Thank you to my fabulous audience, readers and delegates for the great comments below sent to me about my presentations, books, workshops and school visits.
“I though that this book was one of the best I have ever read on the subject.
While the process is quite a technical one, the author uses very simple language and excellent illustrations to demonstrate the techniques involved.
Overall, I thought that this book was the best introduction to astrophotography image processing which I have ever read.
Many books on the subject are very technical and leave the reader blinded with science.
However, this title gets straight to the point and gave me quite a few ideas following a quick read.”
“I honestly think they’re the best thing I’ve seen for beginners in 4 years of looking”
“Great books mine are now falling apart with use.”
“Honestly, without exaggeration, it was like a dream come true to have the Photoshop workflow all set out and to have something to practise on. It’s neat, concise, easy to understand and it was like a lightbulb going off!!!! I honestly can’t thank you enough for this – WHY hasn’t anyone said it like this without droning on and on and confuddling my brain, before you and the sheer EFFECTIVE simplicity of these guides? I can’t even begin to tell you how it’s just all of a sudden been made so clear. Thanks a million for everything Dave – you’ve made a difference.I’d like to say how much I enjoyed your talk and how helpful I find the guides – am not joking but they’re a beginners dream!!!! ”
“These are excellent books especially for the beginner. Even I understand them. 🧐”
“They are great walkthroughs for getting good results.”
“Story of Rosetta and Philae so brilliantly re-told. Thoroughly enjoyed your informative and interesting presentation.”
“Cheers Dave, brilliant course, it’s given my older images a real boost of a revisit ;).”
“Following a brilliant advanced Photoshop course (thanks
@DaveEagle45 ) I’ve started reworking some images I have taken.”
“Excellent all round. Very enjoyable session.”
“Thoroughly enjoyable day.”
“Dave came to our Space Day in February and it was absolutely fantastic. He did Planetarium shows for each class of the school which were all tailored to the age group and previous learning of the groups, a brilliant STEM assembly to the whole school and a bottle rocket workshop for our KS2. All of the children were excited and engaged throughout and were all in awe of the wonderful pictures and videos that Dave showed them. They have not stopped talking about Space Day since and we can’t wait to have Dave back again as soon as possible! We cannot recommend Dave highly enough – Thank you for such a totally fantastic day!”
“Very many thanks for your time today. An excellent course, well presented and well delivered.”
“Thank you so much for your assembly and workshop yesterday. The children were really buzzing about it and have been talking about all the facts they learned, as well as about how much fun they had! We are all very grateful to you for giving your time to get our Space Week started in such an exciting way!”
“Your book has been brill, this is the area I really struggled in over the last couple of years with Photoshop and have spent a few nights getting my head round it all, easy to follow and understand.”
“Dave’s talks are great fun. Make sure you make an opportunity to hear him talk.”
“Thanks Dave for an excellent evening of fun and learning. We’ll invite you back soon.”
“Good talk thoroughly enjoyed”
“I found the day extremely useful and your approach to stacking and processing is indeed “Keep it simple”. I would definitely recommend that students purchase your low priced processing guides to remind them of the steps involved. The images that you supply to practice upon cover the main steps and are good to work on. All in all a very enjoyable day”
“A great evening was had by all! Many thanks to Dave Eagle for his fantastic planetarium show”
“Highly recommended to see Dave’s planetarium show! “
“Dave I have read the first 100 pages and surprisingly for me, I understood nearly all the concepts – which I have attributed to your fine authorship rather than any keen perception on my part. A superb book which I will recommend to any newcomer to the hobby”
“I’ve got the book it is excellent!!! I have been looking for something like this for ages”
“Dave came to do a session with the Brownies for our Stargazing badge this February. I can highly recommend him (and Tim Peake)”
“It was the first time I saw my friend Dave Eagle do his Tim Peake talk. What a corker that was especially the audience participation 😃”
“The talk included Dave’s expert visuals and some enhancing sound clips all delivered in his informal, yet information packed, style that kept this large audience engaged and entertained”
“Just wanted to say thank you for such an interesting talk on Wednesday. It was good to attend a talk that was both topical, interactive and very interesting”
“Many thanks for your recent excellent presentation on Comets”
“Thanks for your very interesting and inspiring day course. There were so many useful software links and tips in the presentation”
“Great guides. I have 4 of them”
“Really good work through to process Astro photos and help to understand what the different controls do”
“Thanks very much for a very good talk and a very well received one ”
“You’re a great speaker and my son so enjoyed the first meeting we saw you at”
“The children all really enjoyed it and I thought every part was pitched perfectly got them with lots of awe and wonder. Many thanks”
“Let me know if you have any more books coming out as they are great. Written in a language I can understand”
“Really enjoyed the talk and the chance to meet
“This week, Dave Eagle walked us through Tim Peake’s Principia mission from take-off to landing with lots of exhilarating science packed in between! We were treated to a concoction of Dave’s light-hearted anecdotes, slides, videos and demonstrations which made for a very entertaining evening. Dave may even have a tasty banana for you – if you can open it whilst wearing a space-suit!”
“We were talking in the week about how b***dy good your little guides are – perfect for people like us who don’t use Photoshop all of the time, and therefore forget crucial small moves when we get back onto it – so well done and keep up the good work”
“Many thanks for a very informative workshop on Saturday. It was a small group compared to some of the previous courses I have attended. That I felt made it better since it could be much more hands on. You as the instructor can also spend more time addressing individual queries”
“It was a very good workshop, still amazed at what I managed to get out of my shot of the eagle nebula”
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your excellent workshop today. I learnt so much and you explained each step of the processes in a patient and understandable way”
“Many thanks for a great astro course today, I had a great time and learnt a whole new load of things I had never seen before. I wonder quite what I have been doing up to now without all of the knowledge I acquired today!! I hope to get to some of your other courses in the near future, you have a great, relaxing style which is supremely inspirational”
“I must say Dave’s guide to imaging and processing solar images was superb. Cheers Dave”
“Got your guides on Wednesday – fast delivery – thanks! I’ve read two of them – I like the simple style. I have done most of this, and hoped I would find one or two gems of ideas. I did”
“It’s a great, easy to follow book. I liked the work flow you put in your book. The repeated curve and save approach was simple but very effective at teasing out subtleties. Thanks!”
“Really helpful book”
“Very happy with both of mine, written in a way I can understand too
“I purchased the job lot having already bought the previous Photoshop book. I like the presentation and simplicity. Highly recommended! More please!”
“Your guides are top notch Dave Eagle, I learnt how to use Autostakkert by reading one of your guide books”
“Great little book”
“I thought Dave’s Principia lecture was fantastic. Please go to see it if you get chance”
“Many thanks Dave for a great talk!”
“Attended this course last year – extremely worthwhile, learned such a lot from a knowledgeable tutor and enthusiastic students!”
“Big “THANKS” to Dave Eagle for his Tim Peake talk last night…. and.. interactive too, & a thanks to Major Peake too!”
“Try and buy Dave Eagle books they explain in a easy to understand way”
“I’ve got one of Dave’s Photoshop books. Its been a massive help
“It’s a must buy if you’re new(ish) to astrophotography. A step by step guide to results.”
“I recently bought 2 of your guides. Deepskystacker and processing images. Just over 2 years ago I purchased a QHY8L OSC cooled ccd camera, previous to this I was using a modified EOS 600D. I did very little post processing of my Canon images after stacking and got some OK images. Once I started using the QHY8L my lack of processing set me back badly and I have not achieved an image with it in just over 2 years, and to be honest had given up using it. Last week I managed to grab an hours data on the North American nebula from my back garden which is horribly light polluted. I have just stacked following your guide and then adjusted in Photoshop using your guide. I was not holding out much hope but WOW, I only spent an hour stacking and using Photoshop. My first ever successful image from the QHY8L. Its only took 2 years and 8 months. Thanks for publishing these handy guides.”
“I like them, simple and easy to follow plus some useful but different info than from other sources. All grist to the never ending mill of Astro-P.”
“Great talk by Dave Eagle last night.”
“Very enjoyable talk this evening”
“Thank you to
@DaveEagle45 whose solar imaging workshop helped improve my processing techniques”.
“Arrived safe and sound Dave. Already picked up a couple of tips just from flicking through!!”.
“Thanks for running the solar workshop it was a great day even though it was cloudy! Definitely learnt a lot especially on the processing side of things. Worth the money and travel”.
“Excellent introduction to astrophotography processing in Photoshop”
“Thank you for an interesting and informative day – now to play with some old data “.
“Very enjoyable talk”.
“I have Dave’s Photoshop guide which has really helped me, being a complete novice”.
“Thank you very much for your talk last night it was really great and very well received by all”.
“Great talk tonight, thoroughly enjoyed it”.
“It’s fab. An easy to follow step by step guide, I would highly recommend”.
“Having looked through the book, even I can understand it
“Makes it all seem possible for me to do. Nice and clear.”
“Just what someone new to astrophotography needs. Clear, concise, and in logical working order for the less technical beginner to understand. Revealing the secrets of the dark art.”
“I think they are about right – focussed, short and not trying to cover too much.”
“I thought the pre-course organisation and communication were excellent – allowing time to prepare equipment and software thus maximising benefit on the day. I think the stretching has now sunk in and I understand better about how much the regions of the curve can be stretched.”
“Picked up a few good tips / tricks that help loads “
“Entertaining and interesting presentation last night – Thank you!”
“Excellent talk. Thanks Dave.”
“Great book by the way, very informative.”
“Dave clearly explains how to use curves, levels and filters. He also provides a mostly starless image that once the processes in his guide are followed make an image anyone would be proud of. Not to be missed.”
“Highly recommended, really enjoyed it last year”.
“Many thank for Saturdays course. I learnt a great deal just trying to remember it all and use it. Your delivery and approach were spot on and the whole day was excellently presented and worth every penny. Great day.”
“Fantastic day. Great presentation and well presented. Would repeat again to ensure I caught all the data the first time.”
“Many thanks for dispatching the book so quickly. I read through it and it is a great read. It is absolutely fascinating to see your original photo transform like that with a few simple PS alterations.”
“I bought your DSS book, which has been a marvellous help – many thanks.”
“It’s always good your workshops 👍.”
“Great talk as always.”
“Your courses have proved invaluable and I look forward to attending again”.
“Another awesome night! Cheers Dave! .”
“Thanks for a well presented and informative workshop today. I found the practical elements really helped my understanding of what’s involved before I commit to exploring the world of astrophotography”.
“I wasn’t sure astrophotography was something I would be keen to have a go at. Came along to keep my hubby company really. Thanks to Dave I now believe that I am going to give it a go and that I actually think that I am going to enjoy it. Bring on the clear skies!”.
“I really enjoyed having a go using the software packages under Dave’s instructions and am looking forward to producing images to be proud of now”.
“Our thanks to
@DaveEagle45 for a spectacular multimedia presentation on Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station”.
“Just a note to thank you for the fantastic presentation that you gave to the Society last night. I hope that the audience reaction and laughter showed how much it was enjoyed”.
“Thank you for such an interesting day. Your enthusiasm for astronomy was contagious!”.
“Very informative. So nothing else to say bar the fact I think is a great text, well written 🙂 Look forward to hopefully seeing more :).”
“Many thanks again for your Voyager talk. It was great to have you back and I shall look forward to the next time.”
“As someone still new to astrophotography I have found this guide invaluable. Yes, there are plenty of websites around but sometimes it pays to have a plainly written book in front of you. Better yet all the advice works! Can’t rate highly enough.”
“As a companion guide to Dave Eagle’s Deep Sky Stacker guide, this is an excellent next step. In simple, jargon free text, step by step processes to bring out the best in your stacked astrophotography image are provided using Adobe Photoshop. Dave clearly explains how to use curves, levels and filters. Not to be missed.”
” Dave many thanks for your great Tim talk. Look forward to your next talk.”
“We were absolutely delighted with your presentation on Friday. I know everyone really enjoyed it.”
“Having given such an interesting and entertaining talk on Monday, I know that members will certainly appreciate another talk from you.”
“Just returned from a great talk at Bedford Astronomical where founder member Dave Eagle gave a brilliant presentation on Tim Peake complete with cardboard cutout.”
“What a great talk last night by Dave Eagle and his friend Flat Tim, even the projector joined in. Highlight of the evening was a gun battle between the Club Treasurer and the Hon Sec, unfortunately they both survived. Big thanks to Dave and Flat Tim. Dave will be back next year with another exciting talk.”
“The booklet is short, sweet, and to the point. If you’re an amateur and like having a guide book open next to you while trying to figure out some Photoshop basics, then you may want to give this little book a read.”
“Let’s get serious now. This book has a real power to motivate people who either have recently started out with observations or have had a serious pause in observing for one reason or other (or tens of reasons, as you can find out here)….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.”
“Dave Eagle’s Rosetta talk included many stunning images of 67P and was presented in a most entertaining fashion.”
“If you are just beginning this book will help you move along and really begin to enjoy your hobby of astronomy.”
“Without your course and advice I wouldn’t have achieved this. Your clear and straightforward approach has enabled me to go further, achieve more and yet be much more relaxed about the details. Thanks again!”
“Thanks for coming Dave, people loved it!”
“Your courses build the interest in astrophotography and make it easier to get the more out of the images using Photoshop. You also certainly have a knack of picking out the really useful things worth learning and finding a way to get it across that is relaxed, makes sense and makes all manner of things become possible.”
“Photoshop is daunting, to say the least, but this short guide book got me to the point where I could pull some nice images out of the photographs that I took. The booklet is short, sweet, and to the point. If you’re an amateur and like having a guide book open next to you while trying to figure out some Photoshop basics, then you may want to give this little book a read.”
“I have recently read your essential Photoshop Techniques booklet and found it very interesting, Thank you very much for demystifying this very complicated process for me.”
“A great practical workshop using one’s own laptop. Dave was brilliant giving step by step instructions to turn basic data frames into stunning photos. Recommended.”
“Fantastic astronomy Photoshop workshop by Dave Eagle. Lots new skills learned, images expect some more processing “
“Thanks Dave for a most entertaining presentation with superb images and animations.”
“I have two of your books: Astrophotography. Essential PS techniques and A guide to stacking images in DSS. Both are more than excellent. Congratulations! :)”
“Dave Eagle’s Rosetta talk included many stunning images of 67P and was presented in a most entertaining fashion.”
“Just wanted to say thank you for a fascinating talk last night. Everyone enjoyed it. Hope to see you back soon.”
“Yet another excellent imaging workshop with valuable background information on the subject matter. Looking forward to the next workshop. Well done Dave.”
“Dave does a great job explaining processing the Histogram and Curves. I finally under stand the process and theory behind these two essential process in astrophotography. Thanks.”
“Thanks very much for your very interesting and informative talk last night, it was extremely comprehensive and must have taken you many hours to put together. ”
“Thanks Dave…great talk last night…very informative and entertaining.”
“Thanks very much for coming last night and giving such a great talk.”
“Thank you very much for your interesting talk this evening. I hope you enjoyed the evening. I certainly did and there were lots of good positive comments from people at the end so I think you may have ignited some enthusiasm for Astrophotography.”
“It was absolutely fantastic as you guided us through “A Whistle-stop Tour of the Universe” (Hitch-hiking on a Ray of Light) – the images were superb – so exotic. It really was out of this world. You explained everything to us so we were able to understand the various unique and incredible shots. We all enjoyed your charismatic friendly personality and do hope we will have the pleasure of another of your talks sometime in the future.”
“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 well done for reading down my testimonials this far.
But the others are real comments that have been sent to me or posted on social media.