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#1 Eagle Butte Observatory

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 06:11 PM

I already have hotel and airline tickets for this year's NEAF  Conference and their website said tickets will be available at the end of the year...its mid January and still can't buy tickets!  For those who have been before, can tickets be bought at the door?  Is there ever a possibility they sell out and tickets would not be available at the door?  How do I get my tickets so I can stop worrying (I don't like details that are not taken care of)...  thank you in advance to any and all who respond to my query!


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Posted 16 January 2019 - 06:17 PM

I already have hotel and airline tickets for this year's NEAF  Conference and their website said tickets will be available at the end of the year...its mid January and still can't buy tickets!  For those who have been before, can tickets be bought at the door?  Is there ever a possibility they sell out and tickets would not be available at the door?  How do I get my tickets so I can stop worrying (I don't like details that are not taken care of)...  thank you in advance to any and all who respond to my query!

Tickets for NEAF are available at the door, and they never "sell out" so that isn't a problem.  Depending on what time you get there, you may just have to spend more time in line than if you pre-ordered.

 

They usually don't have online sales going until late January/early Februrary - don't know who's idea it was to say "by the end of the year".  The only time I think you could get them that early was before internet sales, you had to mail in your ticket order.


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#3 Eagle Butte Observatory

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:51 PM

Thanks for the update!



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:58 PM

Eagle Butte Observatory are you aware of the NEIAC conference on Thurs & Fri preceeding NEAF, since you are travelling so far? I went last year and enjoyed it immensely..

 

http://www.rocklanda....com/neaic.html


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:11 AM

Hi ,guys , are these shows and conferences open to the regular public ( not vendors or affiliated personel) ? and if so ,can somebody provide a date ,i would love to assist ,thank you 



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Posted 23 January 2019 - 10:54 PM

>>>>>> are these shows and conferences open to the regular public ( not vendors or affiliated personel) ? and if so ,can somebody provide a date ,i would love to assist ,thank you

 

Yes, anybody can attend NEAF, and the imaging conference that precedes it, NEAIC. 

 

See 

 http://www.rocklanda...y.com/neaf.html

 

for details. 

 

I do not know what you mean by " i would love to assist."

 

Perhaps you can find a link to the organizers on the web page if you would like to volunteer to do something. 

 

But, yes, anybody who buys a ticket can attend NEAF......

 

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 08:18 PM

I had heard of the NEIAC Conference but was not aware of its dates being before NEAF!  I was thinking it was an evening session that was part of NEAF that I could attend later in the day.  I will miss it this year as I am booked to speak at two elementary schools in PA the Thursday and Friday before.  Oh well, there is next year and I hope to make this an annual event.



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Posted 29 January 2019 - 04:17 PM

Wow. January and everybody is talkin' NEAF already! Shows how far gone most of us are when it comes to astronomy. LOL! Lookin' forward to more yakking!

 

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 05:33 PM

Wow. January and everybody is talkin' NEAF already! Shows how far gone most of us are when it comes to astronomy. LOL! Lookin' forward to more yakking!

 

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It's early this year.... so need to start talking about it early! cool.gif 



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Posted 30 January 2019 - 08:06 PM

 can get your tickets for NEAF here https://rockland-ast...ollections/neaf and NEAIC here https://rockland-astronomy-club.myshopify.com/collections/neaic-registration.



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Posted 31 January 2019 - 12:48 PM

The NEAF ticket purchase link is still not available at that link. It says to check back at the end of the year. When will it be active?

 

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 01:50 PM

i was just told it's opening Monday


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#13 Bob Moore

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 08:33 PM

I received this email today from the top dog at NEAF

 

" Hi Bob,

NEAF on line ticket sales open tonight at 8pm. Can you please pass this around on CN and other social outlets you use.
Thanks so much."



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Posted 02 February 2019 - 08:00 PM

For those who have attended previous NEAF events, how big is it? Like in terms of attendance and number of vendors?



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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:43 PM

For those who have attended previous NEAF events, how big is it? Like in terms of attendance and number of vendors?

attendance? 5K over the two days, Vendors?;

 

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:07 PM

For those who have attended previous NEAF events, how big is it? Like in terms of attendance and number of vendors?

NEAF is about more than just "vendors" (altho the big draw) and meeting new and old friends for a pleasant weekend (fun too).

 

"Exhibitors" come in several varieties -

 

--big makers like Celestron or Explore Scientific - who will have all their stuff on display, with 'company reps' to discuss their stuff - but they don't sell anything. They may well be showing proto-types or new items.

 

--smaller makers and start-ups - like the home dome guys.... who may, or may not, be selling stuff.

 

--book companies - probably selling at a discount.

 

--magazines - US and UK - often handing out the latest issue for free - and selling other publications, etc.

 

--"store" type vendors - will be offering a lot of merchandise (expect discounts - but no guarantees of a discount). If you plan on purchase of a specific item - call them and they will probably bring one and hold it for you.

 

--organizations/clubs/public observatories -- like the IDA, Stellafane, etc -- describing their organization. -- some offer discounted membership

 

You will be treated to near endless presentations on a world-class level - by both pro's and am's - covering the latest in the science of astronomy, pro/am cooperation, and 'backyard observing". Plan on spending half your time sitting and listening.

 

If we are lucky enough to have a clear day or two.... expect one of the best collections of solar observing and imaging equipment on the planet - and expect to spend at least an hour outside at the 'solar star party'. If not clear - the same folks will be offering great advice inside the building.

It is easy to use up a good two days at NEAF -- and spend a couple of nice evenings "socializing" with other astronomers, company reps, etc -- if you get to the 'right' hotel lobby. 


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Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:56 PM

It's been over 20 yrs since I was in that area. I went to school there and lived 15 min away. Kinda wish I could visit and spend all my $ feeling like a kid in a candy store...

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 08:50 PM

Will there be a vendor list coming in the near future? In the past it was updated as vendors signed up.

 

Clear skies, 



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Posted 06 February 2019 - 10:29 PM

Will there be a vendor list coming in the near future? In the past it was updated as vendors signed up.

 

Clear skies, 

 

this years list is posted above


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 02:27 PM

I buy my tickets at the door but I believe they are a little cheaper pre-sale and for the two day pass.
https://youtu.be/FO3Yaovn6DM

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:59 PM

https://rockland-ast...ollections/neaf

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 02:46 PM

Can’t make it? Let me know and I’ll do a YouTube for ya


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 05:11 PM

For those who have attended previous NEAF events, how big is it? Like in terms of attendance and number of vendors?

Big enough that you will be tired and broke before the event is done. grin.gif

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:47 PM

Big enough that you will be tired and broke before the event is done. grin.gif

**** - my wife is in that picture.  She's in the lower right corner, sitting in a chair with a book in her lap, talking to a woman to her left who is leaning on the handle of a roll-about case.  That's usually what happens - we get to NEAF, she'll walk around with me for the first hour just to be sure I don't do any stupid impulse buying, then she finds a place to sit and read for the rest of the day.  The only rule is that I have to stop by every so often just to let her know what I've bought - or am about to buy.


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Posted 16 March 2019 - 03:21 PM

Getting closer every day!  This is better than either being a kid in a candy store or a kid waiting to go to Disneyland!  I have saved up a certain amount and will try really hard to stay on budget.  Still paying for the equipment that went into my observatory (not to mention the observatory itself)!! 


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