February 2011 Archives
The doors to the AstroFest 2011 exhibition are just minutes away from opening! Here's a recap of this morning's conference programme - there are still tickets available to purchase on the door.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Session 1 (morning)
Chairman: Ian Ridpath
|10.00||Phobos and Deimos, the amazing moons of Mars|
|10.35||Observing with the Faulkes Telescopes|
Chairman: Iain Nicolson
|11.40||Epsilon Aurigae: Eclipses from beyond the Solar System|
University of St Andrews
|12.15||Strangers and giants: Uranus and Neptune|
UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory
The slender solid ash design makesthe chair lightweight and portable, with an adjustable seat that moves easily and quickly from an 850mm height right down to 200mm. Four legs ensure complete stability even at full height, and an adjustable footrest provides added comfort for astronomers of every size.
The back of the chair reveals another brilliant feature - a built-in ladder making your eyepiece easy to reach no matter what size the telescope.
Top quality brass fittings and durable lacquer ensure that the chair will make a beautiful, robust and long-lasting addition to any serious astronomer's kit.
The chair is handmade in Surrey, England and is exclusive to Astronomia. We will be launching it at Astrofest 2011 and will be taking orders at a special introductory price during the show. The joiner who created it will be at the Astronomia stand to answer any questions.
On display at the Optical Vision Ltd stand at this year's Astrofest will be the following new
Skyliner-400P 16" Flextube Go-To Dobsonian, a prototype of the forthcoming EQ8 Synscan Go-To mount, the SkyTee-2 Dual Alt-Azimuth mount, the new QUATTRO-series f/4 Carbon-Fibre Imaging Newtonians and ED150 3/5 Element Apochromatic Refractor.
Visit Optical Vision Ltd upstairs on stands 47-48.
Explorers Astronomy Tours will be promoting an exciting range of astronomical holidays featuring the Northern Lights in
At our stand you have the chance to win a discount of £250 off one of our tours by entering our competition.
If you've travelled with us before, why not pop over and share your experiences? We look forward to seeing travellers, past present and future at the show. We're based on the lower floor, stand 20.
Find out more: www.astronomytours.co.uk
Join us on Stands 1-6 Ground Floor and meet: Orion Telescopes & Binoculars with their Goto Dobsonians, Tele Vue Officina Stellare (RC320 as reviewed by Nik Szymanek in November's Astronomy Now), APM, Finger Lakes Instrumentation, Takahashi, Meade and Lunt Solar Systems. See the T-Rex mount, SkyWire, 10 Micron GM2000 and much, much more....
In the meantime, find out more at www.widescreen-centre.co.uk
New this year will be the Skylight F13; an elegant sibling of the majestic F15 in a shorter, more manageable OTA. You can also take advantage of a show-only pre-order price on the F13.
a.. An unmatched attention to detail
b.. The fusion of modern engineering with Victorian design
c.. Excellent Japanese 100mm/F13 objective
d.. Premium Baader Steeltrack focuser
The Skylight F13 will be seen in public for the first time at Astrofest 2011 this Friday and Saturday in London. For these two days only, it will be available at a substantially discounted three-figure sum. Come and see for yourself how breathtaking a handmade refractor can be.
The Kensington Conference and Events Centre will be offering light refreshments from its cafe-bar on the first floor throughout the two-day event, but you may prefer to dine out if you have more time. This list of restaurants and pubs (many of the latter also serve food) is by no means comprehensive, but is designed to give you an overview of some of the local eateries, all of which are no more than 15 minutes walk away from the Events Centre - just click on the restaurant/pub name for a location map and more information. If you have further suggestions please leave a comment!
There are plentiful coffee shops near High Street Kensington Tube station for coffee and a sandwich, including Pret a Manger inside the station arcade and a Boots and Marks and Spencers if you need to grab a sandwich or a drink on your way to the exhibition hall. There's also a Tesco Metro a short walk left out of the tube station. There's also a Caffe Nero on Wright's Lane just behind the tube station, and Starbucks can be found further down Kensington High Street in either direction.
For those looking for just a quick bite to eat:
Byron - 'gourmet' burger chain
Med Kitchen - brasserie
Patisserie Valerie - coffee and cakes
Pizza Hut - pizza & pasta
Wagamama - Japanese/Asian
For a more leisurely lunch or dinner (check with restaurant for booking information):
The Abbingdon - Modern European and international
Balans - Brasserie
Cafe Rouge - French bistro
Maggie Jones - English
Sopranos - Italian
Sticky Fingers - American
Thai Terrace - authentic Thai
The Terrace - modern British
For pub lunches or post-AstroFest beers:
The Britannia (Separate dining area)
The Builders Arms (World cuisine, world beers and real ale)
Churchill Arms (Thai food, Fuller's pub)
The Devonshire Arms (Food) **Suggested location of AstroFest tweetup Saturday from 6pm**
The Elephant and Castle (Real Ale)
Kensington Arms (Food and real ale)
Prince of Wales (Food available)
The Queens Arms (Food and real ales)
If you would like to make your own search for local restaurants, the full address of the AstroFest venue is: Kensington Conference and Events Centre, The Town Hall, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX