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Any interest in a Convention in Norman?
      #5185463 - 04/22/12 09:52 PM

We have talked about putting a one day NEAF like convention in Norman. I know there are plenty of people that can't make the trip to New York and would like to see what manufacturers have to offer as well as great speakers. I am just trying to find out the actual interest in this.

I would always shoot for an October date.

We have a facility here.

The airport is literally 18 minutes away. If you have a private plane of some sort there is a small local airport two minutes away. The facility is attached to a hotel and the whole thing is 1/2 a mile off I-35.

Any interest?


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darkman
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5185522 - 04/22/12 10:27 PM

Count me in.

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5185623 - 04/23/12 12:02 AM

I think it would be great!

One suggestion, though -- if you're looking at an October date and there's a Saturday in the mix, just be sure that Stoops' Troops are playing on the road, or finding lodging could prove interesting.


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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: mish]
      #5185915 - 04/23/12 07:42 AM

Either a bye week or away game. I was hoping for a bye so the locals would still be local and not glued to the tube.

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5185993 - 04/23/12 08:54 AM

I expect you would get major turnout from the astro clubs here in Oklahoma and north Texas. You might also consider an overnight bus trip or caravan out to CRO as part of the event? I expect the OKc club would be pleased to host it.

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5186141 - 04/23/12 10:52 AM

My interest varies with the vacation time I've burned through out the year. But I'd be keen on attending. Certainly closer than NEAF!

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Mike Foreman
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: rboe]
      #5186275 - 04/23/12 12:14 PM

Im there

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Mike Foreman]
      #5186508 - 04/23/12 02:13 PM

Depending on my class schedule, I might not be able to make it. But it would be a good excuse to come visit Mom and, if you schedule it for a bye week, I won't have to suffer through her making me watch the Sooners.

EDIT: Of course, these anecdotal bits don't really help. I'd guess there is enough interest in the area around you to make it worthwhile. It seems like an awful lot of folks in the region are into astronomy.

Edited by bunyon (04/23/12 02:15 PM)


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Bill Barlow
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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5186810 - 04/23/12 05:55 PM

Mike..

I live in the Kansas City area and would probably come down as it is about a 300 mile drive.

Bill


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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Bill Barlow]
      #5186906 - 04/23/12 06:53 PM

It would depend on business if I could make it, but one thing to remember is that the Advanced Imaging Conference is always held in later October or early November.

David


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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5186968 - 04/23/12 07:37 PM

Maybe we can combine the two.

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5187024 - 04/23/12 08:09 PM

What a great idea! An easy drive for me, so count me in.

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: exparrot]
      #5187173 - 04/23/12 10:00 PM

Yeah I might be interested if it weren't in "tornado alley"! So ya' think it would be safer in October?? Mike

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5187314 - 04/23/12 11:42 PM

The season should be over in the next few weeks.

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Astronomics]
      #5187406 - 04/24/12 01:02 AM

I would make every effort to be there. You probably know this better than I do but if you do have the event heavy promotion in the DFW area would likely get a very positive response. Lots of astronomers (and native Okies) in the area who would jump at a mini-NEAF just a few hours drive away.
Clear skies and clean glass,
Mike


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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Unknownastron]
      #5187415 - 04/24/12 01:14 AM

I was going to just post a mem-pic ... just organize it and take my money!

MikeB, great suggestion on the CRO tie-in!


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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: core]
      #5187427 - 04/24/12 01:35 AM

Better there than in NY. I can at least drive there in a reasonable amount of time.

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: Trever]
      #5187792 - 04/24/12 10:12 AM

I would be interested if you could get enough vendors/manufacturers there to have a good turnout (probably a minimum of 40 booths for a startup). However, you should try to land somewhere between NEAF and PATS. As you know, vendors are tight on convention money these days have to pick and choose where they want to go, even the big guys, so being too close to the other two general astro events would hurt the vendor turn out, especially on a new show.

One other thing I would recommend is running the show more like PATS where it is mostly a convension for vendors to show off their wares than NEAF which is more like a giant store on wheels that is dominated by a few large retailers just trying to sell stuff as poeple come in the door and drain them before they even get to the true vendor booths in the back (this can also be addressed by how the booths are organized). I can go to a retail store anytime I want, I can't meet a vendor/manufacturer that often.

Overall, as a vendor I think it would be nice to have something in the middle of the country rather that on both ends.


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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: EFT]
      #5187905 - 04/24/12 11:34 AM

I'd go just to see the new digs!

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Re: Any interest in a Convention in Norman? new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #5187941 - 04/24/12 11:50 AM

Well Oklahoma in the summer is not something I would want to invite most people. We were over 100 for around 50 straight days last year. October is great weather and really fits the best between all the other events IMO.

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