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Astrophotography: Essential Photoshop Techniques.

by on Jan.09, 2017, under Astronomy Blog

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Following on the success of my previous two astrophotography guides, I am pleased to announce the publication of my third.

Astrophotography:
Essential Photoshop Techniques.

This step-by-step guide covers Photoshop Tools: Curves, Levels, Light Pollution Removal, Layers and Colour Saturation.

Click here to buy on Kindle from Amazon.

Printed copies should be with me by the end of the week.

£7:00, plus £1:50 Postage and packing.
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I’ll dispatch your order as soon as the first batch arrives from the printers.
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(Please contact me before ordering if out of the UK for postage costs).

My Guide will take you step-by-step through Photoshop tools and show how to manipulate a stacked image that l;ooks something that looks like this:

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…Into something that looks something like this:

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£7:00, plus £1:50 Postage and packing.

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Talk to Hertford Astronomy Group – 11th January.

by on Jan.07, 2017, under Astronomy Blog

On Wednesday the 11th of January I am looking forward to a welcome return visit to speak to Hertford Astronomy Group.

My first presentation of the year will be:
In The Foosteps of Piazzi Smyth: Astronomical Adventures in Tenerife.

Following in the footsteps of a great hero of mine, Charles Piazzi Smyth, the Astronomer Royal of Scotland from 1846 – 1888, my presentation takes the audience with me on one of my visits to Tenerife. A truly fascinating volcanic island with fantastic  skies to boot, where I was forced to re-learn astrophotography for the digital age, after years of using slide film.

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I’m looking forward to a great evening.

Their meetings are held at:
Fairway Tavern,
Panshanger Golf Complex.
Old Herns Lane
Welwyn Garden City.
Hertfordshire.
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If you are in the area, come along and join me on my trip.

 

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Sky Diary on Google Calendars.

by on Jan.06, 2017, under Astronomy Blog, Sky Diary

Eagleseye Sky Diary.

My monthly sky diary showing the events of the night sky and space activities now available in pdf form to download and print. It is also available to share on Google calendars.

Click here to go to my Google calendar.

Click here to download the pdf.
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More events will be added as more information comes to hand.

Let’s hope we get some clear skies to enjoy it all.

Dave

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Telescope Workshop – 18th February 2017.

by on Jan.06, 2017, under Astronomy Blog

Following my Astrophotography Workshops, I am pleased to announce that I have now finalised details for a telescope workshop to be held in Higham Ferrers.

For details of my Astrophotography Workshop on the 28th of January click here.

D30_3673Details of the content covered in this hands-on workshop are further down the page.

Date: 18th February 2017.
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm.
Venue: Hope Methodist Church,
Linnets Lane,
Higham Ferrers.
NN10 8DE.
(Just off Queensway).

Cost: £30.

The day is limited to 15 attendees, so I can give quality time to each delegate as required.

This workshop  will involve lots of hands-on telescope setting up and collimating, so please bring in your telescopes and all accessories for guidance and advice. If you want to get your mount computer controlled bringing a laptop in with your mount would be a good idea as well.
Please Note: The software used for setting up a computer controlled mount can be either Windows or Apple Mac. I will bring in everything you should need.

Click on the Paypal button below to secure your place.

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Telescope Workshop Outline
I will adapt the workshop according to the attendees needs on the day, but below is the overall outline of the day and the subjects I intend to cover:
Features of a Telescope. – Different types of telescopes, how they work and why different types of telescopes are used for different types of objects.
Telescope Accessories. – Eyepieces, Barlow Lenses, Focal Reducers/Extenders, Coma Correctors.
Telescope Mounts. –  Alt-azimuth to Equatorial mounts. Including setting up and polar alignment. 
Collimating a Telescope. – How to collimate a telescope to get the very best image possible.
Starting Telescopic Astrophotography. 
– Accessories required to attach a camera and the different types of cameras to help you make a start in astrophotography.
Getting your Mount Computer Controlled. –  Setting up ASCOM, EQMOD and your favourite planetarium software to drive your telescope.

I will always take the requirements of the delegates into account and will try and cover anything related that they would like to know more about upon request. So just ask.

As part of the workshop I will be supplying all the software for this hands-on workshops for delegates to take away. Hopefully we’ll get everything installed and working on the day anyway.

A big part of the day will be to discuss and look at your particular telescope and mount, discussing and looking at resolving any issues that you may currently have.

You will need to bring your own packed lunch on the day, although we are just around the corner from the local shops, where most items can be purchased.

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

Here’s what people have said about my previous courses:

“Just a quick note to say thank you very much for the course the other Saturday. It’s finally got me going with Deep Sky Stacker, and being able to get something out of the photos with Photoshop. Once again, many thanks, your insights were really helpful and made for a very enjoyable day.”
“Thanks Dave for your advice and kind words, as you say the course is just the start and we can all learn from each other. All fired up now for the next imaging session and the next course. Dave you really have been an inspiration and great help”.
“Thanks for a great day at the workshop. Hopefully I took most of the information in and can retrieve it when needed 🙂 Anyway I learnt a great deal and things aren’t quite as dark now.”
“An excellent workshop once again – I gained a lot out of this and two nice pictures.  I was chuffed they were my subs resulting in my images”.
“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.”

More workshops, including a Solar Viewing and Imaging Workshop to be held on the 25th of March, will be announced as soon as the venue has been confirmed.

If you would like me to organise an astronomical workshop for your astronomical society at a suitable venue closer to you, please let me know.

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To be held on March 25th:
Solar Viewing and Imaging Workshop.
Details to be announced as soon as the venue has been confirmed.

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Astrophotography Workshop – 28th January 2017.

by on Jan.02, 2017, under Astronomy Blog

Due to the enormous success of last years astrophotography workshops, I am pleased to announce that arrangements for another one has just been confirmed.
For details of my Telescope Workshop on the 18th of February, click here.
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Details of the content covered in this hands-on image processing workshop are further down the page.

Date: 28th January 2017
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).

Cost: £30.

The day is limited to 15 attendees, so I can give a reasonable amount of time to each delegate where required.

This workshop  involves quite a lot of hands-on processing, so please bring in laptops for the day.
Please Note: This is a Windows only workshop as the software will not run on Apple machines.

Click on the Paypal button below to secure your place.

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Here’s what people have said about my previous courses:

“Just a quick note to say thank you very much for the course the other Saturday. It’s finally got me going with Deep Sky Stacker, and being able to get something out of the photos with Photoshop. Once again, many thanks, your insights were really helpful and made for a very enjoyable day.”
“Thanks Dave for your advice and kind words, as you say the course is just the start and we can all learn from each other. All fired up now for the next imaging session and the next course. Dave you really have been an inspiration and great help”.
“Thanks for a great day at the workshop. Hopefully I took most of the information in and can retrieve it when needed 🙂 Anyway I learnt a great deal and things aren’t quite as dark now.”
“An excellent workshop once again – I gained a lot out of this and two nice pictures.  I was chuffed they were my subs resulting in my images”.
“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.”

More workshops, including Solar Viewing and Imaging, will be announced as soon as the venues have been confirmed.

If you would like me to organise an astrophotography workshop for your astronomical society at a suitable venue closer to you, please let me know.

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Workshop Outline
I will change and adapt the workshop according to the attendees needs on the day, but below is the overall outline of the day and the subjects I intend to cover:
Basic DSLR Astrophotography theory. – How it works and why we get the problems we do.
Simple Astrophotography. – Taking un-driven wide-field constellation images to produce both star trails and stacked images.
Webcam imaging. – Introduction to Lunar, Solar and Planetary imaging.
Image Processing Theory. – An overview of the tweaks necessary to bring out the best from your images.
Image Processing Techniques. – Using Startrails, Deep Sky Stacker, AstroStakkert!, Registax and Photoshop using various image processing techniques to get us over the many problems and bring out the best in your images.

Of course, I will always take the requirements of the delegates into account and will try and cover anything related that they would like to know more about upon request. So just ask.

As part of the workshop I will be supplying all the software I will be demonstrating as well as all the images used in the demonstrations and hands-on workshops for delegates to take away.

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

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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.

Coming Later This Summer:
Solar Viewing and Imaging Workshops.
Watch out as dates for these are announced.

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Sky Diary for January 2017

by on Jan.01, 2017, under Astronomy Blog, Sky Diary

Happy New Year to you all.
My Sky Diary for January 2017 is now available for download.

Click HERE or on the image below to download it.

I will add more info and maps about some comets in the next couple of days.

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Adult Education Astronomy Classes.

by on Dec.22, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

I am pleased once again to be running some adult education classes in astronomy and astrophotography for Northamptonshire County Council next year.

A list of the first set of classes in the new year is listed here:

https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/EducationandLearning/adults/coursebooking/secure/Pages/searchresults.aspx?&category=Astronomy

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Sky Diary for December 2016

by on Nov.30, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

My Sky Diary for December 2016 is now available for free download from my Web site.
This includes details of two comets just starting to make an appearance, COMET 45P Honda-MrkosPajdusakova and COMET 2016 U1 NEOWISE. This last comet starts the month very close to the spiral galaxy M51 in Canes Venatici. I’ll post more details about both comets during the Christmas holiday.

Click here or on the image below to download the pdf.

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Talk Schedule for 2017

by on Nov.22, 2016, under 2017, Astronomy Blog, Talks

Thanks to everyone who has invited me up to do presentations for next year, especially those who have invited me back yet again. My talk schedule for 2017  is going to be very busy again, alongside my Adult Education Classes and I’ve even got two dates in the diary already booked for 2018.
I really do enjoy doing them and meeting up with great people, so if you are close to any of the events below, come along and say “Hello”.

11th January. – Hertford Astronomical Society – Astronomical Adventures in Tenerife.

25th January. – Bedford Astronomical Society – 30th Anniversary Meeting.

20th February. – Nene Valley Astronomical Society – Out of the Dark: Pluto and New Horizons.

6th March. – Hannington Vintage Tractor Club. – Hitch-Hiking on a Ray of Light: A Whistle Stop Tour of the Universe.

16th March. – Luton Astronomical Society. – National Science Week, School’s Outreach Event. A Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.

5th April. Bedford Wine & Social Group. – Hitch-Hiking on a Ray of Light: A Whistle Stop Tour of the Universe.

11th April – Little Stanion WI – The Space Race.

19th April. Towcester Camera Club. Astrophotography.

9th May. Leicester Astronomical Society. – Rosetta & Philae: From Concept to Reality.

14th May. Northampton Reptile Club. – A Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.

16th May. Northants Amateur Astronomers. – A Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.

21st May. Rugby & District Astronomical Society. – Rosetta & Philae: From Concept to Reality.

9th June. Breckland Astronomical Society. – Rosetta & Philae: From Concept to Reality.

12th June. King’s Lynne Astronomical Society. – Rosetta & Philae: From Concept to Reality.

18th July. Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society. What we learned from Comet ISON.

14th July. Coventry & Warwicks Astronomical Society. – A Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.

18th July. Stratford Astronomical Society. – What we learnt from Comet ISON.

1st August. Lincoln Astronomical Society. – Rosetta & Philae: From Concept to Reality.

15th September. Cambridge Astronomical Association. – Mars. The Red Planet.

29th September. Milton Keynes Astronomical Society. – Hitch-Hiking on a Ray of Light: A Whistle Stop Tour of the Universe.

5th October. Walsall Astronomical Society. A Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.

25th October. Bedford Astronomical Society.– A Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.

6th November. Wolverhampton Astronomical Society. – A Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.

10th November. Coventry & Warwicks Astronomical Society. A Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.

18th December. Chipping Norton Astronomy Group. A Celebration of Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.

2018
26th February. Retford & District Photographic Society. – Introduction to Astrophotography.

8th May. Rushden & District Photographic Society. Astrophotography.

15th May. Solent Astronomical Society. – Rosetta & Philae: From Concept to Reality.

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Solar Webcam Imaging Guide

by on Nov.20, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

The second of my printed astrophotography guides is now available.
A Guide to Taking and Processing Webcam Images: Solar Imaging.bookcoversolarwebcamfrontcover

This A5 sized guide takes you step-by-step through the techniques used when capturing detailed solar images of the full disk, surface features and prominences, using a Hydrogen-Alpha telescope.

Don’t have a H-Alpha, telescope?
The techniques covered in this solar webcam imaging guide are the same as those used when capturing white-light images.

This guide costs £7:00, plus £1:50 postage and packing.
(UK only).
Please contact me if overseas postage is required.

Click the Paypal Button below to order your copy of the Solar Webcam Imaging Guide, which will be sent out to you by first class post.

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Click here to order your Kindle copy.

After the first batch sold out, more printed copies of my first astrophotography guide have now been received.
A Guide to Stacking Images in Deep Sky Stacker: Deep Sky & Comet images. 

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This guide takes you through the technique of registering and stacking images using the free software, Deep Sky Stacker. Both static deep sky objects and moving comets are covered, as they are handled differently.

The Deep Sky Stacker Guide costs £7:00, plus £1:50 postage and packing (UK only).

Please contact me if overseas postage is required.

Click on the Paypal button below to order your copy of the Deep Sky Stacker Guide which will be sent to you via first class post.

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This guide is also available in Kindle format:

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More guides are being planned, so watch this space.

Want to buy both guides and save £2:00?

Order both guides for £12:00, plus £1:50 postage and packing.

Click the Paypal button below to buy both the Deep Sky Stacker and Solar Webcam Imaging guides at this combined price.

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