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MartinC
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RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014
      #6385922 - 02/20/14 01:17 AM

RTMC Astronomy Expo is planned for Memorial Day weekend this year, May 22 to 26. We have some great speakers lined up, along with our annual imaging workshop. We are planning to expand the Swap Meet, and continue the Beginners' Workshop with its star party and presentations. We are determined to make this year's RTMC a better experience for both our participants and our vendors. We are also linking up with the new Starlight Festival in Big Bear City, so that visitors can enjoy both events. Saturday night will feature a special star party to honor the late John Dobson. I will provide new info as news develops, and will do my best to answer your questions. We are optimistic about RTMC 2014 and hope you'll join us.

Martin Carey (New RTMC Board member as of July)


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Darren Bly
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: MartinC]
      #6389520 - 02/21/14 09:16 PM

I plan to be there.....as normal. It's just what I do Memorial Day weekend!

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MartinC
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Reged: 01/30/14

Loc: Grand Terrace, CA
Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Darren Bly]
      #6390880 - 02/22/14 05:05 PM

Excellent Darren. That's how I think too.

Martin C


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Photobud
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: MartinC]
      #6394669 - 02/24/14 05:35 PM

For newer folks (and older folks with poor memories), it helps to use the full name and location for posts like these.

Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC)
Camp Oakes, a YMCA camp near Big Bear City. Located 50 miles northeast of Riverside in the San Bernardino mountains


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Vondragonnoggin
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Photobud]
      #6394670 - 02/24/14 05:37 PM

That's too close to home to miss. Unless I have an emergency come up, I'll be there this year.

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MartinC
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Reged: 01/30/14

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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Photobud]
      #6395024 - 02/24/14 08:55 PM

Yes Photobud, a better description is needed. The Riverside Telescope Makers' Conference and Astronomy Expo has drawn together telescope enthusiasts since the late 1960's, still held on Memorial Day weekend. For much more information, here is the link: http://www.rtmcastronomyexpo.org/general.html

MartinC

Edited by MartinC (02/24/14 09:28 PM)


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mtblodgett
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: MartinC]
      #6462193 - 04/12/14 02:06 PM

The RTMC was a real disappointment the past several years. Major vendors didn't even show up. I hope it gets back to what it was in the early and mid-2000s

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GilATM
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: mtblodgett]
      #6480561 - 04/22/14 05:17 AM

My son Ian and I will be coming up this year - but are a bit cautious. Fewer vendors - fewer telescopes. Is the new Starlight festival going to bleed off venders? It is a bit of a mystery by itself - a science lecture series in Big Bear??? I don't get the connection.

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Censustaker
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Reged: 03/26/14

Loc: Walnut, CA
Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: GilATM]
      #6491124 - 04/27/14 01:17 AM

Booked a room for my daughter and I for starlight. Is the saturday star party be for both events? If so, where? The website doesnt have a ton of info right now

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Bob Moore
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Censustaker]
      #6491758 - 04/27/14 12:45 PM

GilATM , take a look at this link and I think you will understand the science conection with Big Bear.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bear_Solar_Observatory

Edited by Bob Moore (04/27/14 12:46 PM)


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Matthew Ota
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Reged: 04/30/05

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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Bob Moore]
      #6503327 - 05/02/14 10:48 PM

Information on the Starlight Festival can be found here:

http://starlightfestival.com/


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Rich56
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Matthew Ota]
      #6504513 - 05/03/14 05:11 PM

Any word as to whether the guy with the 70" scope (April 2014 Sky & Telescope)is going to make it? He said in the magazine he was going to try.

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seryddwr
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Rich56]
      #6505207 - 05/04/14 01:24 AM

Ask Chuck Hards. He frequents the ATM and Classics fora.

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MartinC
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Reged: 01/30/14

Loc: Grand Terrace, CA
Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: GilATM]
      #6513214 - 05/08/14 01:06 AM

RTMC is coming back, and we intend that the Starlight Festival and RTMC will be complementary to each other. The SLF is geared more to the beginner crowd, as their website says, while at RTMC-Astronomy Expo, we attract the serious amateur. We are also encouraged by the fact that right now, both our visitor and vendor registrations are ahead of what they were this same date last year. And as for Mike Clements and his amazing 70" dobsonian, we would love for him to come to RTMC-AE. I'd make sure he had help setting up. It's time the world saw that scope close up. Maybe some of you can help me persuade him.

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Alex McConahay
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Reged: 08/11/08

Loc: Moreno Valley, CA
Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: MartinC]
      #6514572 - 05/08/14 07:17 PM

I'm already getting the RV ready. And I have had a few buddies contacting me to get some details.

I plan to go to both events. Hope to see you all there.

Alex


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Censustaker
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Reged: 03/26/14

Loc: Walnut, CA
Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Alex McConahay]
      #6519903 - 05/11/14 07:45 PM

My daughter and I are spending one night at starlight and one night at RTMC... can't wait!


Jon.


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sidewalkastro
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Censustaker]
      #6525141 - 05/14/14 02:45 PM

If you are attending RTMC and Starlight and are interested in doing some sidewalk observing in the village, please stop by the Sidewalk Astronomers booth. We are building and donating an 8" dobsonian telescope to one of the volunteers at RTMC or Starlight and we can use as many telescopes as possible in the village. You can also contact me at sidewalkastronomers@earthlink.net

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Censustaker
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Reged: 03/26/14

Loc: Walnut, CA
Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: sidewalkastro]
      #6526004 - 05/14/14 11:59 PM

I'm dropping the seats and loading the xt8 in my xb!

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dbx
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Loc: CA
Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 new [Re: Censustaker]
      #6534170 - 05/19/14 01:23 PM

My intention is to go on the 22nd to the RTMC, stay that night and the next, and then try the starlight festival on the 25th. I'll see what happens

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MallBoy
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Re: RTMC Astronomy Expo 2014 [Re: dbx]
      #6534307 - 05/19/14 02:51 PM

Just a little concerned when I see so few sponsors listed on the RTMC page...

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