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We don't often attend astronomy shows but the International Astronomy Show at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre proved a massive hit last year so we have booked a stall this Saturday and Sunday. 

We will be manning stall 52 between Atik Cameras and Borg Telescopes (clever, eh? :glasses2:). 

It isn't surprising the event is so successful. It is easy to visit, has it's own large car park, large cafe and plenty of elbow-room inside for visitors and exhibitors. There are also speakers giving talks on a number of subjects throughout both days. What is there not to like?  :icon_biggrin:

And of course there are retailers, manufacturers and distributers. Just about everyone will be there but here are some I think will be of most interest: 

The Widescreen Centre - Simon and Ylena always put on a good show and are probably the best at bringing together Astronomy's big brands. 

Ian King Imaging - Ian is one of the good guys specialising in high-end kit and this year he will be sharing his stall with the man from QSI. 

HitecAstro - A UK company with a fast-growing range of astro accessories. 

Celestron UK - Adam and his team will be showing a wide range of Celestron products, I think the man from Baader Planetarium will also be there. 

Astrotrac Limited - Still the 'best' portable tracking device. And it's British! 

Telescope House - Probably the UK's longest running astro retailer, specialises in Meade products. 

Green Witch - Another long established traditional retailer. Lee and Neil have an excellent reputation that is well deserved. 

Modern Astronomy - Bern and Dion will be manning the MA stall. For anything QHY or TS, they are your men. 

Alair Astro - Nick and Ian have been in the business a long time and are best known for Starwave telescopes and Ioptron mounts. 

Astronomia - Astronomia are a relatively new retailer but are growing fast and already have a showroom in the South East. 

Vixen-Opticron - Pete and Rob always put on a good display and really know their stuff so for advice on Vixen products and Opticron binoculars do pay them a visit. 

Space Rocks - Seriously, for all things meteorites nobody does it better. One of my favourite stalls! 
 
Orion Optics - A UK manufacturer of telescopes so worth a visit. 

Starlight Xpress - A UK manufacturer of imaging cameras and some of the nicest people in the business. 

Pulsar Observatories - Probably the best manufacturer and supplier of traditional observatories. 
 
Atik cameras - As the UK's largest retailer of Atik cameras we are clearly biased but FWIW I don't think anyone offers better CCD cameras, for the price. 

Borg Telescopes - My favourite manufacturer of Japanese telescopes. Meet Ted Ishikawa, the man responsible for product development and quality control. 

First Light Optics - Yaaay! James, Grant and myself will be manning the FLO stall and will be unveiling something new that we have been working on for a while now... 

There are more, lots more, so apologies to anyone I should have mentioned  :icon_salut:

Tickets can be purchased on the day. 

For more details please see the organiser's website http://www.ukastroshow.com

Please come and say hi. We'll have Jaffa Cakes... discounts too...  :hello:

Steve 

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Will do my best to be there provided you offer 90% discount :D Nah, but I'll endeavor to be there. I'll drop by to say hi.

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Looking forward to it, not met Grant before...

He's promised to behave... :smiley: 

Grant is our IT manager and is largely responsible for the project we will be unveiling at the show. 

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He's promised to behave... :smiley:

Yeah, right, when does he ever do that? :grin: :grin:

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He's promised to behave... :smiley:

I am being blackmailed with Jaffa cakes! :p

Looking forward to meeting lots of people and showing off our latest project :)

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I was going to head down on Friday but may have to hold off to Saturday...and stop teasing with these mystery unveilings :D

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I will be there on the Saturday Steve,and im looking forward to having a natter to you James and Grant..........and eating all your jaffa cakes .

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..........and eating all your jaffa cakes .

We'll order extra :grin: 

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I'm still debating whether to go or not.

When I was in the Telescope House the other day, the other half saw the poster for the show and asked if I would like to go.

It would be rude not to.

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I was going to head down on Friday but may have to hold off to Saturday...and stop teasing with these mystery unveilings :D

 :grin: 

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I'll be there on Saturday Steve, looking forward to tring out some of those Vixen 2.1 x 42's and if Atik are doing any sort of discount it could end up being a very expensive day, I might need an empty Jaffa cake box to smuggle something back home :)

Mel

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  :grin:

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That's evil of you.

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Hi All,

Will be there on Saturday ( with my daughter ).

Looking forward to meeting the "FLO people".

John

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I'll be there on Saturday - better make sure that's a big pile of jaffa cakes ;)

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I have the outlaws from france this weekend :(:D

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  :grin:

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Ok so is there a picture of a cloud in there? (I am good at spotting them now for some reason - ah yes practice thats it )

See you at the show on Sunday.

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I am hoping to come on Sunday. Hopefully, the Sun will be out and I can try out a Lunt Ha scope. I have had a PST for nearly 10 years so I need an update. So Steve, James and Grant I will come and say hello.

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I can't make it I am afraid as I will be busy at the Cheltenham science festival but I hope it all goes well :)

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I can't make it either - My mother-in-law (rather selfishly if you ask me) decided she wanted to have her 80th birthday this weekend :sad:... 

Still, I suppose the silver-lining is that at least my credit card is safe - I'm sure it'll be a terrific weekend :smiley:

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I would really love to be there but due to the distance and the fact I only have 120 quid in the UK, it wouldn't be much fun without buying things. Good luck to all that attend and I hope there are some bargains to be had and interesting guests talking.

Alan

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