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An Evening With Stephen Tonkin

Meet Sky at Night Magazine's Steve Tonkin for a night of tall tales and a masterclass in binocular astronomy.

Date & Time

Date Sunday 8th April, 2018
Time 8:30pm to 11:00pm

Age Suitability

It might end up being a late night so we suggest that stargazers are aged from 14 years and up.

Equipment Needed

Stephen and the Observatory will have all the equipment you need, but feel free to bring your own binoculars to get the best out of the night.

Stephen's diary is jam-packed full and we've been lucky to book him at such short notice, so call us now to buy your tickets for this once-in-a-blue-moon experience.

Ticket Prices

Adult £32.50
Concession £25.00
Family £82.50
A family ticket is valid for a group of 2 adults & 2 children.


Steve Tonkin is a regular contributor to Sky at Night Magazine's monthly Sky guide and author of the Sir Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series book titled "Binocular Astronomy".  Steve regularly tours the UK and this weekend is visiting the Battlesteads Dark Sky Discovery Site and you are invited. He will be delivering "Binocular Astronomy" and "Ten Ways the Universe Tries to kill you" and weather permitting, leading a session on binocular stargazing on each night.

Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You

From gamma-ray bursts to asteroid impacts, an overview of cataclysmic events. This light-hearted but scientifically robust approach incorporates a lot of fundamental cosmological processes, from stellar evolution to galactic interaction. It is appropriate for both beginning and intermediate amateur astronomers.

Stargazing with Binoculars

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 stargazing.  There will be a number of binoculars and mounting options for the "hands on" experience.

Event Specific Information

Note: Weather permitting, the Binocular Stargazing Tour will be on both nights that Stephen is visiting us, but each talk will be on a separate night. Tonight's talk will be "Binocular Astronomy".

As of yet, we're unable to control the weather, so observing the skies can only go ahead if it's clear but you'll be pleased to know that all events go ahead in any weather conditions.

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