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Little Stanion Women’s Institute – 9th February 2015.

by on Feb.07, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

On Tuesday the 9th of February I will be taking Little Stanion Women’s Institute on a trip across the universe.
I will be presenting my Whistle-Stop Tour of the Universe (Hitch-Hiking on a Ray of Light) to them.
So strap yourselves in and get ready for a journey that really is out of this world.
It’s really just a really good excuse to show some beautiful images of our wonderful universe.

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Astrophotography Workshop – 9th of April.

by on Feb.05, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

Thank you to everyone who booked the first Astrophotography Workshop.
As a result it is now fully booked.

But, I am pleased to announce the second date has finally been organised.

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New 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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Thursday 4th February 2016 – Nene Valley Astronomical Society.

by on Feb.03, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

On Thursday the 4th of February I will be giving my Introduction to Astrophotography Presentation to my old friends and neighbouring club, Nene Valley Astronomical Society.
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This meeting is at Sudborough Village Hall.

Sudborough Village Hall is located on the Main Street in Sudborough. Postcode NN14 3BX.

The meeting starts at 8:00pm. So if you’re in the area, come along and say “Hello”.

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Tuesday 2nd February 2016 – Cranfield Astronomical Society

by on Feb.01, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

On Tuesday the 2nd of February I will be giving my Introduction to Astrophotography Presentation to Cranfield Astronomical Society.
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The group meet at Cranfield University in Wharley End.

The meeting starts at 7:30pm. So if you’re in the area, come along and say “Hello”.

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Sky Diary for February 2016

by on Jan.31, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

My Sky Diary for February 2016 has now been published giving  full details of all the celestial events worth looking out for this coming month. Comet C/2013 US10 is now starting to fade, but changes have been seen in the two tails it sports. Full sky maps of its location throughout the month are included. Don’t forget the Google Calendar as well.

All my Sky Diaries are free to download and consult, and always will be.

http://www.eagleseye.me.uk/SkyDiary.html
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There is a small printable version and a much longer version with full graphics and maps, both of which are available for free download from my Web site.

http://www.eagleseye.me.uk/SkyDiary.html

So get out there, enjoy and Keep Looking up!

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Paul Money – In fine form.

by on Jan.28, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

The inimitable Paul Money was on fine form last night at Bedford Astronomical Society last night.
here he is in full flow presenting his Images of the Universe (Vol. 1).
It’s been a while since Paul visited Bedford so it was good to catch up with him again.

See you again soon Paul.
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Paul Money – Bedford AS. 27th January 2016

by on Jan.26, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

Tomorrow evening 27th of January, Paul Money will be presenting his “Images of the Universe” to Bedford Astronomical Society. Meeting will be held in the theatre in Bedford School, entrance in Burnaby Road, off De Parys Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2TU. Meeting starts at 7:30pm. All welcome. Will be good to catch up with Paul again.

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Near Full Moon Blues? I just don’t have the time.

by on Jan.23, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

Usually around this time of the month when the Moon starts to shine brightly and flood everything out, I get the Full Moon blues. It usually stops me getting out there and seeing and imaging faint stuff. But it appears that something else is preventing that at the moment, so I’m lucky the two events coincide.

Just after I launched my Astrophotography Workshop (Plug, plug! Only a very few spaces left now) I was also asked to do some adult education astronomy classes for the local council.

So, as well as putting the final touches to my astrophotography workshop, I am now also busy writing a beginners astronomy course. So the bright Moon can quietly get on and do its thing out there while I’ve got my nose hard to the grindstone putting together some interesting and engaging courses.

It’s hard work deciding what and what not to include, but when it’s finished and I can present them to other people, I know that it’s going to be an extremely rewarding experience and hopefully encourage a few more people to take up this wonderful hobby.

When I’ve finished writing presentations and exercises, the Moon will once again be out of the way, we’ll have clear skies (fingers crossed) and I’ll have time to get back out there.D30_3673

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Astrophotography Workshop – Only a few places left.

by on Jan.17, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

There are only a few spaces left on this first workshop. I have now restricted it to 15 participants to make sure I have time to help everyone on the day. So book now to secure your place.

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After a number of very successful astrophotography demonstrations at different astronomical societies over the last couple of years, and following constant requests from my local astronomical society I am very pleased to announce that I will be starting a series of public all-day Astrophotography Workshops.

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Date: 20th February 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).

Cost: £25.

The day is now limited to 15 attendees. So first come, first served.
Please use the Paypal button below to secure your place.





Look out for more dates as these are announced.
If you would lie me to organise an astrophotography workshop at a suitable venue closer to you, 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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Carolian Astronomy Society – Saturday 16th January 2016

by on Jan.15, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

Tomorrow I will be presenting my popular presentation:
Rosetta & Philae: From Concept To Reality during the 10th anniversary celebration of The Carolian Astronomy Society.

I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and having an afternoon of spaceflight, enjoying other talks by:

Jerry Stone from Spaceflight UK: “Is Pluto a Planet”.

Professor Andy Newsam from “The Schools Observatory“/Liverpool John Moors University on “Things that go bang in the night”.

Despite Philae almost certainly lost now, there is still a lot of information coming back from Rosetta before its finale of “landing” on the comet this September and 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.

The event starts at 13:00h and goes on until 18:00, with observing in the evening, if clear.
Venue:
Oldfield Hall,
King Charles 1st School,
Comberton Road,
KIDDERMINSTER.
DY10 1XA

Admission is free and open to all.

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