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Upcoming Events

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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April 16-17, 2015 - NEIAC

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

Celestron is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF). Join us at our booth for the world's largest astronomy expo, or visit us in the Celestron Theater as we present Astroimager Christopher Go. Go will be highlighting how to get started with planetary imaging, in an exciting program you won't want to miss!

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

Spring is a time for bird watching that is why since 1991 , every year the famous Bay of Somme the bird, his best protected capita at the Bird Festival and Nature . The Festival is a public event which offers activities for the whole family over a period of 9 days


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


Astronomers amateurs, beginners or advanced, sky watchers or just curious, the Valbonne Meetings offer 3 days and 2 or 3 nights of technical practice through workshops, internships or technical demonstrations in the fields: solar imaging, spectroscopic, photometric, of astronomical photography.

The WORKSHOPS are led and supervised by amateur astronomers, practitioners or professionals recognized, the number is reduced to twenty participants per workshop to allow you to really deepen the subject in a practical way in the classroom and on the field, day by night.

These meetings will be punctuated conferences conducted by the astronomers of the Observatory of the Côte d'Azur, the "capsules" (5 minutes interventions) to present a technique, equipment demonstrations and of course time convivial meals, d 'field observations, meetings.

A long weekend to learn or improve, meet, test equipment and practice.

This national gathering is done with full board, accommodation in double or single room within the Centre International de Valbonne, from May 8 to May 10 The VIC is located in the heart of Sophia Antipolis, in a privileged environment, close to Cannes and Antibes (15 min), Nice (20 min) and its airport.

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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. Celestron is excited to be a Warbler Level Sponsor of this year's festival. Be sure to visit our booth to see our newest sport optics releases and for your chance to win a pair of Trailseeker binoculars!

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

The 17th RAP will take place from May 14 to 17, 2015 , we also hope to see you in this new edition.

2015 rap memberships are open since December 8 , the first 300 memberships will be given priority. 

The high adhesion while menu of the website will allow you to access them directly. This year you have the opportunity to join online via an electronic form and bank transfer. After your membership, you will receive confirmation . Menus gleaming glass, this snack is not yet established we invite you to revisit our site later.

We will regularly update the website : states memberships , instruments, entertainment proposals. If you have a Facebook account , you can visit the Facebook page of HBP.

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)

Ladies And Gentlemen,

The Board of Directors has decided to cancel the festival Birdfair third - the bird in nature tourism - originally scheduled for May 29 to 31, 2015 at Paimbœuf (44). After what was possible to avoid such a decision out of respect for committed partners and the local team mobilized very LPO, the Board of Directors of the LPO met January 24, 2015 held that a balanced budget was well too uncertain to 4 months of the event to consider keeping it.

A working group will be quickly set up to explore the possibilities of a new appointment in 2016. 

The Annual General Meeting to be held in Paimbœuf May 30, is postponed to Saturday, June 20, 2015 in the Congress Hall of Rochefort (17). 

Thank you for your understanding and please believe that we strive for new highlights of our community life are soon shared. 


Virginia Maillot

Development division's director and Community Life

LPO France

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.

June 17-20, 2015 - Bryce Canyon NP Astronomy Festival


Join us for our 15th Annual Astronomy Festival (June 17 - 20, 2015) with Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers and the Salt Lake Astronomical Society. Details and Keynote speaker will be announced soon. 

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

Dating Solar Observers: 20 and June 21, 2015 at Serbannes (Allier).

This year, the Meetings of Solar Observers Serbannes offer you the opportunity to test, compare and learn the material as manufactured qu'artisanaux available in France. As in 2014, large astro signs will be available for material testing and information.

The innovations will be repeated in 2014: ROS offered meals from Friday evening about twenty participants tired from a long road; a success even for foreigners often exhausted . Many took advantage of a site for their camper, a tent or simply a covered place for a camp bed. Always with the support of the municipality of Serbannes, we give you an appointment for the fourth edition on 20 and 21 June 2015.

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!

July 17-19, 2015 - Badlands Astronomy Festival

The 2015 Badlands Astronomy Festival will bring together space science professionals, amateur astronomers, educators, youth groups, South Dakota residents and visitors for a "stellar experience". Join us July 17th-19th to celebrate the beauty of a dark night sky and the wonder of space exploration. Novices and experts alike will enjoy daily family-friendly activities and evening presentations with special guest speakers. Nightly telescope viewing will be sponsored by the NPS Night Sky Program and Celestron.

This three-day celebration at Badlands National Park will support the continued protection andenjoyment oour incredible night skies as a precious natural resource. The festival will focus onactive engagement in resource education programs and hands-on experiences. Astronomy Festival events do not require advance registration or tickets. Please just drop by.

August 5-8,2015 - Outdoor Retailer Show

Meet leading summer sports equipment retailers, manufacturers and outdoor industry professionals. Discover new summer sports products, apparel and gear. Join us at the leading summer sports market business to business trade event, the OR Summer Market. This popular outdoor gear trade show featuring the best of the summer sports market, is held twice a year so leading outdoor industry manufacturers can introduce summer sports products and summer outdoor products. Attracting thousands of buyers, top winter and summer sports manufacturers and the newest innovative outdoor gear, this outdoor market is the place to be!

OR Summer Market is where orders are written, new accounts are found, connections are made and summer sports products brands are launched. Outdoor Retailer has proven to be the leading growth vehicle for the summer sports market and brands that are interested in progressing and advancing into multiple channels of the outdoor marketplace. From small shops and regional chains, to the largest national and international retailers – OR summer Market attracts thousands of buyers and senior level decision makers that are looking for summer sports equipment, specific products, services, brands, fresh ideas, apparel launches, and outdoor innovation. At Summer Market:

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August 12-16,2015 - Tucson Audubon Birding Festival

We invite you to explore and enjoy the beautiful and fascinating Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands. Join the fun at the Fifth Annual Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival. Get to know our friendly local birding and conservation community and the dazzling array of watchable wildlife experiences accessible from Tucson!

August 13-16, 2015 - Starfest

Starfest is Canada's largest annual amateur astronomy conference and star party attracting hundreds of astronomy enthusiasts from Ontario, neighbouring provinces, and states.  It has also been ranked among the top star parties in North America by Sky and Telescope magazine.

Starfest offers a variety of observing-oriented activities that address the needs and interests of experienced observers and astrophotographers, as well as those of people new to the hobby.  Activities include observing sessions, a guided sky tour at night, formal and informal slide presentations, and commercial exhibits with vendors on-site to explain how their products work with hands on displays.

We've already started planning for Starfest even though it is 131.5 days away.  It cannot be overstated how much work it takes to get things just right.  We always welcome new members/volunteers to help out. 

Please check back in the spring, we should have all the details figured out by then.  We look forward to hearing from you.  In the meantime you can visit our archive to see what we've done over the years.

September 10-12, 2015 - Great Basin NP Astronomy Festival

Join park rangers and experience out of this world family fun, excitement, and learn about day and nighttime astronomy. Here at Great Basin National Park we have some of the best air quality in the nation which translates to clear daytime skies, and incredibly dark night skies.

Don't have your own telescope? There will be many telescopes of different makes, shapes, and sizes for you and your family to look at the sun, stars, planets and other deep sky objects including nebulae and galaxies.