AstroCATS Wraps Up

The Canadian Astronomy Telescope Show is over for another year.

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AstroCATS features vendors, door prizes, speakers, and of course — plenty of gear to check out. Courtesy Greg Keilty

The second annual AstroCATS, held on May 3 and 4, has concluded and by all accounts was a big hit. “The attendees were obviously relishing the opportunity to spend a day immersed in all things astronomy — other amateur astronomers, outstanding speakers and  masses of equipment you couldn’t find assembled anywhere else in Canada,” reports SkyNews publisher Greg Keilty.

AstroCATS is an astronomy trade show and conference presented by the Hamilton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and held in the David Braley Athletic & Recreation Centre at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Andy Blanchard, co-chairman of AstroCATS, says, “The new location, in the new sports facility at Mohawk College in Hamilton, is more spacious, more convenient — an ideal venue for the 50% greater number of vendors than last year.”

In addition to a plethora of equipment to ogle, the event features door prizes, solar observing sessions, family oriented seminars, and of course, talks by an impressive roster of astronomy talent. Among this year’s speakers were ace U.K. planet imager Damian Peach, renowned telescope maker Ed Jones, and famed astrophotographer Wally Pacholka.

“The knowledge level of the show vendors is very high. Experts in many aspects of the astronomy hobby are available for questions from the beginner to expert level,” adds Blanchard. “I watched a salesperson assist a young man buying a telescope for his family — a Celestron self-aligning telescope. The family walked out of the show beaming as if they were about to drive away in a Lexus.”

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SkyNews editor Terence Dickinson chats with attendees at this year’s AstroCATS.
Courtesy Greg Keilty

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