I’ll be giving a talk on Tuesday 5th January 2021 for the Highlands Astronomical Society on the Astronomy of Ancient Monuments. If you’d like to hear the talk live please get in touch with the HAS secretary here. The talk will also be distributed on youtube a few days after the session and I’ll post the links up then.
From my own exposure last night and the testimony of many eye witness accounts posted on my Facebook page, the peak of the 2020 Geminids was one of the most active meteors showers in several years. Many parts of northern Scotland had clear skies with reported activity reaching up to 40-50 meteors per hour.
From my own location at the western end of Inverness I was able to observe a flurry of bright shooting stars early in the evening was all set to head out into darker locations when clouds rolled in. Thankfully, skies opened up again after 11pm and I witnessed several more under partially clear skies, with a particularly bright example fizzing overhead towards the north west around 11.30pm.
I’ll leave you with some amazing photographs captured around the north of Scotland.
I’m very much looking forward to partnering with Callanish Stones & Visitor Centre, Gallan Head Community Trust and An Lanntair to deliver a live stargazing talk from the famous Callanish stones on the Isle of Lewis. This event is part of the 2021 Hebridean Dark Sky Festival
Tickets and further details for the event are available here from An Lanntair.
“Highland Astronomy and the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival team up for a special online stargazing event, live from one of the darkest places on the Isle of Lewis, in association with Calanais Visitor Centre and Gallan Head Community Trust.
Join us from the comfort of your own home – or outdoors – for a fascinating insight into the night sky.
Stephen Mackintosh (Highland Astronomy) is a freelance astronomer, night sky photographer and STEM educator based in the Highlands of Scotland. He delivers public outreach astronomy talks, tours, and private stargazing events at select dark sky locations around the Inverness area and wider Highlands.
Stephen will be on hand to answer any questions you have, from ancient astronomy to what you can see in the night sky right now.
If you missed my facebook live talk on Buying Your First Telescope you can watch it above on my Youtube feed.
In this talk I discuss binocular observing, portability and make recommendations for some good beginner telescopes. There’s also a guide to What’s Up in December skies.
Join me on Facebook live on Sunday 29th November at 7pm for a talk and presentation on choosing and buying your first telescope.
Buying a telescope can be daunting and you’ll want to make the best choice possible for your budget and needs.
During the talk I’ll aim to answer several common questions, including:
1. How much should I spend?
2. How large is practical for my requirements?
3. What can I expect to see through different sizes of scope?
4. Can you recommend a good starter kit & some good telescopes to choose from?
PLUS an introduction to Stargazing, Binocular Observing and a What’s Up guide for December skies, including Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and more..
This talk is hosted as part of the the Inverness Nature Reserve Astronomy evenings but is open to all. We would kindly ask you to purchase an online ticket from Eventbrite by way of a donation to the astronomy programme and the Nature Reserve. I’m sure you’ll understand that times are tough for outreach at the moment so your help will be greatly appreciated. Please purchase your ticket in advance here.
A short video guide produced on Friday 6th November but valid for most of November. Covering Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Milky Way and the bright asterism known as the Summer Triangle.
Nature Reserve Astronomy evenings will resume online this year, starting end of November with an Introduction to Buying a Telescope + short talk on the planet Mars.
Please follow this page for event links going up over the winter. Some of these events could be broadcast live if weather permits so please keep your page notifications on.
There will also be an Abriachan Forest event on the winter solstice, promoted separately.