Vendors attending:

  • Altair Astro
  • Astronomy Now Magazine
  • 365 Astronomy
  • BBC Sky at Night Magazine
  • Celestron - David Hinds
  • Gary Palmer Astrophotography
  • Ian King Imaging
  • NPAE Precision Astro Engineering
  • Orion Optics
  • Peak2Valley Instruments
  • Rother Valley Optics
  • Saturn Instruments
  • SharpCap PRO
  • Starlight Xpress
  • Tring Astronomy Centre
  • Widescreen Centre

Full list of Exhibitors here...

Travel info

The show Venue is Kettering Conference Centre.

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Click here for the Kettering Conference Centre map page - Public Transport info on Rail, Road & Airports.

Free Talks By

  • Dr Paul Abel - UK Visual Astronomer.
  • Dr Robin Glover - Author of SharpCap PRO image capture software.
  • Gary Palmer - UK Astrophotographer.
  • Damien Peach - UK Astrophotographer.
  • Niels Haagh - designer of the unique Panther mount.

A completely free astronomy show

The Practical Astronomy Show is a one-day show on the 9th of March 2019 at the Kettering Conference and Exhibition Centre.

The show aims to bring a selection of leading astronomy businesses, organisations and educational institutions together under one roof, for one day. Astronomy products and services will be available for purchase from various stands.

The show is free to attend, and there will be free talks* about the practical aspects of astronomy, with an emphasis on using and getting the best out of astronomy products.

Organisations involved in astronomy education, outreach and tourism will be available to meet and greet the general public.

The show caters for all levels of practical astrophotography and visual astronomy. We hope that no matter what your experience level, there will be something interesting for you at the show.

* Talks cannot be booked in advance. Tickets for the talks will be available at the show, strictly on a one-per-person basis.

The practical astronomy show is organised by John Timmins and Nick Vermeulen, both passionate amateur astronomers since childhood, and since then, owners of astronomy companies Peak2Valley and Altair Astro.

Solar image by Nick Vermeulen
Solar image by Nick Vermeulen
Moon image by Neil Phillips
Moon image by Neil Phillips
Solar image by Gary Palmer
Solar image by Gary Palmer


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