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Current List of Speakers for 2018


  • Tim Hunter — My life and hard times in amateur astronomy


  • Matthew Ota — Edward Emerson Barnard, The World’s Greatest Observer of his Time
  • Tim Thompson — A Universe of Stars
  • Tim Hunter — The Barnard Objects-in color
  • Mike Spooner — An ATM 36″ folded reflector
  • Peter Wraight — A Different Approach to Building Astronomical Binoculars
  • Tim Robertson — The Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers… Past, Present and Future
  • David Levy — Saturday Keynote


  • Robert Stephens, The RTMC: A 50 Year Meeting and Star Party
  • Dorothy Wood — Building of the Palomar Observatory
  • Don Machholz — The Discovery of a Comet from RTMC
  • Michael Fene — Galileo: The Little Planetary Observation Spacecraft That Could
  • Tim Thompson — George Ellery Hale
  • Alan B. Gorski — Astro-Imaging with a Modified Canon 6D Full Frame DSLR
  • Wally Pacholka — How to take stunning Landscape Astrophotos
  • Dr. Marc Rayman – Nasa’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt.


RTMC EXPO Information Click here for maps and directions Click here for a downloadable summary of rules and other information Arrival Time The conference grounds will open no sooner than noon on Thursday. The safety plan requires RTMC AE monitors to assure that cars are parked to the side of the road and access is clear. The starting point will be moved forward as to allow everyone to park along the side of the road inside the entrance of Camp Oakes. No one is allowed to park on the side of the road outside the gates of Camp Oakes and into the adjoining neighborhood streets. Everyone arriving early will be accommodated inside the Camp property according to arrival time. If you arrive early, be prepared to camp overnight along the entrance road. No restrooms or other facilities are available while in line early in the camp. In previous years a.
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Registration This year’s dates are Thursday, September 19th – Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 Pre-registration is available before August 31st, 2019. After August 31st you may register on-site at premium prices. You may register using a printed registration form and mailing in a check or online with Paypal. If your question is not answered below, contact registrar@rtmcastronomyexpo.org Click HERE to register for RTMC 2019  All meals will be on a short order basis, pay as you go ‘*CASH ONLY*. Click HERE to download the menu Breakfast will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The dining hall will be kept mainly as an auditorium all day and night. Take your meal to the picnic tables out back or anywhere around the camp in the clamshell meal box you’ll receive holding your order. Pets The Camp.
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Commercial Exhibitors, Vendors, and Clubs Commercial Exhibitors, Vendors, and Clubs Vendors include any businesses, clubs, organizations, or individuals, who wish to set up a booth or tent at the event with items for sale. Clubs not selling merchandise of any kind (selling memberships is ok) may have a free vendor space. Click HERE for Online Vendor Registration via PayPal Click HERE to find out about RTMC sponsorship Pets The Camp Oakes personnel have requested that NO pets will be allowed in the camp unless it is a licensed service/therapy animal. This is for liability reasons and for you and your pet’s safety. They will ask you to leave if you bring a pet in to the camp that is not a licensed service animal. We greatly appreciate your understanding and following the Camp rules. In addition to vendor fees vendors must also register and pay for any person coming into.
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