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Where in the world is Celestron? When you want to find us, check here to see what we're up to in the coming months and if we're going to be in your area for a trade show, star party, or other event. Be sure to come out and say hi!


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March 5-8, 2015 - San Diego Birding Festival

Registration will be online on October 1, 2014. You may find it useful to do your planning first by using the Registration Worksheet posted here or in the center of the brochure. Confirmation will be sent automatically at the completion of online registration. If you are unable to register using the website, fill out the worksheet and mail to us with your payment and we will send confirmation back to you.  

There is no festival registration fee for online registrations.  Mailed-in registrations will be charged a $20 fee per registration.  Please e-mail us at  hajj@sandiegoaudubon.org with any questions.

March 12-15, 2015 - NSTA National Conference

The NSTA National Conference will be held in the "Windy City" and this grand event is something you MUST consider for the highlight of your professional development in 2015. Looking for the best practices in K–12 education? We have them, with more than 1,200 sessions covering all subjects and grade bands that you can choose from to fill your daily schedule.

  • 1,200 innovative presentations, sessions, and hands-on workshops;
  • More than 400 exhibits; and
  • Invited speakers, short courses, an all-day NGSS event, educational field trips, and exciting social events.

April 16-17, 2015 - NEIAC

Imagine!
In the past ten years, NEAIC has grown in both size and stature, becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated astronomical imaging conferences in the United States.

Devoted to all aspects of Astronomical Imaging, this two-day event hosts leaders and acknowledged experts in extra solar planets, variable star, minor planets, asteroids, comets, and supernova research with the intention of fostering pro-am collaborations.

With attendance expected to be nearly 200, you will be very busy both days networking and learning from both amateur, semi-pro, and professional astronomers. 

April 18-19, 2015 - NEAF

World’s Largest Astronomy Expo
Bringing you the Universe in two exciting event-packed days, NEAF is renowned worldwide as the ultimate astronomy experience. Nowhere 
else can you find so much in one place or at one time.

2015 Confirmed Speakers

• Chris Ferguson, Commander of NASA's final 
   Space Shuttle Mission; head of Boeing's 
   new Commercial Space Capsule project
• Marc Rayman, Chief Engineer for the 
   NASA/JPL Dawn Mission to Vesta & Ceres

May 8-17, 2015 - Biggest Week in American Birding

Organized and hosted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory, The “Biggest Week" is a 10-day festival featuring some of the best birding North America has to offer. If you are anywhere else in the world in mid-May, you are in the wrong place. Think about it: A 10-day birding event featuring workshops, guided birding activities, half-day birding bus tours, keynote speakers, and more. Among the myriad of events offered during the festival are workshops, Woodcock Extravaganzas to observe the extraordinary displays of these woodland shorebirds, daily walks at the world famous Magee Marsh boardwalk and other area birding hotspots, evening keynote presentations, birding by ear workshops, and presentations on world birding. On top of all of that, birding guru Kenn Kaufman will be teaching several bird identification classes! 

May 10-17, 2015 - Texas Star Party

The TSP schedule is arranged with the astronomer in mind, with nothing scheduled in the mornings. But there are lots of unscheduled activities as well, including items of interest for your spouse and children!

May 27-31, 2015 - World Science Festival

In just eight years, the World Science Festival has become a can't-miss-it New York City cultural event, sparking curiosity in every corner of every borough. The Festival returns this year at the end of May, when hundreds of thousands will gather for a glorious five-day celebration of science. The 2015 Festival will feature more than fifty engaging events of all types, including mainstage programs and intimate salons where the world's top scientists discuss big ideas, a special series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, youth and family offerings like Cool Jobs and apprenticeships, and perennial favorites like Stargazing and the Flame Challenge, in which scientists attempt to answer big questions for an audience of eleven-year-olds. (This year's challenge is: "What is sleep?") It all culminates in the Ultimate Science Street Fair, an outdoor extravaganza taking over Washington Square Park on Sunday, May 31. Many more details to follow. If you're new and want to catch the flavor of the Festival, watch the video below, or check out the programs from last spring's 2014 Festival. To keep up to date with Festival news and for detailed program information as soon as it's available, sign up for our newsletter.

July 6-11, 2015 - ALCON

Conventions of the Astronomical League

Astronomical League conventions provide an opportunity for amateur astronomers all over the country to gather together to learn and exchange ideas, techniques, and opnions on astronomy. All of our conventions provide professional astronomers to address the attendees about their field of expertise. This allows the amateur to learn about the latest discoveries in astronomy directly from the astronomers making the discoveries.

Our national conventions, called ALCons (Astronomical League CONventionS) usually take place over a four-day period starting on Wednesday and ending in an awards banquet on Saturday. There are lectures scheduled throughout the event for those interested in astronomy from the beginner to the advanced amateur. There are often parts of the schedule that are geared specifically for the general public. Please check the various convention pages for further information.

The ALCons often include tours to astronomical facilities located near the convention site. We frequently visit local observatories, university facilities, NASA centers, and many other astronomically-related sites. ALCon attendees have visted the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA), the Meteorite Lab at Washington University (St. Louis, MO), Mt. Evans Observatory (the highest in the world, Copper Mountain, CO), Dearborn Observatory (Evanston, IL), Kitt Peak (Tucson, AZ), Yerkes Observatory (Williams Bay, WI) , Linda Hall Library (antique astronomy books, including William Herschel's journal documenting the discovery of Uranus, Kansas City, MO) and many, many more. Most of these tours were specially designed for amateur astronomers.

Observing in the evening is usually available whether you bring your own telescope or use someone else's telescope. You can observe all night if you want, but you will probably sleep through the morning papers sessions!

We also try to schedule our ALCons where there will be activities for the non-astronomers in the family. There are frequently tours scheduled to attractions for the non-astronomer. With the ALCon staring on Wednesday, there is plenty of time to visit nearby places of interest before coming to the convention, or you can just relax and enjoy the local accomodations

We hope to see you at our next ALCon! It will be fun and informative!