietly showed the prototype EQ mount from last year, which I found to be quite innovative; I had a great conversation at NEAF 2011 with its designer.There were many new scopes in attendance, from Stellarvue, Meade (all theirs except the solar scopes were new), TEC, Explore, and others. Rob Teeter floored me with the variety of offerings this year (does he EVER sleep?)Frankly, I wasn't a bit disappointed with NEAF 2012 (my 5th); I expect some years to dazzle with new and innovatove products and some to be less so.
Quote:I particularly enjoyed the party in that trailer in the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza!
= Whoa! Is it too late to go back? =
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:In my case, the biggest problem was getting there consumed the bulk of any spending money I had. I still got a few things, but not what I would have without the large transportation expense. If there were a SouthWest Astronomy Forum, I think a large sector of the community could show, and the skies would be good enough to have a star party. Every single major prime I asked refused to consider setting a scope up outside for night due to previous experience with poor seeing. I have no idea if the vendors would support such a thing in its first year, though. I am thinking the time to have it would be September-October. There's a pretty high density of astronomers out this way. I had imagined it would be really easy to meet a bunch of the CN people I've met, but the only ones I located were Sedat (and it was really nice to meet a non-total stranger!) and Jason B. The only other attendees I had real conversations with were people I just struck up conversations with. I may have bumped into half the CN crowd at the conference or not one. I really don't know.I've been asking myself if I'd go back, and I keep coming back to I could have just bought the AP flattener or that complete set of Brandon eyepieces in a beautiful case if the airline, hotel, and car rental agency hadn't walked off with that cash. As it is, I don't have either, and didn't get to meet my peeps, anyway. -Rich
Quote:Strangely enough, no. Though I did think I had found people and introduced myself to just get a blank look several times. Maybe a CN conference tag/ pin is needed.-Rich
Astrosystems Telekit 10" with F/6 JC Wilkinson mirror
Quote:I don't think Astrolaugh will make NEAF 2013 but I do hope its owner will