Back again at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry, this show provides a relatively local chance to listen to some excellent talks and go to stands from virtually every astronomy retailer in the UK. Much cheaper than Astrofest in London due to not needing to book hotels or train tickets.
Today, Peter Hill, Ed, Terry, Paul Simpkins and Pete Simpkin and myself arrived early to get the most out of the day.
Terry was attracted to a discounted Celestron Nextar 8 but we needed to wait and see if he buys it! He then expressed ibterest in a Donsonian mount with digital setting circles. He is keen to find an effective useful GOTO scope for hinself to use.
For myself I purchased a small meteorite as demonstrator for my talks on meteorite petrology and microscopy – I don’t intend to get into meteorite collecting. Financial ruin lies that way!
I also bought a book for a fiver, but nothing else has taken my fancy so far. Let’s hope it stays that way.
The talks differ from Astrofest in that at IAS they are 1 hour in length rather than the Astrofest 30 ninutes. This alllows much nore detailsd exploration of a topic. For me, this is one of the particularly positive aspects of IS. The first talk on the sun was excelkent. Starting simply, it built up to in-depth discussion on composition of Sun as found by spectroscopy. Brilliant stuff. Other talks turned out to be equally as good. Terry, Peter, Ed and I also attended talks on dark matter.
Stands are really interesting – even if I am not in buying mood. I enclose some photos below.