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, Space flight, Wildlife and Photography.
Within about 2 hours of my location in Northamptonshire.
These are not just static presentations, they include images, video and sound. True multi-media productions.
I have presented to local business and social groups as well as schools and youth organisations.
I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Education adapting my presentations to suit any audience.
How about arranging star party for your group?
We will stand out under the sky where 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.
Looking at the Rosetta Mission, capturing the excitement of November 12th when Philae “landed” on the comet and all the latest 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.
In the Footsteps of Piazzi Smyth: Amateur Observing in Tenerife.
My adventures as an amateur in Tenerife imaging the sky, following in the footsteps of Piazzi Smyth.
How to Get Started in Astronomy (The Painless Way).
Practical advice on starting out in astronomy and some of the pitfalls to avoid.
The History of Manned Spaceflight (The Space Race).
Man’s first steps into space with the culmination of the Apollo Lunar Landings.
Whales, Wildlife & The Quest for the Green Flash.
An extraordinary and unforgettable trip to Baja California Whale watching and touching.
Galapagos – In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin.
The wildlife and landscape of The Galapagos Islands.
The Cape Crusaders.
The American Manned Space Program, from Mercury to The Space Shuttle.
The Apollo Lunar Missions.
The history of the development of the Apollo Lunar Landings.
Mars: The Red Planet.
Past Observations and Robot Missions investigating the nature of The Red Planet.
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.
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 pioneers to the advances of CCD imaging.
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?
E Mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
Eagles Eye On The Sky.