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Napersky
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NEAF anyone
      #5064093 - 02/09/12 04:14 PM

I just made my reservations at the Crown Plaza.
Lets see if we can get a list here of those going.


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pbealo
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Napersky]
      #5065130 - 02/10/12 09:29 AM

I'll be there for my 1st time. Hopefully exhibiting a piece or 2 at the CN Classic telescopes booth.

Where should I stay gang?!?!


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Pinbout
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: pbealo]
      #5067216 - 02/11/12 01:00 PM

I work 5min from RCC, I would suggest, courtyard marriot in montvale. Its not that far plus fire and oak is in the front of the hotel.

They have the best crab cakes, their baby back ribs are to die for.

also in sufferin there's Marcello's Ristorante that have lamb chops that you can O.D. on, the meat just comes right off the bone. yummy


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Awesomelenny
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5069474 - 02/12/12 07:31 PM

Yup, I will be there too. My 3rd trip with my buddies John C, Dave J, and Fred H.

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DaveJ
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Awesomelenny]
      #5069506 - 02/12/12 08:00 PM

Quote:

Yup, I will be there too. My 3rd trip with my buddies John C, Dave J, and Fred H.




Uh, Awesomelenny...it will be your FOURTH trip with our gang.


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peleuba
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Napersky]
      #5070631 - 02/13/12 02:41 PM

Quote:

I just made my reservations at the Crown Plaza.
Lets see if we can get a list here of those going.




I am staying at the Marriott Courtyard Mahwah, NJ. I will be working in the Mag1 Instruments (Portaball) booth.


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Awesomelenny
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5071128 - 02/13/12 08:11 PM

Dang, you're right. I am losing it! Wow 4th time now huh??

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tpm
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Awesomelenny]
      #5078218 - 02/18/12 09:28 AM

This is my first neaf, will be driving from WI. Does anyone know if overnight RV parking is permitted in the parking lot?

Tom


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Rusty
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: tpm]
      #5079382 - 02/19/12 12:01 AM

Yes, it is. Entering the campus (From College Road), turn right at the stop sign. Follow that road all the way around to the back. The west parking lot is huge and there's plenty of room. You'll be dry camping, so empty the waste tanks and top off on water and propane. Generators are OK.

This is my 5th, and I stayed there the 1st 2 years (when NEAIC was on campus).


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tpm
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Rusty]
      #5079749 - 02/19/12 08:46 AM

Thank you Rusty........I feel better now!!
Tom


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Rusty
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: tpm]
      #5082988 - 02/21/12 12:05 AM

BTW, if your GPS routes you onto Spook Rock Road, decline the invitation. Get off the NYTW (I-87) at exit 148. Stay in the center lane (the right disappears just north of the interchange). Airmont Road becomes Highview after the curve. Stay on it to the traffic light at College Road.

I also recommend picking up I-80 to I-287, avoiding NYTW tolls if you were to come in from the north. Exit 148 (Airmont Rd) is the 1st exit after the merge with I-87.


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Scott in NC
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Rusty]
      #5102672 - 03/03/12 12:35 PM

Just made my Crowne Plaza reservations! My wife and son want to go on a side trip to NYC, so we're trying to work those arrangements out now. The concierge at Crowne Plaza told us there's a train station in Suffern from which we can book a ride to Manhattan, but I was wondering if anyone else had any other recommendations. I'll be driving, but am not sure if I really want to take my car into NYC.

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Gone caving
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: tpm]
      #5111885 - 03/08/12 03:21 PM

Yes Overnight is fine, Please park your Rv in the rear parking lot! Follow the vendor signs. You will see other R.V, and trucks. Alan

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Cotts
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Napersky]
      #5112301 - 03/08/12 07:09 PM

Coming from Toronto (me) and Belleville ON (Greg L. and Don T.).

At this point we have one bed empty in the two rooms we have for three nights (we go to NYC for Galleries/Museums on the Sunday and leave for home Monday am).

Any one desperate for a place to stay - let me know.....

Dave


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Scott in NC
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Cotts]
      #5112565 - 03/08/12 10:31 PM

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...we go to NYC for Galleries/Museums on the Sunday...




Hi Dave. Just curious, if you don't mind my asking: How are you getting to NYC (driving, or taking a train, taxi, etc. from Suffern)? My wife, son, and I will staying in Suffern but plan to spend Sunday in NYC, and are still trying to figure out the best way to get there.


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Cotts
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5113022 - 03/09/12 08:51 AM

Last year there were 6 of us so we drove in my van. Parking near the Museum of Nat. History was almost $60!! Splitting it 6 ways made sense. This year we are only 3 or 4 and may take the train. We know nothing of the cost of the train, though....
Dave


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Scott in NC
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Cotts]
      #5113496 - 03/09/12 01:26 PM

Thanks, Dave! I had no idea parking would be so expensive, although the train is not exactly cheap either ($12.75 one way from Suffern Station to NYC Penn Station, and the trip takes about 1 hr. 15 min. (but at least you don't have to hunt for a place to park)).

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Dave Mitsky
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Napersky]
      #5119563 - 03/13/12 02:51 AM

I'll be attending my 18th NEAF this year. How time flies!

Dave Mitsky


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gladestar
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5121155 - 03/13/12 11:25 PM

I will be attending my first this year with a friend.

Stewart


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galaxyman
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5121772 - 03/14/12 11:59 AM

Have been to all of them, and will be again this year (Saturday only).

Karl
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Telekit (Swayze optics) 22" F/4.5 Dob
Homemade (Parks Optics) 12.5" F/4.8 Dob
TMB/APM 8" f/9 Refractor”The Beast”. One great DEEP SKY achro
ES 6" f/6.5 achro. Good one
Celestron Omni XLT 102 refractor.
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turk123
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: galaxyman]
      #5137222 - 03/23/12 01:57 PM

This will be my second neaf. This year I am taking advantage of the imaging conference and will be at the Crown plaza for four days. Should be fun!

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mrturtle
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: turk123]
      #5141227 - 03/25/12 09:15 PM

This year will only be my second.

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Napersky
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: mrturtle]
      #5153523 - 04/02/12 04:33 PM

Great!

Looking forward to meeting so many folks.
Hey Peter I hope you booked the Crown Plaza!


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Illinois
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Napersky]
      #5154366 - 04/03/12 09:26 AM

This will be my first time and will stay at my sister in New Jersey and drive 1 and half hour to NEAF! Cant wait to go there!

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hfjacinto
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: galaxyman]
      #5154844 - 04/03/12 02:52 PM

I will be up, this will be my 4th trip up. Kids are coming along again. Since I live in NJ, its only a 45 minute drive for me.

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bierbelly
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #5166831 - 04/11/12 12:34 PM

I have taken the leap and will be attending my first NEAF, staying at the Crowne Plaza.

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gillmj24
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Rusty]
      #5167565 - 04/11/12 08:48 PM

Quote:

BTW, if your GPS routes you onto Spook Rock Road, decline the invitation. Get off the NYTW (I-87) at exit 148. Stay in the center lane (the right disappears just north of the interchange). Airmont Road becomes Highview after the curve. Stay on it to the traffic light at College Road.

I also recommend picking up I-80 to I-287, avoiding NYTW tolls if you were to come in from the north. Exit 148 (Airmont Rd) is the 1st exit after the merge with I-87.





You meant 14 B as in boy. Not 148 the exits don't go that high. There is a 14A and a 14 B exit. NY hasn't gone to mile-based exit numbers since highways in the NYC area have an exit:mile ratio >1

I80 is west to east so I think you meant coming from the west not from the north? Other than those two errors you gave good directions/tips


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Rusty
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5167850 - 04/12/12 12:48 AM

Quote:

I have taken the leap and will be attending my first NEAF, staying at the Crowne Plaza.




Been a long time! You'll see my Barth motorhome in the parking lot.


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bierbelly
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Rusty]
      #5168017 - 04/12/12 07:49 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I have taken the leap and will be attending my first NEAF, staying at the Crowne Plaza.




Been a long time! You'll see my Barth motorhome in the parking lot.




Indeed it has. I presume you'll have the dogs along?


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StephAdministrator
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5168747 - 04/12/12 03:09 PM

Rusty *always* has the dogs along....who do you think does the driving??

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Rusty
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Steph]
      #5169566 - 04/13/12 12:55 AM

I'll have two dogs; Casey will be there, but Maggie died in '10, and Nelson has come aboard.

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Gardner
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Rusty]
      #5185551 - 04/22/12 10:49 PM

5th or 6th time going. Last year I stayed at the Crowne Plaza with a friend but we're doing the day trip thing this year again. I think about 12-15 folks from our club are going.

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Jeff55
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Gardner]
      #5191331 - 04/26/12 09:45 AM

As we all know...Boston MA is the center of the known universe (followed by Silicon Valley...although I'm told the country is slightly tilted so all the lose screws roll west)...so...I was wondering how many Bostonians make the trek to Suffern, NY...I think we're a fairly large group so wondered if others from our proud state could check in so I can get an idea how large we truly are...BTW this mis my 4th NEAF and get so excited I get that kid in the candy store feeling...there are NO telescope stores in Massachusetts (at least that I'm aware).

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bierbelly
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Jeff55]
      #5191428 - 04/26/12 10:46 AM

Quote:

As we all know...Boston MA is the center of the known universe (followed by Silicon Valley...although I'm told the country is slightly tilted so all the lose screws roll west)...so...I was wondering how many Bostonians make the trek to Suffern, NY...I think we're a fairly large group so wondered if others from our proud state could check in so I can get an idea how large we truly are...BTW this mis my 4th NEAF and get so excited I get that kid in the candy store feeling...there are NO telescope stores in Massachusetts (at least that I'm aware).




Not for hockey, eh? LETS GO CAPS!!!


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George N
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5191493 - 04/26/12 11:24 AM

I’m going – I think I’ve missed NEAF about 3 times since it started.

This year I’m going on Friday to help set up the Kopernik Observatory booth and will be staying the whole weekend. However, I’m just “widow shopping” this year, since I’ve declared 2012 as “a no new astro-gear year”….. other than some stuff they don’t sell at NEAF, like a tripod ladder with double steps for my 20-inch Dob.


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kreegan99
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: George N]
      #5193617 - 04/27/12 03:36 PM

I'll be there too George, and I will let you help me buy some stuff. Good luck with the setup today, and can't wait to get down there myself! Of course I'll be looking at big binos this year, along with a mount for them. Not sure how big yet. Hopefully I won't need a ladder to use them

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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: kreegan99]
      #5195200 - 04/28/12 03:47 PM

I am here as well. Almost ordered a TSA 102S but held myself back as I have my eye on a used one. I will probably buy a Vixen Polarie.

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Awesomelenny
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: stmifx]
      #5195284 - 04/28/12 04:55 PM

Can we chat somehow while you're on cam? Also is there going to b a walk thru???

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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Awesomelenny]
      #5195408 - 04/28/12 06:52 PM

Lenny, The chat is available, but I don't believe they are going to be able to do any walk throughs because of some internet (I believe) issues.

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Rusty
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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Dob Frog]
      #5195461 - 04/28/12 07:37 PM

Someone came through with a mobile hotspot, so the webcast could go on. The walkabout problem is that Mike Loffland's laptop is not charging his battery, and none of ours has an IEEE 1394 input, necessary for the videocam.

The chat is somewhat abbreviated, as only one laptop is connected; usually we have 2 or 3, so it's a conspiracy, er, "collaboration".

Normally, we get questions that send me walking the floor to answer; today, none.

Anyway, some of the New Product highlights are:

Televue's autofocuser

Stellarvue's 50mm doublet APO. I think Vic did this on a dare, but this little guy ISN'T a joke - one doesn't make a helical-cut R&P focuser to make mirth. It's a miniature, crafted with the same skill and passion that Vic is known for.

Celestron's 10+mp OSC Nightscape CCD camera* and the miniature standalone autoguider. Noteworthy (IMHO) at Celestron is that Dan Mounsey ("Doctor D" of Woodland Hills fame), whose opinions and advice I truly respect, has joined the company.

Meade: Every item Meade brought is brand new (with the exception of the solar scopes). The LX80* is a "tower" mount, superficially resembling iOptron's, but packing in many more (and surprising!) features (Can your alt-az mount also do EQ?) The LX600 fork mount is available in several sizes.

(Here the author succumbs to visitors at STARV II, and will continue later...)

Later (1:25AM 4/29) the thread picks up...The Meade LX800 EQ mount. Both the LX600 and LX800 feature the StarLock (tm) equipment. This includes both a wide-angle (for alignment) and narrow-angle (for autoguiding) chip with appropriate optics. The pair promises a new dimension in alignment and imaging. The LX800 has a couple of features I like; The Starlock and the correction of a quibble many of us ave with the tripod. The LX800 has 2 leg lock screws on each leg. Further, its claim of 1 arcsec tracking accuracy is attention-getting.

The Meade optics, I was told, were also new, but distracted by the new mount features, I didn't get into that.

iOptron had its existing mounts, but what coaught my eye (yanked in its direction by the legendary imager Tony Hallas) was the new i30 EQ mount*. This unassuming 20-25 lb capacity mount has incorporated, I'm told, the lessons learned from comments rendered by users of its prior mounts. It's fully autoguider-capable at the mount-level (not through the hand controller), and seems to be an imaging-capable mount of extraordinarily compact size.

* These three items are initial contestants for my modest selections for Best of NEAF 2012. But as Scarlett said, "Tomorrow's another day," and I have more patrolling to do...Korean mounts and OTAs, anyone?


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Re: NEAF anyone new [Re: Jeff55]
      #5245030 - 05/29/12 01:38 AM

Quote:

As we all know...Boston MA is the center of the known universe (followed by Silicon Valley...although I'm told the country is slightly tilted so all the lose screws roll west).






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