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Deep Sky Stacker Guide – More Coming Soon.

by on Oct.20, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

Thank you very, very much to everyone who purchased my booklet,
A Guide to Stacking Images in Deep Sky Stacker.

There are only a few printed copies left now, but good news, I have ordered some more (with some minor re-writing) which are now on their way.

This A5 sized guide takes you step-by-step through the technique of stacking deep sky and comet images shown during my hugely successful astrophotography workshops earlier in the year.bookcoverdssstackingcrop

The guide costs £7:00, plus £1:50 postage and packing.
(UK Only). Please contact me if overseas for postage costs.

Click on the Paypal button below to order your copy which will be sent to you by first class post.


This guide is also available in Kindle format:

Click here to order your Kindle copy.

To be published next month:
A guide to taking and processing webcam images: S
olar Imaging.
Now available for pre-order. £7:00. Save the £1:50 in postage if you pre-order before it’s published. Click on the Paypal button below to pre-order. It should be available mid November and will be sent out to you via first class post as soon as the printed copies arrive.PaypalButton


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International Astronomy Show

by on Oct.19, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

I was lucky enough to stand in for Andy Green and take his Stardome Planetarium to the International Astronomy Show on the 14th & 15th of October. Sue courageously helped me over the two days. It’s surprising how sitting and standing around for hours on end, in between the planetarium shows is so knackering. While we were these our @Flightsuit_Tim was accosted by the organisers and went on tour of the stands.

Below are some of the pictures.

A great couple of days where we met lots of really nice people and enjoyed the two days.

Next stop, Starfest in North Essex.

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Kelling Images – Finally processed.

by on Oct.13, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

I finally got a few minutes to process the few images I took on Friday night at Kelling on the 30th of September.
Pity the clouds kept interfering.
Trouble is I spent more time doing visual observing when it was clear and socialising when it was rainy.
Best of all worlds.

I used the individual images taken that night to make Startrails, a Stacked Image and a movie.

Now to get packed up ready for running Andy Green’s Stardome Planetarium at the International Astronomy Show tomorrow. Should be a great couple of days.


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Rosetta and Philae Presentation – The Final Cut?

by on Oct.08, 2016, under Astronomy Blog


After the triumphant and dramatic finish to the Rosetta mission last week, I am gathering images and video for the final touches to my presentation and finishing video highlighting this spectacular mission.


Having followed this mission so avidly and for so long, even managing to capture it as a couple of streaks on camera as it shot past for a gravity assist after a year in space in 2005, I have been quite surprised at how emotional I feel now this mission has ended. Or should I be?

What a spectacular mission it has been. Hats off to everyone who has been involved in orchestrating this fantastic achievement and the spectacular outreach with the “Once upon a time” videos. That’s the true nature of humanity, not what we have to put up with on the news every day.

Showing the stark beauty of comet 67P’s geologically diverse nucleus, the brilliant achievement of the mission and being able to share that with in a fun way with so many people these past couple of years has made the whole mission come even more alive for me. I will miss reading the Rosetta blog to add the latest updates, although I’m sure some new science results and hi-resolution OSIRIS images will be released at some point, so my presentation may not be quite finished yet.

So if your local astronomical club haven’t booked me for this presentation yet, what are you waiting for?
And if I have already been, how about me coming back and finishing this wonderful story?

Rosetta & Philae, rest in peace on your rubber duck. You deserve it.


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Planetarium at IAS – 14th and 15th of October.

by on Oct.06, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

I am looking forward to standing in for Andy Green when I will be taking his Stardome Planetarium to the International Astronomy Show Friday and Saturday the 14th & 15th of October. Andy will be away chasing the northern lights in Iceland. Again!timpeakscreenshot

Underneath a darkened night sky I’ll be giving audiences an overview of the brightest constellations in the night sky, pointing out and showing some of the fantastic objects we can find nestled amongst the stars.

As if that wasn’t enough, to follow I will then take them on a trip into orbit, up to visit the International Space Station with none other that Tim Peake. (His narration, not in person, unfortunately).

Using full-dome video to really make you feel like you’re really there, it will be a truly immersive and thrilling experience.

So if you are planning to attend the show, come along and say “Hello”.
If you buy a ticket for the planetarium show, thank you very much and I hope you enjoy what I have in store for you.

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Sky Diary for the coming month.

by on Sep.28, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

My  small printable Sky Diary and Eagleseye Google Calendar showing all the coming celestial events are now available below:


Click here to go to my Google Calendar of Celestial events.

Any questions, comments or have I made a mistake? E Mail me: (Dave@eagleseye.me.uk).

For the latest news and events, more details, keep (BIG) Bang up to date on my Blog by clicking the button below: 

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All times UT (BST) Unless otherwise stated.

Thank you for visiting my site, I hope you have found it of interest.

If you have, or even if you have not liked me, please let me know so I can keep making improvements:

Dave Eagle FRAS

Eagles Eye On The Sky.

Eagleseye Observatory. Higham Ferrers, UK.

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Some deep sky objects. 7th September 2016.

by on Sep.25, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

After installing the pier recently, I didn’t have to wait too long for some clear skies to test everything out. So best get out there and make sure everything works as well as I hoped. It’s quite amazing how much more room you get in the observatory without the tripod legs getting in the way.

The thick crescent Moon was visible, so I started with that. Thin cloud tried to spoil the image, but I pressed on regardless. It was quite low in the sky as well only just above the neighbours rooftop. z75_0780-12As the Moon got lower I started to concentrate on some deep sky objects. I started with some nice open star clusters and bright star portraits, which should image reasonably well even in the Moonlight.
First target was M71 located in Sagitta.

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This lovely open cluster lies about 12,000 light years from Earth.

Next target was the lovely double star Albireo in Cygnus. The contrasting colours of the two stars so pronounced in the eyepiece. Always a spectacular object to show to people and get them to tell you what colours they see.

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The next target was the beautiful open cluster in Cassiopeia NGC 457, The Owl Cluster.

This wonderful cluster is composed of two bright stars marking the owls two alert eyes. The wings are outstretched as it flies across the the field of view. Stunning!

The next object was the planetary nebula M57, The Ring Nebula. This favourite Messier object looks just like a smoke ring frozen in space. Pity it is such a small object.

Last but not least I turned my attention to another planetary nebula, M27, The Dumbbell Nebula. Located in the constellation of Vulpecula, it lies 1,360 light years away from Earth. Showing a distinct apple core shape, the central star producing the bubble of gas is extremely difficult to observe directly, unless you have a very large telescope.

During this series of exposures a northbound plane tried to photobomb the Dumbbell.


All in all a great evening, but I had to shut up fairly early as I had work the next morning.

The pier and all the equipment seems to be working extremely well, so I now feel I am ready for the coming observing season. Bring it on.


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Bring on the dark skies. Installing a Pier.

by on Sep.25, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

After almost 12 years of negotiating tripod legs in a cramped observatory, I felt that the time was right to make the step of getting a pier installed in the observatory. I commissioned Brian Brooks at Astroparts to build the pier. And what a fantastic job he made of it as well. pierinstalled1pierwrappedJust four drill holes and bolts later it was installed nicely into the dome and bubble levelled. That evening also gave me an hour of clear skies, so I also managed to get it all polar aligned that night. Now I’m all ready for the coming observing and imaging season which is almost upon us. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long to test it all out.


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Deep Sky Stacker Booklet

by on Sep.22, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

I have now received printed copies of my first astrophotography booklet.
A Guide to Stacking Images in Deep Sky Stacker.

This A5 sized guide takes you step-by-step through the technique of stacking deep sky and comet images shown during my highly successful astrophotography workshops earlier in the year.bookcoverdssstackingcrop

The guide costs £7:00, plus £1:50 postage and packing (UK Only).
Please contact me if overseas.

Click on the Paypal link below to order your copy which will be sent to you by first class post.




The guide is also available in Kindle format:

Click here to order your Kindle copy

More guides are being planned, so watch this space.


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Guide to Deep Sky Stacker.

by on Sep.11, 2016, under Astronomy Blog

Following on from my very successful astrophotography workshop earlier this year, I have been busy writing guides to support the techniques covered that were covered during the day.bookcoverdssstackingcrop

The first edition A Guide to Stacking Images in Deep Sky Stacker has just been published in Kindle format:

Click here to order your copy

Printed copies will be available very soon.




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