The 48th RTMC Astronomy Expo is coming on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-30. We’ve been meeting at Camp Oakes in Big Bear, California since 1975. This year our theme is “Fun With Our Sun,” featuring keynote speaker and solar astronomer, Tamitha Skov of SpaceWeather.tv. Dr. Skov is an engaging speaker and active solar astronomer that you will enjoy. We’ll have plenty of safe solar observing during the day along with nightly star parties on both upper and lower fields. Our vendors with bring the latest astronomy goodies. By popular demand, we’re bringing back the “big tent” for the vendors. At the swap meet on Saturday and Sunday, see what treasures others have brought to sell.
We’ll have our astrophoto workshop along with an astro-imaging exhibition, merit awards for telescope-making, and a fun-filled Beginners’ Corner with talks and activities designed for new astronomers. There will also be activities for families with children. If fact, this year we wanted to make it easier for kids and college students, so all kids up to age 17 enter for free, and adult students showing ID will get a day pass for half price.
The planets are on display this May, with Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars at its closest approach coming right on time for RTMC. Guaranteed, there will be some amazing telescopes of all types and sizes to look through. Bring your own telescope and join the party. If your telescope frustrates you, we’ll have a “Telescope Urgent Care” booth with someone there to assist. We hope you will come join us!
President, RTMC Astronomy Expo