With Christmas just around the corner, the question is, what to buy that loved one who is mad-keen on all things Astronomy or who wants to learn more? Well we’ve done the hard work for you and put together a list of the perfect ‘Astro Gifts’ to keep that space enthusiast hooked!
1. Telescope Class Gift Voucher
Do you have someone in your life who has a telescope? Maybe it’s one they’ve had for a while or perhaps you’ve bought one to put under the Christmas tree this year! Lucky them! To get the most out of their telescope, send them off to a BYO Telescope class where they will learn heaps of tips and tricks. They will be exploring the universe like a pro in no time!
2. The Astronomy Almanac 2022
This is our all-time favourite book. It has everything you need to know about what’s happening in the night sky for the year.
From what’s up in the night sky to meteor showers, eclipses, star charts, lots of topical astronomy information and the rising and setting times for the Sun and Moon. This book gives you a diary, months in advance so you can really plan what you’d like to see.
$29.95 plus postage
4. Sky & Telescope Australia Magazine
This magazine is considered a 'bible' by amateur astronomers and provides the latest astro news from around Australia and the world. First published in 2004, it is one of Australia's most respected sources for the latest developments in astronomy and space exploration and is published six times per year. Print Subscription $59 for 6 issues or $110 for 12 or Digital $44 for 6 issues
5. Membership to Stargazers Club WA
Is the astronomy lover in your life ready to join a friendly community of like-minded people? Stargazers Club WA has a membership to suit all levels. The Club is especially for beginners and holds events every month.
Gold Galaxy Membership is the best value membership by far and includes entry to all 12 events over a year. That’s telescope classes, astrophotography nights and much more.
$330 per year
6. Versatile Red & White Torch
A must-have tool for the avid astronomer is a red torch. While out under dark skies, your eyes become used to the darkness, this is your night-time vision! If you need light, using red light doesn’t affect your night- time vision and still enables you to see what you are doing when adjusting your telescope or other tools. With the ability to also switch to white light, packing up is a breeze.
$ Prices vary
7. Something to Read
The wonderful Fred Watson is Australia's ‘Astronomer at Large’. He has been the Astronomer in Charge at the Australian Astronomical Observatory for many years and currently works closely with State and Federal government scientists and communicators. He has a range of fun, witty and interesting astronomy books, just perfect for all space lovers. $ Prices vary
8. Gift Vouchers from the Historic Perth Observatory
A special experience such as a Night Sky Tour at Perth Observatory, is sure to be a tick off the old bucket list for any amateur astronomer.
The experienced and passionate tour guides operate their unique collection of modern and historic telescopes to give evening visitors a glimpse into the fascinating world of astronomy, space science and astrophotography.
9. Starry Galaxy Projectors & Astro Lamps
Here’s some ideas for the astronomer who has everything! There is now a multitude of gadgets available to light up a room, from levitating Moon lamps to Night Sky Projectors, turning kids’ ceilings into a stunning planetarium. There is something for everyone. $ Prices vary
Time for an astro-getaway?
So, with all your Christmas present shopping done, why not take a breather, re-charge the batteries and go outside to look upon our marvellous starry skies. The views are breathtaking, particularly in astrotourism country, and maybe stargazing and astronomy can become your hobby as well.