What is the Practical Astronomy Show?

The Practical Astronomy Show brings 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.

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

The show is free to attend for the general public, 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 under nighttime (or daytime!) skies.

* Talks cannot be booked in advance. Tickets for the talks will be available at the show, strictly on a one-per-person basis. We suggest arriving at the show early to get your tickets.

Food and drink are on sale at the show, and there is of course full access for disabled persons.

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Our Story

The practical astronomy show was borne out of conversations between Nick Vermeulen and John Timmins, both passionate amateur astronomers since childhood, and since then, owners of astronomy companies Altair Astro and Peak2Valley. Based on the success of the first show, our aim is to make it a yearly event, with the next show PAS2020 scheduled for the 21st of March 2020. Attendance at the show is at our discretion.