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Adrian Condon

PAS 2019 Practical Astronomy Show Kettering 9th March 2019

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Hi Folks,

Just to let you know that there is a free (No Charge) Practical Astronomy Show (PAS) at Kettering Conference Centre, NN15 6PB on the 9th March 2019 09:30am to 17:00.

There is an Exhibitors Hall, with a great list of well known companies, including Altair Astro, David Hinds with Celestron, Tring Astronomy Centre and Widescreen Centre, a full list of Vendors is on the PAS website with 30 stands  (to buy the bits and pieces you need!) and free talks (on a first come first served basis).

The speaker list has a number of well known speakers, for instance,  Dr Paul Abel gave a very interesting talk at Astrofest 2019 on "Visual Observations of the planets" will be present addressing "Observing Venus: A Guide for Visual Observer".

If interested you can find the full lowdown at the website......

https://practicalastroshow.com

It will be interesting to compare this Show to Astrofest 2019.

Hope to see some of you there. 

Adrian

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Hi Adrian

Long time no see.  How are you?

There is already a discussion about this event here

 

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Hi Michael,

I am in good health, trust you are too. I am hoping to attend SGL Lucksall when it does not clash with the Galloway Star Party.

I searched the SGL site for PAS 2019 earlier today, I did not see it, so I thought that members would be interested in a "Free" show given some of the comments related to Astrofest 2019.

I plan to go, if you can make it, it would be great to meet up, even if we have to drink cider!

I met some SGL members at Astrofest. 

Anyway, it is great to hear from you.

Clear skies needed.....

Adrian

 

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Me too.  I have no idea how they are doing it for free. My guess (and it's only a guess) is that this year is a loss leader to gauge interest.

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I'm going to be there, and Jim. We'll be looking at mounts, he's promised me a new one! Probably a CEM60ec.

Hopefully see some people there.

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Hi Anne,

Looking at the list of exhibitors you should be able to make a choice from a good selection of mounts that hopefully they will bring.

The Celestron stand run by Adam Hinds had a great selection of mounts at Astrofest 2019.

Hope to meet some SGL members there.

Adrian

 

 

 

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The practical astronomy show will be my first visit to a show. 

My question is do vendors usually have a discount on the day at most shows?

If so is it on all items or certain items?

 

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1 hour ago, djpaul said:

The practical astronomy show will be my first visit to a show. 

My question is do vendors usually have a discount on the day at most shows?

If so is it on all items or certain items?

 

Do vendors usually have a discount on the day at most shows? - Some do, some don't.

If so is it on all items or certain items? - If discounts are offered, nowadays, it's most commonly only on specific lines. 

I suspect that the advert of internet shopping has served to drive down profit margins, meaning that there is less margin for retailers to play than there used to be.

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some may do on certain items. You have to remember the margins in the astronomy game are not that high so even 10-15% may be difficult for some, especially at a show where there are other costs to be taken into account..

 

Owen

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I would think that for some astro equipment the margins are quite high. Expensive eyepieces anyone? Higher priced cameras ;)

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On 22/02/2019 at 20:51, heliumstar said:

I would think that for some astro equipment the margins are quite high. Expensive eyepieces anyone? Higher priced cameras ;)

Yes, but their volumes will be correspondingly low.  There are two basic retail strategies - Low volume with high margins, or high volume with low margins.  The holy grail is, of course, high volumes and high margins (i.e. Apple).

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