09.30 - 10.15 David Bryant "Meteorites and their Origins" CANCELLED
10.35 - 11.20 Robin Glover “How to Polar Align accurately with SharpCap”
11.40 - 12.25 Helmut Kessler "Hydrogen Alpha Etalons and Solar Telescopes"
12.35 - 13.05 Niels Haagh "The Modern Alt-Az Mount - a portable platform for astrophotography and visual observation"
13.15 - 14.00 Gain Lee "An Introduction to Imaging the Night Sky"
14.20 - 15.05 Ivaylo Stoynov "Introduction to APT Astrophotography Tool Software"
15.25 - 16.10 Damian Peach "Imaging the Solar System"

Please note: Only one free ticket issued per person, per talk. Tickets available on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis at the ticket desk.

More about the Practical Astro Show 2022 speakers:

Dr Robin Glover is author of SharpCap astronomy software, popular amongst solar system and deepsky imagers. Previously a climate change researcher, Robin is now a professional software developer.
Correct Polar Alignment can be the key to a successful imaging session. Poor alignment can lead to poor images or even a wasted night. Robin will discuss the fundamentals of polar alignment, including showing the problems that can arise from poor alignment. One of the important questions answered is 'How good does my polar alignment need to be'. The talk will include an overview of the different methods of polar alignment, including a review of their respective strengths and weaknesses. Finally, there will be a demonstration of the polar alignment tool built into SharpCap.

Helmut Kessler is the managing director of Solar Scope, a manufacturer of high quality solar etalons used by amateur and professional astronomers around the world. His talk provides a wealth of information about safe solar imaging and viewing of our sun’s Hydrogen Alpha line as well as filters and etalons in general.

Niels Haagh - owner and proprietor of Track the Stars Denmark. Niels has extensive experience with integration between mechanics and electronics/software in many industrial fields such as medical and automotive sectors where reliable and precise control is essential.

His passion for astro - imaging and technical expertise resulted in the development of the unique Panther and Mammoth mounts, examples of Danish excellence in design and engineering.

Gain Lee is a commercial lifestyle product photographer and Great Plains stormchaser. He is also an experienced four decades long astrophotographer, and public outreach tutor. His work has been published and exhibited internationally and on his website. Gain’s interest in everything sky and space continues with unabated passion.

Ivaylo Stoynov is the author or APT Astrophotography Tool Software, which is compatible with most dedicated astronomy cameras. Ivaylo has been an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer for over 30 years, combining his passion for astronomy with his career as a professional computer programmer. APT was started back in 2008 as a hobby project to make digital astrophotography easier and more productive. In 2017 Ivaylo's wife Maria joined the project as a full time programmer.

Damian Peach is an internationally recognized astrophotographer. His images are published in countless books, magazines and science papers, and he has appeared numerous times on television promoting astronomy and astrophotography. He has also regularly lectured internationally on astrophotography, and was awarded both the British Astronomical Associations Merlin Medal, and the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers Walter Haas award for outstanding contributions to Planetary astronomy.