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We thought we'd write a short summary of our attendance at this years (2019) International Astronomy Show (IAS).
The IAS was again held in the grounds of (the huge) 800 acre site of Stoneleigh Park. This time the venue was the Warwick Suite Complex which primarily consists of two main halls (Warwick and Stareton) alongside a smaller area and restaurant. This year, we (David Hinds Ltd) participated in the IAS event by having a presence on a number of our dealer's booths: exhibiting and demonstrating Celestron and Baader primarily on the Rother Valley Optics (RVO) "area" (who had a hall all to themselves), and with the WideScreen Centre and Ikarus Imaging stands with the latter two vendors also showing 10Micron mounts too.
Daniel and Lee arrived around midday with Daniel in a large van with a tail lift as there were a lot of boxes of telescope "goodies" for the dealers to show. We took a wide range of telescopes from beginner to advanced and to suit a range of budgets. It took a few hours to set up all the telescopes and display the accessories....and then by late afternoon we were all ready for the following day.
So what did we take to show?
On our Celestron/Baader booth with RotherValley Optics we had:
A number of the telescopes were powered with Celestron's PowerTank Lithium portable battery which had their red LED lights on to attract people's attention. We also had a display cabinet which housed a range of accessories including the new Celestron Twist Lock diagonal, OAG, X-Cel eyepieces.
On the WideScreen Centre stand they displayed a 14" EdgeHD on a CGX-L, 11" RASA on a CGX, an Evolution 8" HD with StarSense, Evolution 9.25" and an Astro Fi 6" SCT, along with lots and lots of Celestron and Baader accessories. They also featured a 10Micron GM1000 mount sitting atop a 10Micron Half Pillar and Baader T-Pod tripod.
The Ikarus Imaging booth had a CPC925 EdgeHD Deluxe on an HD Pro Wedge, a RASA 11" on a CGX-L mount as well as a 10Micron GM1000 mount on a pier and a GM2000 Ultraport on a Centaurus II Tripod with a large 150mm aperture refractor on top - an ideal high quality precision made set up!
Both days were busy with Saturday being the busiest. There was a good flow of people into the Rother Valley Optics hall especially since Sir Patrick Moore's old car, now restored, was there taking pride of place near the centre. There was certainly a constant "buzz" in the Warwick Hall where the other traders were located. There were plenty of discussions about a wide range of topics from observing, astroimaging, collimation and choosing telescopes.
Looking back at the show over the two days there was a lot of interest "in all things Celestron/Baader/10Micron" overall. Of the items that we took, the NexStar Evolution 5" SCT, 8" Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph on an AVX mount, Universal Filter Changer and the 10Micron GM1000 got lots of interest and attention from visitors to the show.
It will be another year or so before the next IAS. If you weren't able to attend this years show and would like to see a range of Celestron, Baader and 10Micron products pop along and see us in 2020 at European AstroFest in London on 31st January and 1st February and the Practical Astronomy Show on 21st March. We hope to see you there!