The BBC's Stargazing Live program returns to the screen at the end of March 2017, and together with other organisations across the UK we are holding a fantastic event to help families and children get involved in Stargazing.
We appreciate not all our customers are local enough to attend our own Cosmic Kidz and Stargazing event
, but if you have a look at the link below it should prove helpful.
2017 BBC Stargazing Live Events
It lists events held by many wonderful societies, arranged by Region, and hopefully will enable you to celebrate the wonders of the night sky at a star party near where you live.
Our event takes place at Amersham School in Buckinghamshire, starting at 2.15pm on Sunday 2nd April and will include indoor planetarium with shows that will run throughout the afternoon.
In addition we have a fantastic science demonstrations by Paul Hill. Just back from his tour on the Big Bang Science festival, Paul's shows are always guaranteed to be entertaining for children and families alike.
We will also have displays of telescopes, microscopes and spotting scopes with members of Tring Astronomy Centre and Wycombe Astronomy Society on hand to offer friendly expert advice.
There will be competitions and a raffle with an opportunity to win a telescope, and rumour has it there may even be some space food to try!!
If Weather allows we will also have solar viewing in the afternoon and in the evening from 8pm to 10pm we will turn our high powered Astronomical telescopes to the night skies. Again members of Wycombe Astronomy Society will be on hand to talk to you and show you some amazing night sky objects.
If you are interested in attending the afternoon, evening or both events please visit the link below to register so we can plan numbers.
Cosmic Kidz & Stargazing Live Sign Up
Which ever event you go to there are some things you can do to make your night time stargazing more enjoyable.
Use red light torches rather than standard white torches to help you see in the dark. - The red light won’t ruin your night vision but will provide enough light to help you see any hazards and reduce eye strain when you refer to your information sheets. Adapt a normal torch using red cellophane or you could use a rear bicycle light.
Wrap up warm - Wear sensible warm footwear, and plenty of layers including hats and gloves.
Equipment - for most events you will not need to bring anything other than yourselves as there will be equipment on hand for you to look through. That said we would encourage you to take binoculars if you have them, as we maybe able to show you some surprising sights with them, sights that you can later impress your friends with!
Finally if you do get the bug, or want to try from home then we offer friendly expert advice and a large range of equipment in store and online.
Beginners Telescopes and Advice
Call in to see us and we will be only too happy to help. In the meantime enjoy Stargazing Live 2017.
List of Astronomy Societies
Details of our Cosmic Kidz and Stargazing Live 2017 Event