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Astronomy Presentation

Friday 24 5.30pmSeptember


Newchurch Pavilion

Watery Lane
(Opposite Amazon World/Thomson's Garden Centre)

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Astronomy Presentation


Title: “Two Eyes are Better than One” Speaker: Steve Tonkin

The binocular is not limited to being a beginner's instrument and a subordinate adjunct to a telescope, but is an exceptionally valuable astronomical instrument in its own right. Find out how to choose and use binoculars for astronomy: discover what makes a good (or bad!) binocular, distinguish between valuable information and advertising hype, and learn how to optimise your viewing experience.

Steve Tonkin is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has authored many articles and several books on practical aspects of astronomy. He taught astronomy to adults and children for more than 40 years. Steve is the Dark Skies Advisor to the International Dark Sky Reserve on the Cranborne Chase AONB and splits his time between this and doing astronomical outreach. He is in demand as a speaker to astronomical societies throughout Britain, volunteers as a STEM ambassador, and has a monthly column in BBC Sky at Night Magazine, for which he also writes equipment and book reviews.

This talk is hosted by the Vectis Astronomical Society which is based at the Observatory adjacent to the Newchurch Pavilion. Numbers may be limited on the evening; social distancing and appropriate Covid precautions will be in place. VAS welcomes members (free entry) and non-members (who will be invited to make a suggested donation of £2.50).