October sees the 2018 International Astronomy Show take place in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on the 12th and 13th, Friday and Saturday.
Astro events such as this occur regularly throughout the year, such as European AstroFest in London in February and now a new event, the Practical Astronomy Show planned for next March too.
These are great events where you can see many of the UK’s leading astro suppliers – and some manufacturers too – show off their latest wares and help answer any queries you may have.
Of course, they also want you to part with your hard-earned cash, so I find it best to start saving early to take advantage of the bargains or discounts often offered.
BBC Sky at Night Magazine will be attending this year’s International Astronomy Show, so if you’re attending be sure to stop by our stand!
I’ll be wandering around seeing what’s new and chatting to our many friendly suppliers to spot the next items to include in the reviews section of the mag.
With many astro retailers now selling online, there are fewer physical shops where you can go along to see the telescopes, mounts and accessories, so these shows are an ideal way to engage with the public and allow you to see what is on offer.
It always excites me as I wander round the show floor, wondering whether my financial adviser (aka my wife!) would mind if I spent the house money on yet another telescope.
I’m sure she’d understand – wouldn’t she?!
If you are attending any of the upcoming shows and spot us, do say hello and remember we always have offers on subscriptions and our range of special editions.
Speaking of reviews, in this month’s issue we look at the Sky-Watcher Evostar 150ED DS-Pro refractor, the ‘no power needed’ Omegon MiniTrack LX2 tracking mount and the ZWO ASI294MC Pro camera.