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Re: Astrofest

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:26 pm
by carastro
Ditto David, very nice to meet both of you. I think I chatted so much I was almost losing my voice by the mid afternoon.

Underground was still dodgy, so I had to find my way to Victoria station on the buses, no idea which or where, but had enough voice left to ask which bus to catch and where from. Lol

Carole

Re: Astrofest

PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:44 am
by jjb2011
I was at AstroFest on Friday. The exhibition was a little disappointing compared with past exhibitions, with many companies staying away. The presentations in the lecture hall however were very good, I really enjoyed the presentation by Alice Bowman Horizons: the voyage to Pluto - as she described how, after a 9.5 year, 3 billion mile voyage to Pluto, things went gut wrenchingly wrong at the last minute and how they solved the problems inspire of a >8hr signal round-trip time.
Alan Chapman was his usual entertaining self as he gave a really interesting talk on 19th century Victorian amateur astronomers - he over-ran by 15 minutes - as usual.
Martin Rees gave a very good presentation on the search for extra-terrestrial life and intelligence, I thought that he had an interesting take on the future of intelligence and what we should really be looking for - i.e. machine and robotic intelligence.
As usual this inadequate venue was packed with people eating lunch, sitting on the floor, on the stairs, anywhere they could find as the cafe area was fully occupied.
JJB

Re: Astrofest

PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:57 am
by carastro
venue was packed with people eating lunch, sitting on the floor, on the stairs, anywhere they could find as the cafe area was fully occupied.

Yes, quite insufficient places to sit, Peter, David and I were dead lucky we managed to pick up some seats as some people were leaving. Even if there are not enough tables quite a few more chairs would be appreciated.

As for the lack of traders, i was told they have to pay £4000 for a pitch, that price seems pretty outrageous to me and given the difficulties parking and getting equipment to their chosen spots it doesn't surprise me that some traders have stopped coming.

Carole

Re: Astrofest

PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:08 pm
by spacehawk
I decided against it

Hotel £300
Travel £100
Food £100

Better spent on gear

Re: Astrofest

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:04 pm
by jjb2011
I think that the IAS which is held at Stoneleigh Park near Kenilworth/Leamington Spa is a much better venue, with great indoor car parking, a more than adequate exhibition hall with lots of space and great dining facilities. The downside is that there is no purpose built lecture hall so the noise from the exhibition comes into the presentation area.

JJB