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AstroMediaShop Newsletter - November 2017
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Dear Friends and Customers,
 
it has been a very long time since I found the time to sit down and write a newsletter. We have had a very busy summer and autumn. One of the highlights was surely exhibiting at the International Astronomy Show near Coventry in October. It was just great, having hundreds of interested people coming to our stall and having the opportunity to explain our kits person to person. We are going to do two more shows this year. We have booked a stall for the Yuletide Market in Stalham, Norfolk, which will take place from 2pm to 7pm on Sunday the 3rd of December. We will also return to the Mulberrybear Christmas Fayre at the Open University in Milton Keynes from 12pm to 2pm on Tuesday the 5th of December. If you are in the area on one of these dates, it would be great if you would come round and say hello.
 
Copernican Orrery
I suppose I don't have to remind you that Christmas is coming closer in leaps and bounds. We have nearly finished stocking up for this year, even our traditional Christmas mini gummy bear surprise packets have arrived and one of them will again be added to each order until Christmas.
We now have all our "classic" kits in stock, including our famous cardboard Copernican Orrery that had completely sold out last year and wasn't available for quite a while. An orrery shows the solar system as it is in reality with the sun in the centre. But of course people were able to do excellent astronomy before the heliocentric world view was developed.

Desktop PlanetariumA good example of the instruments they used is our Desktop Planetarium: a kit for a classical armillary sphere, the standard instrument for observer-centred astronomy for over 2000 years. With this beautiful instrument you can easily illustrate the movement of Sun, Moon, planets, and fixed stars above and below the horizon for any location on Earth and any day of the year. A real gem, not only as astronomical instrument and teaching tool, but also as a fantastic showpiece. With the optional barrel bolts you can build it collapsible to make transport easier.
Once you have figured out how to use the Desktop Planetarium to predict where and when you can spot a planet in the night sky, you can use one of our range of telescopes to take a closer look. On our Telescope Page you can find kits to build your own telescope for all ages and budgets. Prices start from only £2.52 for the lipstick-sized Pocket Telescope, up to £18.60 for our fully functioning 70mm Newtonian Reflector with Dobsonian mount and two eyepieces for 16x and 30x magnification: enough to spot Jupiter's four Galilean moons!

Reversing GogglesNot all our kits are about Astronomy. There's a lot to discover on our Optics Page for example: a Camera Obscura, a Pocket Zoom Microscope, a Magic Lantern, and even Upside-Down Goggles that were featured on BBC 2 during the N-series of QI!
We also cater for hobby-engineers and physics-lovers. Have a look at our Steam Engine and Stirling Engine kits on the Other Kits Page for example: They are the ideal presents for anybody who is interested in engineering. The Steam Engine is mostly constructed from cardboard, as are all our models. Nevertheless the crucial parts are steam and fire resistant, and so ingeniously prevent the contact of cardboard, fire, and water. The same principle applies to tWimshurst Machinehe Stirling Engine. A few non-cardboard parts enable it to run for up to an hour on a cup of hot tea! Both engines are able to power small models, for example our Ferris Wheel.
Or why not let off some sparks with our fantastic Wimshurst Machine? We all remember those from physics classes at school, blue flashes in a darkened room, crackling electricity, and the smell of ozone in the air! Although the maximum energy output of our Wimshurst Machine is limited to rule out any injury, the maximum voltage is still about 70,000V, enough for sparks of over one inch in length.

At prices between £2.50 and £10, our smaller kits also make ideal stocking fillers. With these children have the chance to spend some time building a working scientific instrument (maybe together with their parents) and afterwards actually using it. Have a look at our range of small telescopes, simple optical kits, and other small models. We are sure you will find something to keep your little ones (and not so little ones) occupied for a while.

Fitzroy Storm GlassFor the ones who don't fancy building their own scientific instruments we have a range of beautiful glass instruments that work straight out of the box. On our Gadgets Page you will find the intriguing Fitzroy Storm Glass (now in a stunning teardrop shape), a Crookes Radiometer (the so-called "light mill", but actually a very efficient thermodynamic engine), and the interesting Goethe Barometer (a mixture of barometer and thermometer). We also have a specially made Galileo Thermometer with an accuracy of 1ºC (most others only show the temperature in 2º steps). And last, but not least, we still have some of our specially made Klein Bottles left in stock: a fantastic present for all mathematicians!


Royal Mail have now published their recommended last shipping dates, which they claim make sure that parcels arrive in time for Christmas:

Date

Destination

Saturday, 2nd Dec

Africa, Middle East

Wednesday, 6th Dec

Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe, Malta

Thursday, 7th Dec

Caribbean, Central and South America 

Saturday, 9th Dec

Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand

Wednesday, 13th Dec

Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Thursday, 14th Dec

Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Friday, 15th Dec

Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland

Saturday, 16th Dec

France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland

Thursday, 21st Dec

UK


As usual, we try to ship your order the same day you place it (before 3:30pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays before noon). Of course even if your order arrives in time, we can’t guarantee that you receive the shipment before Christmas. That lies in the hands of the postman. If you are in doubt about the postal service, you can now also order tracking for your parcel. You will find the "Order Tracking"-button at the top of each of our pages, next to the "Worldwide Shipping"-button. You might like to know that we are now also working with DPD Local. So get in contact, if you are in doubt that you will receive your order in time. We’ll do our very best to get everything to you for Christmas!

If you want to keep in contact, why don't you join us on facebook? All the best and wishing you a great time,
 
Angela and Andreas Schröer

Visit our website www.AstroMediaShop.co.uk for more kits, optical components, and interesting gadgets!
 

AstroMedia UK
Phone: 07864 912372

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