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Celebrate Tim Peake’s Principia mission.

by on Jun.12, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

Following the great success of my recent Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia evening, I have now adapted it as a shorter stand-alone presentation to take out to groups.

The presentation has been added to my current list of presentations shown here.

This presentation uses stunning graphics and movies as well as hands-on audience participation.

So if your club would like an entertaining and informative evening to Celebrate Tim Peake’s Principia mission, book me now.

E Mail me using this link.

CelebrateTim

 

 

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End of a fantastic Weekend.

by on Jun.06, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

The weekend started out with my Tim Peake Celebration evening on Friday.
It went down a storm. Great crowd, very interactive and fabulous fun to do.
Here’s a few pictures from the night.

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TimPeake2TimPeake3In case you’re wondering, they are competing to peel a banana or tangerine with mock-up space gloves. Virtually destroyed the fruit rather than being able to eat it.

Sunday afternoon saw the Sun appear , so we had a very pleasant afternoon in the garden, with a barbie and a pint, while I was imaging the Sun in hydrogen alpha light. There’s lots going on despite the lack of sunspots at the moment. The hedgerow prominence was changing in form quite rapidly.

I will produce an animation as soon as I get time.

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Later in the evening, I watched the ISS go right overhead in bright twilight. It was much easier to see than I expected, with the sky was so bright. An hour and half later Tim & Co. popped across the sky again, looking very bright in the much darker sky.

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At the end of the ISS apparition, Mars was just clearing the neighbours house. This was the first time this apparition that I have stayed up to view and image Mars as it appeared. Being so low down the image was wobbling all over the place. I took videos using my colour Philips webcam to capture the colour and my monochrome DMK camera to try and capture the detail on the surface.

The images combine quite well.
Mars-20160605-4If it stays clear, I might just stay up later and do a bit more. Maybe stay up late for Saturn as well.

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Hydrogen Alpha Sun – 22nd May 2016

by on May.22, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

The day started out with clear blue skies and sunshine, so straight out I went to capture some Hydrogen Alpha images. There were only a few small prominences around the limb, so I did a few close ups of the naked eye sunspot AR 2546 and a full disk before clouds started building up and we went out for a walk.

I experimented with tuning the telescope to get some detail in the spot, but Newton’s Rings were awful.
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When we got back from our walk there were two layers of clouds, each moving in different directions making it extremely challenging.

However I did manage to get AR 2546 again and a white light image through my 80mm scope.

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After a rest, two talks this week. Leicester & Cambridge.

by on May.21, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

After a few weeks of rest, I start going round to astronomy clubs speaking yet again.

I have two outings this week:

On Tuesday the 24th of May, I am at Leicester Astronomical Society.
They meet at The National Space Centre, Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS.
Meeting starts at 7:30pm.
I will be speaking on Digitally Enhancing Astronomical Images.
If you’re in the area, come along and say “Hello”.

On Wednesday the 25th of May I will also be speaking to Cambridge Astronomical Association as part of their introduction evening at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.
I will be showing them how to obtain deeper wide angle images of the sky, using an un-tracked camera.

Will be good to meet up with these two clubs yet again.
Thanks to both for asking me back.

DDSMilkyWay

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Astrophotography Workshop – 9th of April. Only two places left.

by on Mar.21, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

A repeat of my successful Astrophotography Workshop to be held on the 9th of April has just two places left.

Here’s what some of the last attendees said about the first workshop:

“I would recommend Dave’s new Astrophotography Workshop to all, he brings together knowledge and enthusiasm, passing it on to those of all skill levels.”

“I was so looking forward to this ‘hands- on’ course and it lived up to beyond my expectations – I was so enthused I carried on when I got home – thanks Dave you have the patience of a saint – can’t wait for the next one!”

“Thank you again for a well run workshop and I would be very interested in any other workshops you may have in the pipe line.. As you said a lot to take on. As I’m new to all of this but I come away from the workshop knowing a lot more than before.”

This second date is booking fast, and there are only two places left.

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Date: 9th April 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Venue – Chelveston Village Hall.
21 Water Lane, Chelveston, Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 6AP
(There is plenty of parking. A map of the venue location is at the bottom of the page).

Please note: This workshop will use software that is predominantly Windows based.

Cost: £25.

The day is limited to 15 attendees. So first come, first served. Book using the Paypal button below now to reserve your place.




The area around Clavius

Workshop Outline
I will change and adapt the workshop according to the attendees needs on the day, but this is the overall outline of the day and the subjects I intend to cover:
Basic Astrophotography theory. – How it works and why we get the problems we do.
Simple Astrophotography. – Taking un-driven wide-field constellation images.
Webcam imaging. – Lunar, Solar and planetary imaging.
Image processing techniques. – Startrails, Deep Sky Stacker, AstroStakkert!, Registax and various image processing techniques to get us over the many problems and bring out the best in your images.

I would encourage attendees to bring their own laptops in where possible for effective hands-on practice.

As part of the workshop I will be supplying a CD for everyone to take away which will contain all the software I will be demonstrating as well as all the images I will be using in the demonstrations.

If you can bring in some images of your own that we can work on, that would be even better.

As we are in a rural location you will need to bring your own packed lunch on the day.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and cake will be available on the day to raise money for our local breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.

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Milton Keynes Astronomical Society – 18th March 2016.

by on Mar.13, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

On Friday the 18th of March I will be presenting my ever popular presentation, and let’s face it also my favourite presentation, Rosetta & Philae: From Concept To Reality to Milton Keynes Astronomical Society. 

Despite Philae now certainly lost, there is still a lot of information coming back from Rosetta before its finale of “hard landing” on the comet on the 29th of September. Comet 67P itself is still within reach of amateur instruments and will pass right through the Leo Triplet in April, so that will make a good imaging opportunity.

I will make sure I try to include as much of the new data and images as possible, as well as a screening of an ISS film linked to Tim Peake’s Pricipia Mission, which is now just over half way through.

So, if you’re in the area, come along, say “Hello” and enjoy my presentation.

Meeting starts at 8:00pm at:
Rectory Cottages,
Church Green Road,
Bletchley,
Milton Keynes,
MK3 6BJ.

RosettaTalk

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Astrophotography Workshop – 9th of April. Last Few Places.

by on Mar.12, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

A repeat of my successful Astrophotography Workshop is almost fully booked.
This will be held on Saturday the 9th of April.

Here’s what some of the last attendees said:

“I would recommend Dave’s new Astrophotography Workshop to all, he brings together knowledge and enthusiasm, passing it on to those of all skill levels.”

“I was so looking forward to this ‘hands- on’ course and it lived up to beyond my expectations – I was so enthused I carried on when I got home – thanks Dave you have the patience of a saint – can’t wait for the next one!”

“Thank you again for a well run workshop and I would be very interested in any other workshops you may have in the pipe line.. As you said a lot to take on. As I’m new to all of this but I come away from the workshop knowing a lot more than before.”

This second date is booking up fast, but there are still a very few spaces left.

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Date: 9th April 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Venue – Chelveston Village Hall.
21 Water Lane, Chelveston, Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 6AP
(There is plenty of parking. A map of the venue location is at the bottom of the page).

Please note: This workshop will use software that is predominantly Windows based.

Cost: £25.

The day is limited to 15 attendees. So first come, first served. Book using Paypal now to reserve your place.




Look out for more dates as these are announced.
If you know of a suitable venue closer to you where I could organise another workshop, please let me know.

The area around Clavius

Workshop Outline
I will change and adapt the workshop according to the attendees needs on the day, but this is the overall outline of the day and the subjects I intend to cover:
Basic Astrophotography theory. – How it works and why we get the problems we do.
Simple Astrophotography. – Taking un-driven wide-field constellation images.
Webcam imaging. – Lunar, Solar and planetary imaging.
Image processing techniques. – Startrails, Deep Sky Stacker, AstroStakkert!, Registax and various image processing techniques to get us over the many problems and bring out the best in your images.

I would encourage attendees to bring their own laptops in where possible for effective hands-on practice.

As part of the workshop I will be supplying a CD for everyone to take away which will contain all the software I will be demonstrating as well as all the images I will be using in the demonstrations.

If you can bring in some images of your own that we can work on, that would be even better.

As we are in a rural location you will need to bring your own packed lunch on the day.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and cake will be available on the day to raise money for our local breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.

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Sandy Astronomical Society – Thursday 10th March

by on Mar.05, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

On Thursday the 10th of March I will be giving my Introduction to Astrophotography Presentation to Sandy Astronomical Society.
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The group meet in The Bell Public House, Station Rd, Sandy SG19 1AW

The meeting starts at 7:00pm. So if you’re in the area, come along and say “Hello”.

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Astrophotography Workshop 9th April – Booking Fast.

by on Feb.26, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

Only a few spaces left on the repeat of my Astrophotography Workshop, which will be held on the 9th of April.
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Date: 9th April 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Venue – Chelveston Village Hall.
21 Water Lane, Chelveston, Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 6AP
(There is plenty of parking. A map of the venue location is at the bottom of the page).

Please note: This workshop will use software that is predominantly Windows based.

Cost: £25.

The day is limited to just 15 attendees. So first come, first served. Book by clicking the Paypal link below to secure your place.





Look out for more dates as these are announced.
If you know of a suitable venue closer to you where I could organise another workshop, please let me know.

The area around Clavius

Workshop Outline
I will change and adapt the workshop according to the attendees needs on the day, but this is the overall outline of the day and the subjects I intend to cover:
Basic Astrophotography theory. – How it works and why we get the problems we do.
Simple Astrophotography. – Taking un-driven wide-field constellation images.
Webcam imaging. – Lunar, Solar and planetary imaging.
Image processing techniques. – Startrails, Deep Sky Stacker, AstroStakkert!, Registax and various image processing techniques to get us over the many problems and bring out the best in your images.

I would encourage attendees to bring their own laptops in where possible for effective hands-on practice.

As part of the workshop I will be supplying a CD for everyone to take away which will contain all the software I will be demonstrating as well as all the images I will be using in the demonstrations.

If you can bring in some images of your own that we can work on, that would be even better.

As we are in a rural location you will need to bring your own packed lunch on the day.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and cake will be available on the day to raise money for our local breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.

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Thank you to everyone who attended my first astrophotography workshop on the 20th of February, judging from your feedback it was an outstanding success.
Here’s some comments I have already received from those who attended.

“I would recommend Dave’s new Astrophotography Workshop to all, he brings together knowledge and enthusiasm, passing it on to those of all skill levels.”

“I was so looking forward to this ‘hands- on’ course and it lived up to beyond my expectations – I was so enthused I carried on when I got home – thanks Dave you have the patience of a saint – can’t wait for the next one!”

“Thank you again for a well run workshop and I would be very interested in any other workshops you may have in the pipe line.. As you said a lot to take on.. As I’m new to all of this but I come away from the workshop knowing a lot more than before.”

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Tonight – Rosetta & Philae – Luton Astronomical Society

by on Feb.25, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

This evening , the 25th of February I will be presenting my ever popular presentation
Rosetta & Philae: From Concept To Reality to Luton Astronomical Society. 

It’s a long time since I last visited Luton AS, so will be good to catch up with them again.

Despite Philae now certainly lost, there is still a lot of information coming back from Rosetta before its finale of “landing” on the comet on the 29th of September. Comet 67P itself is still within reach of amateur instruments.

I will make sure I try to include as much of the new data and images as possible.

So, if you’re in the area, come along, say “Hello” and enjoy my presentation.

Meeting starts at 7:30pm at:
University of Bedfordshire, Putteridge Bury, Near Luton.
LU2 8LE

RosettaTalk

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