at 54 Firthview Drive, Inverness, IV3 8QE United Kingdom
Highland Astronomy Tours offers public outreach astronomy talks and tours, and private stargazing events hosted by astronomer Stephen Mackintosh.
Astronomer Stephen Mackintosh (Highland Astronomy Tours) is available for public outreach astronomy talks and tours, and private stargazing events at select dark sky locations around the Inverness area and wider Highlands. His professional guiding can include any of the following, tailored to your specific requirements: - Naked eye constellation and binocular tours - Eyepiece and video telescope viewing - Children’s stargazing parties - Daytime solar astronomy - Indoor astronomy talks and lectures. For more information and bookings please email Stephen or call him on 07414964965, where he’ll happily discuss your particular needs . Testimonials “Stephen is an articulate and nuanced astronomer, with a real flair for communicating complex concepts in a way that people can understand. His video telescope work is excellent, revealing details of the cosmos on a computer screen for all to see, allowing audiences to marvel at Jupiter’s moons, faint nebulae, and distant giant galaxies.” – Steve Owens, author of “Stargazing for Dummies’ @darkskyman. “I’d thoroughly recommend Stephen Mackintosh to host an astronomy event. As well as being extremely knowledgeable, he is a good communicator that is well able to hold the attention of a large group. I look forward to working with him again and to what I’ll learn about and see in the night sky” — Caroline Snow, Project Manager, Merkinch Local Nature Reserve, Inverness. “I have spent many a happy but chilly night alongside Stephen Mackintosh, enjoying a guided tour of the night sky. He has shown me planets, galaxies, clusters and nebulae. Every sighting has been accompanied with informative commentary about their discovery and historical background. Wrap up warm and bring a flask of hot chocolate. You will be in for an unforgettable night.” — Gavin Macfie, Writer and Outdoorsman at Living Mountain. About Stephen Mackintosh Mathematician and astronomer Stephen Mackintosh lives with his family in Inverness, in the the Scottish Highlands. His work journey began as a physics engine programmer in the computer games industry, before embarking on a long career in life sciences as a senior research scientist and mathematical modeller. He now works freelance as an outreach astronomer and maths & physics educator. His passion for teaching and imparting knowledge of the cosmos and its mathematical underpinnings is infectious. Stephen also works part time as a mathematical modeller building space and physics simulations with potential application in the education and astrophysics sectors. Examples of this ongoing work include – gravitation and accretion dynamics, special and general relativity visualisation and stellar imagine analysis algorithms. Stephen has a BSc Honours degree in Pure & Applied Mathematics from Edinburgh University and holds an enhanced Disclosure Scotland PVG certification. He is also a former STEM ambassador and member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
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