ASTROCATS - Canadian Astronomy Telescope Show

Saturday, May 25 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sunday, May 26 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oakville, Ontario (May 3, 2013) - AstroCATS is the first show of its kind in Canada; an ideal alternative for attendees who may have to travel to New York, Chicago, California, or Arizona to get their “astronomy toy fix”. And, for some, it will be the first convenient opportunity to attend a world class display of astronomy products up close and personal!

Seminars & Keynote Speaker for Beginners AND Experienced Astronomers - Something for everyone! FREE with the purchase of a General Admission Ticket

Saturday, May 25 Keynote Speaker: Terence Dickinson - Author, Publisher, Educator - 21st Century Trends in Backyard Astronomy

Terence Dickinson, leading amateur astronomer and science writer, is the editor of SkyNews magazine and an astronomy commentator for Discovery Channel Canada. He has written fifteen books, available for astronomy beginners, most notably, "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" and "Night Watch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe ". Terry even has an asteroid named after him: Asteroid 5272 Dickinson

Sunday, May 26 Keynote Speaker: Jim Fitzgerald - Retired NASA Educator -
20 Years of NASA Education .. What a Ride!

Jim Fitzgerald is a professional educator. In 1990 a unique opportunity took Jim out of the classroom and into the world of NASA. He became part of the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project which began to provide a NASA impact on education in 1961.

Door and Raffle Prizes - Thousands of $$’s of fabulous prizes. Every visitor receives a ballot to win, or increase your odds by purchasing a Raffle Ticket ($2 each OR 3 for $5).

A Great Day for Families! Introduce the whole family to a fun and educational hobby. Special seminars include "Family Observing" and "Choosing Your First Telescope".

If you are ready to buy new astronomy gear there will be $250K+++ of merchandise available for purchase at the show. Everything from telescopes, mounts, CCD cameras, focusers, and more. Something for everyone...entry level to high-end professional grade equipment on display. And, there is sure to be a few "new product unveilings".

We expect AstroCATS to rapidly become the world’s largest networking platform where manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors have the opportunity to build partnerships, expand their relationships, and showcase new products for the upcoming year.

Location: Sheridan College Athletics Centre, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 2L1. Just 25 km West of Toronto; 90 km North of Buffalo.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Presented by the Hamilton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada,



Contact: Gary Bennett, ASTROCATS Director of Communications at



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Friday, May 3, 2013