Celestron, Meade and Other Astronomy Equipment Giants to Attend SCAE 2010 Telescope & Astronomy Demonstration on July 17

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The 6th annual Southern California Astronomy Exposition (SCAE) will feature its 2010 Telescope & Astronomy Demonstration on July 17. Celestron International and Meade Instruments are just two of the 40-plus astronomy equipment manufacturers that will be in attendance. Presented by Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT), the free event will feature more than $35,000 in raffle prizes, including a prize of two FS-60C telescopes with tube holder from Takahashi, a $2,200 value!

We at OPT are excited to present the 2010 Telescope & Astronomy Demonstration, and to provide all astronomy enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from top experts, browse the latest equipment from world-leading manufacturers and win great prizes

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Celestron International, Meade Instruments and more than 40 other of the world’s biggest and best manufacturers of telescopes and astronomy equipment will participate in the SCAE 2010 Telescope & Astronomy Demonstration, taking place on July 17 in Oceanside, California. Presented by Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT), this free event will feature the newest telescopes, CCD cameras and other products, as well as presentations, demonstrations and raffles for more than $35,000 worth of prizes. The event, part of the 6th annual Southern California Astronomy Exposition (SCAE), takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at OPT’s showroom location, 918 Mission Avenue in Oceanside.

“We at OPT are excited to present the 2010 Telescope & Astronomy Demonstration, and to provide all astronomy enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from top experts, browse the latest equipment from world-leading manufacturers and win great prizes,” says Craig Weatherwax of Oceanside Photo and Telescope.

During the July 17 SCAE 2010 Telescope & Astronomy Demonstration, leaders in the field of astronomy equipment will demonstrate their products and feature the newest products in the industry, including new telescopes, equatorial mounts, CCD cameras, eyepieces, telescope accessories and more. Vendors and organizations that will be in attendance include Astrodon, Canon USA, Celestron International, iOptron, Meade Instruments, Orion, QSI, Starlight Instruments and Takahashi. A complete list of manufacturers and organizations attending SCAE can be found on OPT’s Web site.

Everyone will also have the opportunity to win a wide variety of great prizes donated by the manufacturers in attendance. More than $35,000 worth of prizes will be given away during four raffles throughout the day and online. Prizes include two FS-60C telescopes with tube holder from Takahashi, a $2,200 value; two Pixma printers and digital SLR camera from Canon, a $2,000 value; an assortment of products from FarPoint, valued at $1,500; an SG-4 autoguider from SBIG valued at $995; and two telescope cases from Sirious Technologies, a $330 value. These and many other great products, including telescopes, eyepieces, cameras, autoguiders, gift certificates, software and more, will be available during the three on-site raffles. A complete list of raffle prizes can be found on OPT’s Web site.

Those unable to attend SCAE on July 17 also have the opportunity to win great prizes from the event’s vendors. The SCAE online giveaway includes four top-value products worth a total of more than $8,000, including an Apogee U8300 CCD Camera and AFW50-9R Color Filter Wheel valued at $5,638. Other online giveaway prizes include a Starshoot Deep Space Mono III camera from Orion, an FS-60C telescope & tube holder from Takahashi and an LS-35THADX solar telescope from Lunt Solar. Anyone can register now for the online giveaway through Midnight, July 16, 2010. Winners need not be present to win, and will be notified on Monday, July 19.

Presentations on hot topics in astronomy will also be held throughout the day, including talks on supernovae hunting and capturing solar images. Andy Lunt of Lunt Solar Systems will present photographs and stories of his first-hand view of the July 11 solar eclipse, as seen from Easter Island. Veteran amateur astronomer and astrophotographer Tim Puckett, the Astronomy Sales Engineer for Apogee Instruments, will present “Robotic Astronomy - Automated Telescopes for Photography & Science,” in which he will share tips and tricks for automating a telescope, including what to buy and how to make it all come together successfully. Other presentations include “The Sun in Motion,” an IMAX-style multi-media solar presentation” by Gary Palmer; "S X 8 - Stack, Stretch, Sharpen, Setup, Select, Saturate, Smooth, and Send Your Astro-Images" by Warren Keller; and “New Mexico Skies Astronomy Enclave: Where the Seeing is Believing...” by Thomas Simstad. Mike Fowler of Vixen Optics and David Ho of Hotech will also present.

For more information about the 2010 Telescope & Astronomy Demonstration presented by Oceanside Photo and telescope, or for more information about the event’s presentations or raffles, visit http://www.optcorp.com/scae.aspx.

About Oceanside Photo and Telescope
Oceanside Photo and Telescope is one of the largest retailers of astronomy equipment in the world, featuring the largest selection, the best prices and the best customer service in the industry. Featuring manufacturers such as Canon USA, Celestron International, Meade Instruments and more, OPT carries a wide selection of telescopes, CCD cameras and other equipment for any astronomy need. Our staff prides ourselves in that we not only sell astronomy equipment, we use it!

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