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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.

March 28, 2015 - JOA (Communay, France)

Il reste 23 jours avant les JOA 2015
L'association JOA organise une fois par an un marché aux puces d'astronomie, des expositions sur un même site, à COMMUNAY, au sud de Lyon.

Les dates des 16e JOA

Le samedi 28 mars

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

April 25-May 3, 2015 - Festival de l'oiseau et de la nature (Abbeville, France)

Le printemps est une période propice à l’observation des oiseaux c’est pourquoi depuis 1991, chaque année, la Baie de Somme célèbre l’oiseau, son habitant le mieux protégé, à l’occasion du Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature.
Le Festival est une manifestation grand public qui propose des activités pour toute la famille sur une période de 9 jours

May 8-10, 2015 - Rencontres Techniques (Valbonne, France)


Astronomes amateurs, débutants ou confirmés, observateurs du ciel ou simples curieux, les Rencontres de Valbonne vous proposent 3 jours et 2 ou 3 nuits de pratique technique sous forme d'ateliers, de stages ou de démonstrations techniques dans les domaines :
de l'imagerie solaire, de la spectroscopique, de la photométrique, de la photographie astronomique.

Les teliers sont animés et encadrés par des astronomes amateurs, praticiens ou professionnels reconnus, les effectifs sont réduits à une vingtaine de participants par atelier pour vous permettre d'approfondir vraiment le sujet de façon pratique, en salle et sur le terrain, de jour comme de nuit.

Ces rencontres seront ponctuées de conférences réalisées par les astronomes de l'observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, de "capsules" (interventions de 5 minutes) pour présenter une technique, de démonstrations de matériel et bien sûr de temps de repas conviviaux, d'observations sur le terrain, de rencontres.

Un long week-end pour apprendre ou se perfectionner, se rencontrer, tester du matériel et pratiquer.

Ce rassemblement national s'effectue en pension complète, hébergement en chambre double ou individuelle, au sein du Centre International de Valbonne, du 8 mai au 10 mai.
Le CIV se trouve en plein cœur de Sophia Antipolis, dans un environnement privilégié, à deux pas de Cannes et Antibes (15 min), de Nice (20 min) et son aéroport.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant.

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 14-17, 2015 - RAP (Craponne, France)

Les 17èmes RAP auront lieu du 14 au 17 mai 2015, nous espérons aussi vous retrouver à cette nouvelle édition.

Les adhésions aux rap 2015 sont ouvertes depuis le 8 décembre, les 300 premières adhésions seront traitées en priorité.

Le menu adhésion tout en haut du site internet vous permettra d'y accéder directement. Cette année, vous avez la possibilité d'adhérer en ligne, via un formulaire électronique et un virement bancaire. A la suite de votre adhésion, vous recevrez une confirmation. Les menus du verre luisant, notre snack n‘étant pas encore établi nous vous invitons à revisiter notre site ultérieurement.

Nous mettrons régulièrement le site internet à jour : états des adhésions, instruments, propositions d'animations. Si vous disposez d'un compte Facebook, vous pouvez consulter la page Facebook des RAP.

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 29-31, 2015 - Bird Fair (Raimboeuf, France)

Mesdames, Messieurs,

Le Conseil d’Administration a pris la décision d’annuler le 3e festival Birdfair - de l’oiseau au tourisme de nature – initialement prévu du 29 au 31 mai 2015 à Paimbœuf (44). Après avoir fait ce qui était possible pour éviter une telle décision par respect pour les partenaires engagés et l’équipe locale LPO très mobilisée, le Conseil d’Administration de la LPO réuni le 24 Janvier 2015 a considéré que l’équilibre du budget était bien trop incertain à 4 mois de l’événement pour envisager son maintien.

Un groupe de travail va être rapidement mis en place pour étudier les possibilités d’un nouveau rendez-vous en 2016.

L’Assemblée Générale qui devait se tenir à Paimbœuf le 30 Mai, est reportée au samedi 20 juin 2015 au Palais des Congrès de Rochefort (17).

Nous vous remercions pour votre compréhension, et vous prions de croire que nous mettons tout en œuvre pour que de nouveaux temps forts de notre vie associative soient prochainement partagés.

Avec nos sincères salutations.

Virginie Maillot
Directrice du pôle Développement et Vie Associative
LPO France

June 20-21, 2015 - Rencontres Solaires (Serbannes, Paris)

Rencontres des Observateurs Solaires: 20 et 21 Juin 2015 à Serbannes ( Allier).

Cette année encore, les Rencontres des Observateurs Solaires de Serbannes vous offrent la possibilité de tester, de comparer et de s’informer sur les matériels tant manufacturés qu’artisanaux disponibles en France. Comme en 2014, de grandes enseignes astro seront à votre disposition pour des essais matériels et des renseignements.

L'innovations 2014 sera reconduite:
Les ROS ont offert le repas du vendredi soir à une vingtaine de participants fatigués par une longue route ; un franc succès compris pour les étrangers souvent éreintés. Beaucoup profitèrent d’un emplacement pour leur camping-car, leur tente ou plus simplement un lieu couvert pour un lit de camp.
Toujours avec l’appui de la mairie de Serbannes, nous vous donnons rendez-vous pour la quatrième édition les 20 et 21 Juin 2015.

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!

November 5-9, 2015 - Salon de la photo (Paris, France)

WHO VISITS ?


A show in strong growth
With 85,526 visitors in 2013, attendance at the Salon de la Photo was up +6% compared to 2012, which makes 2013 an all-time record in terms of visitor numbers!
To discover new products 84%
To see exhibitions 60%
To try out new products 49%
To meet fellow professionals 43%
To buy equipment 35%


Professional photographers, distributors and resellers equipment users 'pro' and picture professionals, the Salon de la Photo is their appointment
5 days very valuable, where major international brands are present, from shooting to the printing going through the image processing and all accessories, but also the retail village, the bookstore, as well as the new exhibitions where dialogue with professional associations and the entire photo release will be possible.


Photography: a leisure activity within everyone’s reach
The new generation was born with a camera in its hands. Its members live through photography and use photography for their own creative purposes and as a mode of personal expression. They are enthusiastic and eager to learn.
The digital camera has become a widespread tool: 71 % of French people say they own at least one.