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Outreach events

My outreach events have been quite varied thus far this year. I have delivered presentations to Junior and secondary school events with parents invited. I have given a presentation to my local Astronomical society and also to invited guests at Rother Valley optics. I have been involved as the invited guest on the first program in the series of Lets Talk Astronomy. I also gave a series of talks at an RSPB bird sanctuary as part of two separate Mexborough & Swinton AS outreach events called "Starlings and Star light".

30 December 2016 Talk to Chesterfield Astronomical society about AR2192.

29 December 2016 Talk to Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society about AR 2192.

Sunday 22 June 2014 for International SUN-day, I am holding an event at the Garrucha player near restaurant Chiringuito El Playazo [at the Vera end of the town near to where the lorries enter the port. This will run from 10 am to noon with hydrogen-alpha telescopes to view the solar chromosphere.

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Here is a resume of my outreach events for 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 in date order.

25 February 2014 Instituto de Sorbas [Sorbas secondary school] I visited the school and gave two classes to the students [ages 14 to 18 years] on the Moon, Earth and Sun interaction and solar telescope observation. Two one and a half hour back to back lessons in Spanish language only thoroughly enjoyed it but very taxing on my mental concentration. Hopefully lots more similar events to come? Photos to follow.

7 January 2014 an 8 minute on BBC Radio Sheffield Paul Walker show re the forthcoming BBC Stargazing Live events.

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17 October 2013 - talk given to 30 g.uests at the Uleila del Campo centro de mayores photos to be included later - this was my first event in Spanish and it went really well

29 January 2012 - Stargazing live event at Cabo De Gata camp site, Almeria Spain. I am pleased to say that we had over 80 people attend the evening, the weather was great with the Sun putting on a show of large prominences and filaments. We had a lovely meal in the restaurant followed by my presentation. We the had six observing stations set up outside for the night sky including telescopes, spotter scopes and large binoculars on tripods. Thanks also to Peter for showing his astro-photos and bringing his green lazer along to point out the stars and constellations. This was a fun evening and well received event and thank you to every one that attended. I would like to say a special and huge thank you to Astrid upper center [left in photo] for all the help in translating for our German friends. Best regards  Andy Devey.

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29 January BBC Stargazing Live event that I have organised on the Campsite at Cabo De Gata, Almeria Spain.

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16 January 2012 here I did a telephone interview with BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Toby Foster here is the podcast [Only available for 7 days], click on listen now and advance the slider along the bar to 1 hour and 35 minutes to catch the start of the Stargazing live section.

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January 2012 here I was able to help a sixth grade pupil Samantha kim with her Solar Science project. This was described by her teacher as an outstanding presentation. There is now a planned solar outreach event at the school. I am sure that if in future years should Samantha choose a career in science then the scientific community will certainly benefit from her input. I am just pleased that I was able to help a little with one of my sunspot photos!

Brilliant job there Samantha and very best wishes  Andy Devey

14 October talk to Ossett Academy. 3 talks to years 7, 9 and 11 about 100 children and teachers.

Tuesday 11 October at 1pm to 3pm talk to Greasbrough Primary school spoke to the whole school about 160 children from year 2 to year 6.

Sunday 11 September 2011 11am to 4pm 90mm scope and small triple at Wentworth show near Rotherham.

Tuesday 26 July 2011 at 7.30pm Talk to WYAS at their Carlton Observatory on Solar Astronomy, photography and time-lapse animation.

Monday 27 June at 7.00pm Talk to Sheffield AS at their Mayfield Centre on Solar Astronomy.

16 June 2011 at 8.30PM Screening of the new Lets Talk Astronomy DVD to MSAS at the Swinton WMC meeting room

8 June 2011 Wednesday evening-review of the finished product the first DVD in the series Lets Talk Astronomy at Rother Valley Optics.

25 May 2011. Wednesday evening I was involved in filming at Rother Valley Optics. This was for the first program in the new series "Lets Talk Astronomy". I was the first guest of Denis Ashton the presenter. My part was a 15-minute piece on safe solar observing. The DVD shows my safe observing tips and features some of my equipment together with many of my still images and animation sequences.

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These are the behind the scenes images of the staff at Compress Media during the filming of the DVD.


7 May Solar Day in Kiveton park and presentation at Rother Valley Optics.




17 April 2011 gave a 20 minute talk to the BAA Winchester week end Members section on the animated Sun to about 60 guests.

13 April 2011 pupils/parents evening I gave a talk to Tupton Hall School near Chesterfield - talk on the Moon, Earth and Sun and how they interact. About 70 pupils, teachers and parents were in attendance. No photography on site. Some very good questions were asked by many participants.

13 March Starlings and Star light out reach event together with the RSPB on behalf of the Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society. I did 4 back to back 25 minute lectures on the Moon, Earth and Sun and how they interact to about 130 guests in total. This was at the Old Moor Farm bird sanctuary near Brampton South Yorkshire.

26 January 2011. Pupils teachers and parent at Barnborough Primary School Near Mexborough. Evening talk to a group of 30 mainly 10 and 11 year olds. This was very interactiv and the children were very well informed on the solar system and asked some very good questions.

8 January 2011 Starlings and Star Light MSAS Outreach event at the Old Moor RSPB nature reserve. Here you see me giving a presentation to about 30 guests on how the sun works.


9 April 2010 BAA Winchester event gave a 15 minute talk on the Sunday session.

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My triple-solar scope in action at the Winchester week end. Photo courtesy Lyn Smith.