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I have been a keen astronomer for most of my life and have owned and used telescopes for more than 20 years. In the early 2000s I developed a passion for astronomical imaging and put substantial effort and resources into a sophisticated set-up that took several years to complete. Some of the results can be seen on the images page to the left. Growing frustrated at increasing light pollution in my area, I disposed of the entire set-up. However, when astronomy is in your blood, resistance is futile and after only a couple of years, the fever took hold again. Several different set-ups have been and gone, but I now have an amazing Altair Astro 102mm ED Triplet refractor mounted on an iOptron iEQ45 Pro mount. This is a self contained imaging 'rig' with camera rotator, filter drawer, reducer/flattener and Altair Astro Hypercam 269c Protec camera. Everything is controlled through a mini pc while I sit in the warm. Astro software is incredible these days and many aspects of the hobby can now be automated.

I joined Peterborough Astronomical Society in 2009 and became Treasurer from 2011 until 2020. In 2012 PAS co-hosted a 'Star Gazing Live' event with the BBC and needed volunteer speakers. I presented a talk about Curiosity, the Martian Rover and thoroughly enjoyed the research which that entailed. I am really keen to promote interest in astronomical science to the general public and so the decision to offer talks on a wider basis was entirely logical. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2016 and joined the British Astronomical Association in 2017.

My presentations have been delivered to a wide range of Astronomical Societies, U3A meetings, science groups, branches of the WI, public outreach events and local societies. The talks can be tailored to suit varying levels of interest and involve stunning images, videos, animations and digestible facts that are delivered with humour and enthusiasm. I add to the list periodically, so please check back from time to time to see what is currently available. You can email me via the contact page for more details, charges and availability.

I look forward to hearing from you soon

Keith Townsend FRAS BAA

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