My hands-on astronomy workshops have been extremely popular, as well as very rewarding to do.
With a lot of theory packed in all the workshops have a lot of hands-on content which aids the learning process and makes for an enjoyable day.
Places limited to 15 delegates so that I have as much time as needed to help everyone who attends.
All Workshops cost £30:00 for a whole day.
SOLAR IMAGING & OBSERVING
SATURDAY 3RD JUNE 2017
CHELVESTON VILLAGE HALL
Learn how to observe and image our nearest star.
Workshop will cover the equipment and accessories used, including white and narrow band light.
We will look at the software used to take the AVI’s and process them to produce the final image.
These include hands-on use of AutoStakkert!, Registak and some further image processing tips.
If weather allows we will also be out observing the Sun using the different types of equipment.
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PHOTOSHOP IMAGE PROCESSING
SATURDAY AUGUST 5TH 2017
CHELVESTON VILLAGE HALL
Learn how to use the tools in Photoshop to get the very best out of your astronomy images.
These include, curves, levels, layers and saturation and introduces you to some almost essential plug-ins.
All images will be supplied to practice the techniques shown and for you to take away after the day.
Photoshop is essential, so you will need to have a copy of this on your laptop for the day.
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28TH OCTOBER 2017
HIGHAM FERRERS HOPE METHODIST CHURCH
Learn all about telescopes, the many accessories used and how to use them effectively.
We will cover collimation and help you get yours collimated correctly.
Learn more about the different types of mounts, setting one up and getting them controlled by computer.
All the software (where free) will be supplied on the day for you to use and take away.
Bring in your telescopes and accessories to get the very best from this hands-on workshop.
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LUNAR AND PLANETARY IMAGING
25TH NOVEMBER 2017
HIGHAM FERRERS HOPE METHODIST CHURCH
Learn how to use a DSLR and Webcam to take high resolution images of our nearest neighbours.
We will look at the types of scopes, cameras and software used to take the videos.
Use AutoStakkert! and Registax to process the images.
Then use Photoshop for the final polish.
All the software (where free) and practice images will be supplied on the day for you to use and take away.
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SO YOU GOT A TELESCOPE FOR CHRISTMAS – WHAT NOW?
17TH FEBRUARY 2018
CHELVESTON VILLAGE HALL
Got a new telescope for Christmas? Feeling a bit daunted by it and don’t know what to look at?
Bring it along to this hands-on workshop to learn all about our fantastic hobby.
This workshop is aimed primarily at someone starting out in astronomy.
I’ll show you how to find your way a round the sky and what to look at.
I’ll also show you how to set your telescope up and the different accessories that are available.
You will then be able to get the very best out of your telescope.
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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.
8th May. Rushden & District Photographic Society. Astrophotography.
15th May. Solent Astronomical Society. – Rosetta & Philae: From Concept to Reality.
Thank you to my fabulous audience and readers for the great comments below that I have received about my presentations, books and workshops:
“I found your book very useful as I don’t have enough time to learn Pixinsight. Reprocessing with your Photoshop tips and tricks really improved my images.”
“I attended one of these workshops last year, and have booked in the January workshop as a refresher, as it is such good value for money. A few years ago I attended a 3hr night photography class by someone in Milton Keynes for £60, so a full day of expert Astrophotography tuition and hands on practical exercises is incredible value for money. (Glad I’ve already booked before saying this…)”
“Compliments on it Dave, well written, well explained.”
“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.”
” I was there, and it was great. Thank you Dave, very well delivered and informative!”
“Dave’s enthusiasm and knowledge is infectious. Willing to help and answer any question”.
“Great to see you again and brilliant talk on Saturday morning, great start to the day’s activities!” Paul Money – Horncastle Astronomy Weekend.
“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”.
“Thoroughly enjoyed last night (Thumbs Up!).”
“So did I Dave Eagle always delivers doesn’t he”.
“I was worried for people’s anatomy during the target practice. (Not as much as they were.)”.
“Brilliant talk last eve Dave – loved the Newton law demos”.
“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.”
“Really found your course interesting and I understand more things 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”.
“Really enjoyed today, thanks Dave. Feeling even more inspired now!”
“Thanks for a fantastic talk as always Dave – and I now know comet nomenclature! Bonus!”
“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.”
“Wow, that was some talk last night. Our members were certainly buzzing with enthusiasm about it and very complimentary about your delivery. Thank you for a very entertaining and informative evening.”
“Dave Eagle’s “From Casual Stargazer to Amateur Astronomer” is a truly wonderful book, a guiding hand that will lead you from losing hope in ever observing anything interesting again, to being inspired and motivated to observe anything and everything and to really observe it and not just look at it”. Review on Astromadness.com
“Dave Eagle’s, ‘From Casual Stargazer to Amateur Astronomer’ is a truly wonderful book … to being inspired and motivated to observe anything and everything and to really observe it and not just look at it. It functions exceedingly well at really showing the reader how to go from basics to paying close attention to what, when and how you observe and record. Highly recommended!”
“I have read it twice now and I must say that it is simply the most valuable book I have read on the topic so far. Many thanks for lighting the way!”.
“I would like to thank you on behalf of our members for an interesting, stimulating and a beautifully presented lecture”.
“Thanks for a fantastic talk, a really good presentation last week, I’m sure all enjoyed it. Have a good Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year. P.S. See you next year”.
“Fantastic talk tonight on Rosetta & Philae lander, really enjoyed it!”
“Thank you so much for that amazing talk last night “.
“Fantastic talk from @DaveEagle45 about Rosetta & the plucky lander Philae. So much more science still to come from the mission too!”
“Excellent talk as always from
@DaveEagle45 last night. Looking forward to see you at our local club sometime soon”.
“A fantastic talk tonight about Rosetta”.
“I thought I would drop you a quick message to thank you for your talk last week. I found it most interesting and it reinvigorated my waning interest in image processing.”
“…as is always expected from Dave, exceptionally researched. The visuals and facts presented were a reflection of Dave’s enthusiasm for the subject”.
“Just a quick note to say thanks for a very informative and entertaining evening last Thursday. It went down a storm. Members comments were very positive, and everyone could appreciate the amount of work that goes into such a presentation, which you obviously enjoy delivering”.
“Great talk tonight by Dave Eagle. Facts delivered with plenty of stunning photographs, video clips and humour”.
“Just a brief message to thank you for your fantastic talk tonight. We have had many memorable speakers over the years and your presentation was most definitely in that category. Your enthusiasm was very evident and I can honestly tell you that it ended far too soon. Thanks for a riveting talk and hope to see you back again”.
“Just thought I would thank you for your talk on Tuesday, one of the best and informative talks we have had. Thanks hope to see you in the future”.
“Dear Dave, Excellent talk and I’d like to book you for later in the year”.
“I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Society, in thanking you very much for coming along to give an excellent, interesting and entertaining presentation”.
“Just to say thank you for a very interesting and enjoyable talk last night, you mentioned that you have other talks in your repertoire, could you please email details of them for possible future visits”.
“Dave was absolute rubbish! He knew nothing about astrology, and couldn’t tell my fortune!”.
OK, OK, so I made this last one up; but the others are real comments that have been sent to me or posted on social media.
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”.
6th January – Open University Astronomy Club.
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.
27th May – Bedford Astronomical Society.
11th June – Cardiff Astronomical Society.
23rd June – Leicester Astronomical Society.
6th August – Wallsall Astronomical Society.
26th August – Bedford Astronomical Society.
1st September – Open University Astronomy Club.
1st October – Harleston Women’s Institute, Near Northampton.
1st October – Nene Valley Astronomical Society.
10th October – Stanion Stargazers Cosmocamp Mini Expo.
26th October – Wolverhampton Astronomical Society.
9th December – Worksop & District Photographic Society.
13th January – Hertford Astronomy group.
25th February – Luton Astronomical Society.
18th March – Milton Keynes Astronomical Society.
19th April – Olney & District Historical Society.
12th october – Hertford Astronomy group.
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 standard charges are £45 per presentation plus travelling expenses.
These are not just static picture presentations, most 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 also organise and run Adult education astronomy courses and can run 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 Science 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:
|Celebrate Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.
A fun and informative evening looking at Tim’s mission to the ISS, using a multi-media and audience interactive presentation.
|Out of the Darkness:
Pluto & New Horizons.
A historical look at our lost planet and all the latest results from the fantastic mission of NASA’s New Horizons encounter with Pluto and its moons.
|Rosetta & Philae. From Concept to Reality.
An overview of the Rosetta Mission, capturing the excitement of November 12th 2014 when Philae “landed” on the comet and all the latest images and results from Comet 67P.
|Why The Universe doesn’t give a Fig about you.
Looking at the unlikely circumstances of life on Earth developing and the prevalent conditions in the universe that make our very existence extremely precarious.
|A Whistle-Stop Tour of the Universe: (Hitch-Hiking on a Ray of Light)
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 is there to show some wonderful images?
|Comets, Enigmatic and Beautiful Visitors.
A look at comets in history now all the hype has died along with the destruction of “The Comet of the Century” 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: Astronomical Adventures 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 emotional, extraordinary and unforgettable boat trip around Baja California and the Sea of Cortez Whale watching A most touching experience in more ways than one.
|Galapagos – In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin.
The wildlife and landscape of The Galapagos Islands and problems caused by Mans invasion of these remote, isolated and 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 people say that the Apollo Astronauts didn’t actually 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.
As a very young boy 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 built some wonderful friendships. It has been a successful and flourishing society ever since. I am also a member of Northampton Natural History Society and am involved in organising their events.
I was Editor of the Handbook of the Federation of Astronomical Societies for a few years and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1996.
I have been the lead astronomer for Hale-Bopp and Aurora flights for members of the public.
I have a degree in Biology, also training as a science teacher, obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I am currently working as an IT Administrator, also dabbling at times in my old role as a Research Scientist for a small diagnostics company in Thurleigh, Bedfordshire.
I spend a lot of my spare time observing and imaging, when clouds allow. When they don’t allow, it gives me time to hone my skills using software to get the most from my hard-earned 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. A trip to Iceland enabled us to see the fantastic volcanic landscape as well as the northern lights in all their glory.
I have 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 that drive other observers / imagers to give up.
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 I was proud to have my first astronomy book published by Springer.
I also give talks and presentations 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 and am a STEMNET Ambassador.
I have also organised a number of Astronophotography Workshops and hosted an evening to celebrate Tim Peake’s Principia Mission to the ISS.
I am also an astronomy and astrophotography tutor for Adult Education for Northamptonshire Council.
Not only restricted to astronomy, I also have wildlife and photography presentations that I give to other interested groups.
I can organise a trip to schools with interactive sessions and seeing the Sun in Hydrogen Alpha light and decorating and launching fizzy-pop bottle rockets.
I especially enjoy trying to get others to get out and appreciate the sky and all its wonders under a clear sky.
I can also organise these for your social group or school.
But that’s enough about me.
Astronomy like all hobbies should be fun. So get out in the fresh air and enjoy it.
Keep Looking Up!
Want to get in touch?
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Eagles Eye On The Sky.