Its always sad to lose a long-standing institution in the astronomy products industry. This is especially true with the announcement that the RTMC astronomy expo will no longer continue.
The Board of the RTMC has issued this statement:
We, the current Board of RTMC, Inc., have made the difficult decision that 2019 was the last year that the Astronomy Expo will be held. Many contributing factors have led us to this difficult and disappointing decision. We have tried to navigate these challenges while experimenting with many new ideas. However, it has become apparent that hosting further Astronomy Expos is no longer feasible. We are heartened by the fact that both the 50th and 51st years (2018 & 2019) were well received and enjoyed by all those who attended.
We wish to thank all the past Board members and the many volunteers who helped put on this event for 51 amazing years. To the many vendors, who’ve come to share their products, to the thousands of attendees and to all our various sponsors, thank you for supporting us through the years. Thank you to all the speakers and presenters we’ve had through the years, for sharing your wonderful knowledge. Thank you to the YMCA Camp Oakes for hosting our event for over 40 years in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains.
We’ve made many memories, friends, and discoveries along the way. We will cherish them all.
Again, thank you so much for your support and patronage through the years. We wish you all clear, dark skies and bright futures!