I am willing to attend local clubs and other organisations to give talks and presentations on the subjects of Astronomy, Finding your way around the sky, Practical Astronomical Observing, Astrophotography and Space flight.
I also have some other talks covering Natural History and Photography.
I am usually visit places within about 2 hours drive of my home in Northamptonshire, although I will travel further on request.
My standard charges my presentations are £45, plus travelling expenses at 45p per mile.
These presentations can also be delivered virtually via Zoom, at a cost of £45.
These are not purely static picture presentations, most of my talks also include video and sound. Truly multi-media productions.
As well as local astronomical societies I have presented to local business and social groups as well as schools and youth organisations.
I also organise and run Adult education astronomy courses and can run hands-on activities for schools to enhance classroom lessons to meet the current Earth & Sky curriculum, or just for fun.
I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Science Education and am able to adapt my presentations to suit any audience.
Contact me to book your presentation: firstname.lastname@example.org
My current presentations include:
|The Space Race.
An overview of the Space Race between the Soviet Union and US which led to the Apollo Moon landings. A look ahead at the future of crewed spaceflight to The Moon and possibly outward to Mars.
The Apollo Moon Missions
An audience participation presentation capturing the excitement of the magnificent Apollo Moon Landing Missions in from the late 60’s until 1972.
|Saving Apollo 13: “Houston We’ve Had a Problem Here”.
A look at what went wrong with the Apollo 13 Lunar mission and what it took to get the three astronauts back to Earth safely.
|The Voyager Missions.
4 Decades and Counting.
A look back at the highly successful Voyager Missions and their current mission exploring interstellar space outside of the Sun’s heliosphere.
|Celebrate Tim Peake’s Principia Mission.
A fun and informative evening looking at Tim’s mission to the ISS, using a multi-media and audience interactive presentation.
|Out of the Darkness:
Pluto, New Horizons & Ultima Thule.
A historical look at our lost planet and all the latest results from the fantastic mission of NASA’s New Horizons encounter with Pluto and Ultima Thule.
|Rosetta & Philae. From Concept to Reality.
An entertaining overview of the Rosetta Mission, capturing the excitement of November 12th 2014 when Philae “landed” on a comet and all the images and results sent back from Comet 67P.
|Why The Universe doesn’t give a Fig about you.
The unlikely circumstances of life on Earth developing and the prevalent conditions in the universe that make our very existence very precarious.
|The 2017 Total Solar eclipse:
To Totality & Beyond! Our emotional experience of the total solar Eclipse as viewed from Jackson Wyoming. A look at the history of eclipses, And how to plan your own eclipse trip.
A Whistle-Stop Tour of the Universe: (Hitch-Hiking on a Ray of Light)
|Comets, Enigmatic and Beautiful Visitors.
A look at comets in history now all the hype has died along with the destruction of “The Comet of the Century” 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 “Above the Grosser Clouds”
|In the Footsteps of Piazzi Smyth: Astronomical Adventures in Tenerife.
My adventures as an amateur astronomer in Tenerife imaging the sky, following in the footsteps of Charles 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 along the way.
Observing and imaging our nearest Star. The equipment and techniques used to observe and image the sun safely.
|Whales, Wildlife & My Quest for the Green Flash.
An emotional, extraordinary and unforgettable boat trip around Baja California and the Sea of Cortez Whale watching. A most touching experience in more ways than one.
|Galapagos – In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin.
The wildlife and landscape of The Galapagos Islands and problems caused by Mans invasion of these remote, isolated and stunning volcanic islands.
|Mars: The Red Planet.
Past Earth observations, Robot Missions investigating the nature of The Red Planet and the future of Mars exploration.
|Digitally Enhancing Astronomical Images.
Taking astrophotography a little further, using a driven telescope and more advanced image processing techniques.
| The Great Apollo Lunar Hoax (Did they really land on the Moon?).
Investigating the evidence given to show why people say that the Apollo Astronauts didn’t actually visit the Moon.
They DID, by the way.
|Basic DSLR Astrophotography.
Demonstration of easy beginners astrophotography and some simple image processing.
Please contact me for further information or to arrange your talk.