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DaveS

Astrofest, who went?

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OK, as the title, who went to Astrofest this year? And did you buy anything?

To start, I've been and got back about 5.20 (Thank you TfL, not :(). Managed to catch up with Rupert at Astrograph and bought a 0.75x Riccardi reducer for my triplet, and at W&W Astro picked up some dew control kit.

I think I also saw Helen of this forum, so, who else?

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Had a marvellous day at Astrofest on Friday.   It was great to bump into a few familiar faces (Hi to Steve, Grant, Owen and Callum). Good speakers including the inimitable Dr. Allan Chapman. 

I also did a wonderful job of emptying my bank account by buying a ZWO 8 position filter wheel, an Atik 460EX and a Skywatcher EQ8! :icon_biggrin::eek:

Got back to Worcester at 10:20pm (Thanks Highways Agency for closing the M5 for roadworks - again :angryfire:)

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Started on the slippery slope towards narrow-band... bought a Baader 7nm Ha filter from Ian King.  Who knows where this will lead... 5nm, 3nm Astrodon, OIII, ...  aaarghh!

Thought there were fewer vendors (no Telescope House) and the rest was all much the same as usual.

 

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31 minutes ago, DaveS said:

OK, as the title, who went to Astrofest this year? And did you buy anything?

To start, I've been and got back about 5.20 (Thank you TfL, not :(). Managed to catch up with Rupert at Astrograph and bought a 0.75x Riccardi reducer for my triplet, and at W&W Astro picked up some dew control kit.

I think I also saw Helen of this forum, so, who else?

You may well have seen me ?  (say hello next time ?) Now on the train home.  Good to catch up with Daz, Ian, Josh and MikeP ☺️.  Resisted urge to buy anything really, was tempted by the TV reduction at wide-screen, but decided that even with the reduction the difference between the TV and the Nirvana alternative couldn't really be justified.

Wasprobably most tempted by the Technosky mounts - nice alt az and encoder ready.  Generally, it was good to mooch around a bit, but I felt there wasn't much new or different to see...

Helen

 

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2 minutes ago, AKB said:

Started on the slippery slope towards narrow-band... bought a Baader 7nm Ha filter from Ian King.  Who knows where this will lead... 5nm, 3nm Astrodon, OIII, ...  aaarghh!

Thought there were fewer vendors (no Telescope House) and the rest was all much the same as usual.

Definitely agree.  Every year there seem to be fewer and fewer vendors. 

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18 minutes ago, michaelmorris said:

Every year there seem to be fewer and fewer vendors.

Michael, that is a sad thing in many hobby orientated shows,
the vendors cannot attend due to cost.
This is perhaps from our drive for keen pricing via the web perhaps.

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34 minutes ago, Helen said:

You may well have seen me ?  (say hello next time ?)

Helen

 

OK, I will :D. I thought of introducing myself but thought I wouldn't be welcome as just another random bod :D.

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1 hour ago, DaveS said:

OK, as the title, who went to Astrofest this year? And did you buy anything?

To start, I've been and got back about 5.20 (Thank you TfL, not :(). Managed to catch up with Rupert at Astrograph and bought a 0.75x Riccardi reducer for my triplet, and at W&W Astro picked up some dew control kit.

I think I also saw Helen of this forum, so, who else?

Hi Dave,

not likely to attend due to the distance. Well done on getting the Riccardi reducer. I would like one to use with my APM 107/700 but just a bit short of the funds at the minute, really interested in how you get on with it. What scope are you planning to use it with?

W&W Astro - do they not sell dew stuff under the name "Dew Control" online?

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I hope / intend to use the reducer with my 130 f/7 triplet Apo. Rupert said I should try from 81mm but is going to try and get a definite BF for me

Yes, I think W&W do sell as "Dew Control" as the packets are labelled as such. I'm waiting for the controller as I'm getting one made up with power leads ending in 4mm banana plugs to plug into my ASA power supply. It should be coming Monday.

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41 minutes ago, Alan White said:

Michael, that is a sad thing in many hobby orientated shows,
the vendors cannot attend due to cost.
This is perhaps from our drive for keen pricing via the web perhaps.

Surely it is not beyond the wit of man for someone, even the manufacturers themselves, to put together a low cost show in a cheaper location i.e. Pretty much anywhere APART from the centre of London!

It's a small industry, doesn't need anything too fancy and I'm sure more vendors and potential buyers would attend.

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1 hour ago, swag72 said:

Anyone got any pics? I want to see some shiny things :D 

Check my twitter feed, probably a dozen tweets over the two days showing all the shinny new toys you could have purchased. @Alpha_lyrae_uk is my twitter handle.

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7 minutes ago, DirkSteele said:

Check my twitter feed, probably a dozen tweets over the two days showing all the shinny new toys you could have purchased. @Alpha_lyrae_uk is my twitter handle.

Did temptation get the better of you at all Matthew?

Any chance of a few pics for those of us who don't tweet?

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2 hours ago, bottletopburly said:

How many snook a bag up to the shed first so the other half did`nt see lols 

That's sneaky! Would anyone actually do a thing like that? ?

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20 minutes ago, DirkSteele said:

Check my twitter feed, probably a dozen tweets over the two days showing all the shinny new toys you could have purchased. @Alpha_lyrae_uk is my twitter handle.

Just checking out the pics!!

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31 minutes ago, Stu said:

Surely it is not beyond the wit of man for someone, even the manufacturers themselves, to put together a low cost show in a cheaper location i.e. Pretty much anywhere APART from the centre of London!

It's a small industry, doesn't need anything too fancy and I'm sure more vendors and potential buyers would attend.

There's an astro gear event in the Midlands later in the year!

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I'm just a little curious Matthew - The M-Tre Avalon mount... is it offered for sale yet? Or still in 'prototype' stage?

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5 minutes ago, mikeDnight said:

There's an astro gear event in the Midlands later in the year!

Where and when Mike?

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Sadly didn't get there this year, although I normally do.

2 hours ago, swag72 said:

Anyone got any pics? I want to see some shiny things :D 

OOh yes, me too :hello2:

27 minutes ago, Stu said:

Surely it is not beyond the wit of man for someone, even the manufacturers themselves, to put together a low cost show in a cheaper location i.e. Pretty much anywhere APART from the centre of London!

It's a small industry, doesn't need anything too fancy and I'm sure more vendors and potential buyers would attend.

I agree - trouble is where do you do it instead? There's definitely good reason to have one in the north, but as someone already said, there is an event later in the year. For me, I'd love it if it wasn't in London, but only if it's in the south-east - and that's not much use to anyone who's not in the south-east. 

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Yes, I was at Astrofest on Friday on the BAA stand. It was great to see many old and new friends  - and to welcome new members who signed up on the day (we currently have an offer of 18 months BAA membership for the price of 12 months, which was a good enticement to many!). A least the stand duty kept me away from spending too much time at the vendor stands!

Jeremy

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I went with my older son and did comment to him that I thought that there was more high end equipment on display than I remember being typical. All the scopes and mounts seemed to be highly machined and anodised black and red with the odd bit of carbon fibre. Seemed more like Ferrari shown room , not that I have ever been in one.

I came back with a 9mm delite, Brain Mays book signed to my younger son and a bit of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite which I suspect will end up in my older sons science project which is fine it was still cheaper than a large packet of felt tip pens.

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1 hour ago, Stu said:

Surely it is not beyond the wit of man for someone, even the manufacturers themselves, to put together a low cost show in a cheaper location i.e. Pretty much anywhere APART from the centre of London!

It's a small industry, doesn't need anything too fancy and I'm sure more vendors and potential buyers would attend.

They already do, it's called the IAS!

 

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4 minutes ago, Alan White said:

They already do, it's called the IAS!

 

Thanks! I took an internet trip via the International Association of Sedimentologists and the Institute of Alcohol Studies before getting there, but it sounds ideal. May well have to pay it a visit.

This one I presume?

http://www.ukastroshow.com/

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