Telescope Workshop – 18th February 2017.

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Following my Astrophotography Workshops, I am pleased to announce that I have now finalised details for a telescope workshop to be held in Higham Ferrers.

For details of my Astrophotography Workshop on the 28th of January click here.

D30_3673Details of the content covered in this hands-on workshop are further down the page.

Date: 18th February 2017.
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm.
Venue: Hope Methodist Church,
Linnets Lane,
Higham Ferrers.
NN10 8DE.
(Just off Queensway).

Cost: £30.

The day is limited to 15 attendees, so I can give quality time to each delegate as required.

This workshop  will involve lots of hands-on telescope setting up and collimating, so please bring in your telescopes and all accessories for guidance and advice. If you want to get your mount computer controlled bringing a laptop in with your mount would be a good idea as well.
Please Note: The software used for setting up a computer controlled mount can be either Windows or Apple Mac. I will bring in everything you should need.

Click on the Paypal button below to secure your place.


Telescope Workshop Outline
I will adapt the workshop according to the attendees needs on the day, but below is the overall outline of the day and the subjects I intend to cover:
Features of a Telescope. – Different types of telescopes, how they work and why different types of telescopes are used for different types of objects.
Telescope Accessories. – Eyepieces, Barlow Lenses, Focal Reducers/Extenders, Coma Correctors.
Telescope Mounts. –  Alt-azimuth to Equatorial mounts. Including setting up and polar alignment. 
Collimating a Telescope. – How to collimate a telescope to get the very best image possible.
Starting Telescopic Astrophotography. 
– Accessories required to attach a camera and the different types of cameras to help you make a start in astrophotography.
Getting your Mount Computer Controlled. –  Setting up ASCOM, EQMOD and your favourite planetarium software to drive your telescope.

I will always take the requirements of the delegates into account and will try and cover anything related that they would like to know more about upon request. So just ask.

As part of the workshop I will be supplying all the software for this hands-on workshops for delegates to take away. Hopefully we’ll get everything installed and working on the day anyway.

A big part of the day will be to discuss and look at your particular telescope and mount, discussing and looking at resolving any issues that you may currently have.

You will need to bring your own packed lunch on the day, although we are just around the corner from the local shops, where most items can be purchased.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and cake will be available on the day for donations to raise money for our local breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.

Here’s what people have said about my previous courses:

“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.”
“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”.
“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.”
“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”.
“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.”

More workshops, including a Solar Viewing and Imaging Workshop to be held on the 25th of March, will be announced as soon as the venue has been confirmed.

If you would like me to organise an astronomical workshop for your astronomical society at a suitable venue closer to you, please let me know.

Conjunction over Dome

To be held on March 25th:
Solar Viewing and Imaging Workshop.
Details to be announced as soon as the venue has been confirmed.


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