What the hell's a NEAF?
Well, NEAF stands for "North Eastern Astronomical Forum". It is a 2 day event held in Suffern, NY. There are about 120 vendors, workshops, and guest speakers on all kinds of subjects relating to astronomy and space. Attendance is around 4-5 thousand people.
I also learned how to grind my own telescope mirror!
In addition, there is am additional 2 day event leading up to NEAF that focuses exclusively on Astrophotography. These 2 days are filled with workshops given by the "top guns" in the field. I of course attended this as well! It was a great experience and got me really excited. These workshops were limited to only 120 people and quickly sold out.
Kim went with me, but spend most of her time in Manhattan. We both went into the city for a couple of days after the conference and visited are pals Bob and Marianne. Then Kim and I saw "November" with Nathan Lane (my first Broadway show). It was a hoot.
So what did I take away from my first NEAF experience? Well, besides LOTS of info, I also took away a new telescope and mount! More on that next time...