As planned, I spent Saturday at ScopeX, the prime astronomy and telescope exhibition in South Africa. I was one of the volunteers manning the ATM desk for an hour or so, entered a photo in the astrophotography competition, sat in on a few talks, took loads of photos (I think I got almost all the telescopes), caught up with some old friends and generally had a great time.
The only blight on the day was learning, when I went to collect it on my way home, that my photograph fell down the back of the metaphorical filing cabinet, and was never displayed or judged on the astrophotography competition. Bummer. Nevermind, I’ve attached it at the end of this page!
Nevertheless, there were plenty great ideas on display for telescope construction, and loads of keen and eager astronomers sharing their passion with curious members of the public who’d come in for a visit. The talks were informative, the dealers were helpful, the classically Afrikaans food (Vetkoek! Pannekoek! Horrogs!) was excellent and so very cheap! Those who couldn’t make it, I trust you’ll be there next year.