Norman Lockyer observatory – what a great place! Even without the Astronomy Fair, you really should pay it a visit if you’re ever passing that part of the country.
David Strange – thank you for sorting out accommodation (and Car Parking!) and making it all so easy for me.
The marquee held all the wallet-busting bits and pieces and was a great place to meet fellow enthusiasts as well as the commercial guys selling all the goodies. Hi guys!! Wasn’t it a great day 🙂
We were very lucky this year, the weather was perfect, in fact it was almost a touch too warm if such a thing can ever happen in the U.K.
The talk went well with a packed lecture theatre (quite a lot more people than ever turn up to one of my Monday morning 9:00 a.m. lectures). And afterwards I drew the raffle numbers. I pulled out the first number and said it was mine as I wanted the telescope – but I got caught out. What was even more embarrassing was that the second number I pulled out WAS mine and the prize was an extremely nice set of eyepieces and filters in a beautiful case courtesy of First Light Optics. Well – as I don’t use eyepieces anymore it went back into the draw to another attendee’s great pleasure.
This was a great day, and would make a great day out for all the family. It’s in a nice part of Devon, so even if the rest of the family don’t want to see the observatory you can just drop them off on Sidmouth promenade a mile away – and spend the time up at the observatory in peace and quiet.
If you were thinking of going this year and couldn’t make it – book it for next year, you won’t be disappointed.