Wow! What a busy few weeks it’s been.
Bookings for my presentations have been flooding in for this year.
Below is my current list of bookings for this year, so if you’re near any of these, come along, enjoy my presentation and say “Hello”.
5th February – Peterborough Astronomical Society.
6th February – Stanion Stargazers.
13th February – Coventry & Warwickshire Astronomical Society.
25th February – Sawtry Astronomical Society.
17th March – Northants Amateur Astronomers.
18th March – North Essex Astronomical Society.
31st March – Birmingham Astronomical Society.
7th April – Lincoln Astronomical Society.
15th May – Cambridge Astronomical Association.
11th June – Cardiff Astronomical Society.
23rd June – Leicester Astronomical Society.
1st September – Open University Astronomy Club.
26th October – Wolverhampton Astronomical Society.
9th December – Worksop & District Photographic Society.
My Observers guide to Comet ISON for later this year and into 2014 has just been published.
It is currently available on Amazon Kindle download:
Containing maps and charts to help you find the comet while observing and costing less than a pint of beer, how could you not?
I am willing to attend local clubs and other organisations to give talks and presentations on the subjects of Astronomy, Finding your way around the sky, Practical Astronomical Observing, Astrophotography and Space flight.
I also have some talks covering Natural History and Photography.
I am usually visit places within about 2 hours drive of my home in Northamptonshire, although I will travel further on request.
My charges are £30 per talk plus petrol expenses.
These are not just static picture presentations, many of my talks also include video and sound.
Truly multi-media productions.
As well as local astronomical societies I have presented to local business and social groups as well as schools and youth organisations.
I can also organise hands-on activities for schools to enhance classroom lessons to meet the current Earth & Sky curriculum, or just for fun.
I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and am able to adapt my presentations to suit any audience.
How about arranging star party for your group?
I can visit your location where we can stand out under the night sky.
I can point out some of our wonderful heavenly objects and show you them through a portable telescope.
If it’s cloudy I have plenty of presentations showing the night sky in all its glory.
My current presentations include:
|Rosetta & Philae. From Concept to Reality.
An overview of the Rosetta Mission, capturing the excitement of November 12th 2015 when Philae “landed” on the comet and all the latest images and results from Comet 67P.
|Hitch-Hiking on a Ray of Light: A Whistle-Stop Tour of the Universe.
A journey out from the Earth out to the very edge of our observable universe, visiting objects of interest along the way.
What better excuse excuse to show some wonderful images?
|Comets, Enigmatic and Beautiful Visitors.
A look at comets in history and now all the hype has died along with the comet, what did we learn from Comet ISON?
|Piazzi Smyth and his High Altitude Tenerife Observatory.
The changing life of Piazzi Smyth and his trip to Tenerife to study the night sky “above the Grosser Clouds”
|In the Footsteps of Piazzi Smyth: Amateur Observing in Tenerife.
My adventures as an amateur astronomer in Tenerife imaging the sky, following in the footsteps of Charles Piazzi Smyth.
|The Voyager Missions: From Earth to Eternity.
A look at the spectacular Voyager Missions and the wonderful pictures and invaluable science they sent back from the outer planets and beyond.
| How to Get Started in Astronomy.
(The Painless Way).
Practical advice on starting out in Astronomy and some of the pitfalls to avoid along the way.
|The History of Manned Space flight (The Space Race).
Man’s first steps into space, The race against the USSR and USA with the culmination of the spectacular Apollo Lunar Landings.
|Whales, Wildlife & The Quest for the Green Flash.
An extraordinary and unforgettable boat trip around Baja California and the Sea of Cortez Whale watching and a most touching experience.
|Galapagos – In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin.
The wildlife and landscape of The Galapagos Islands and problems from Man’s invasion of these stunning volcanic islands.
|The Cape Crusaders.
The American Manned Space Program, from the original Mercury Seven astronauts through Apollo to The Space Shuttle.
|The Apollo Moon Missions.
The history of the development and spectacular achievements of the of the Apollo Lunar Landings.
|Mars: The Red Planet.
Past Earth observations and Robot Missions investigating the nature of The Red Planet.
|Digitally Enhancing Astronomical Images.
Taking astrophotography a little further, using a driven telescope and more advanced image processing techniques.
| The History of Astrophotography.
Looking at the advances of astrophotography from early photographic pioneers to the advances of modern CCD imaging.
| The Great Apollo Lunar Hoax (Did they really land on the Moon?).
Investigating the evidence given to show why the Apollo Astronauts didn’t visit the Moon.
|Basic DSLR Astrophotography.
Demonstration of easy beginners astrophotography and some simple image processing.
Please contact me for further information or to arrange your talk.
Eagleseye Observatory is a private observatory dedicated to viewing and imaging the night sky (or even the day sky) when the British weather system allows.
The Observatory is situated in the town of Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.
Despite being situated on a housing estate and coupled with light pollution from nearby Wellingborough and Kettering, a surprising amount of astronomy and imaging is still possible from this location.
The observatory has excellent horizons towards the South and West being situated as it is on the side of a valley.
Eagleseye Observatory is dedicated to bringing the universe to the public.
Dave Eagle, the owner of the observatory, has for decades written a monthly guide to the night sky called “Eagles Eye On The Sky”.
This web-based guide is written from a British perspective, but is visited and enjoyed by observers from around the globe.
Its origin is due to the regular contribution to Bedford Astronomical Societies Newsletter, being the regular center spread article, since 1987.
Eagles Eye On The Sky.
I have been interested in astronomy since I can remember. I used to gaze up at the night sky and wonder how it all fitted together. That puzzle didn’t start to unravel properly until the age of 9 when I suddenly “discovered” The Plough for myself. Once I had a start on the sky I gradually learnt my way around the visible constellations and learning the positions of all the “Celestial Lollypops” like the Messier objects. I started observing with some old 10×50 binoculars gradually moving onto a small refractor bought by my parents for Christmas. Living in North London I first met other kindred souls at South West Herts Astronomy Society but the distance of their meetings and being too young to drive, meant I could only attend a few meetings. One look at Saturn through their large reflector had me hooked even more. I was also a member of Hampstead Scientific Society for a while and was an assistant at their observatory on the heath using a fabulous 6″ Cooke refractor. From my time here I learnt a lot from other members. As a teenager my attention was directed elsewhere but my interest in astronomy was rekindled in 1985 when, as a newly married man and with my daughter well on the way, Halley’s comet returned and I bought my first serious scope, a 3 inch refractor.
In 1987, tired of observing all on my own, I established the Bedford Astronomical Society where I made some wonder friendships.
It has been a successful and flourishing society ever since.
I am also a member of Northampton Natural History Society.
I was Editor of the Handbook of the Federation of Astronomical Societies for a few years and elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1996.
I have a degree in Biology, also training as a science teacher, obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
I am currently working as a Research Scientist for a small diagnostics company in Thurleigh, Bedfordshire with a long period of looking after their IT infrastructure and also doing IT stuff for our parent company.
I spend a lot of my spare time observing and imaging, trying to learn how to use software to process my images.
My other interests are other disciplines in science as well as Natural History and Photography
My wife and I enjoy travelling and we have been fortunate enough to enjoy amongst other things seeing exotic wildlife in The Galapagos Islands and the life-changing experience of petting Gray Whales in calm, warm sea-water lagoons in Mexico. Both locations a naturalists and photographers paradise.
The darkness of the night skies in the Sea of Cortez were also fantastic.
I have now established my own permanent observatory where the convenience of opening up and almost instantly observing makes the hobby even more enjoyable and convenient. Unfortunately living where I do provides me with a constant battle against the scourge of light pollution. Two street lights that shine directly into the garden give me lots of grief.
But I am still amazed at times how much I can achieve, even with these obvious limitations.
I have written articles for many of the British astronomy publications and supplied images to illustrate astronomy articles for photographic magazines.
I have also appeared regularly on local radio discussing many different aspects of astronomy.
In 2013 my first astronomy book was published by Springer.
I also give talks and lectures on astronomy and space flight to schools, social groups, youth groups and astronomical societies or anyone else who is interested in finding out more about the night sky.
I especially enjoy trying to get others to get out and appreciate the sky and all its wonders.
Astronomy like all hobbies should be fun. So just get out and enjoy it.
Want to get in touch?
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Eagles Eye On The Sky.