YOUR OWN PURPOSE-BUILT WINDOW ON THE UNIVERSE
The Observatory uses experienced Star Guides to lead activities and provide expertise and support to groups and individuals visiting the North Pennines Observatory. All of our guides have been recruited both for their enthusiasm and knowledge of astronomy and their skills in communicating with audiences of all ages and levels of experience.
Chair of North Pennines Astronomy Society, Gary is an experienced astrophotographer and astronomer, and also a qualified physics teacher. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has been accredited as a Leading STEM Educator. Gary is enthusiastic about showing people how to navigate and photograph the night sky, and helping them discover more about the workings of the universe.
DR FRED STEVENSON
Fred has been teaching adult education classes in astronomy and cosmology for 20 years at all levels from general interest to first year University. He is also an A-level physics and maths tutor with experience of teaching in further education colleges. Having tutored weekend courses at the Kielder and Ninebanks Youth Hostels and regularly given lectures to astro societies, Fred is always an informative and helpful Star Guide.
As a former teacher and keen amateur astronomer, Alan is an engaging and informative Star Guide. He is always able to engage audiences - particularly youngsters - with his infectious enthusiasm for cosmology.
Andy is a qualified research chemist and has been a school head of science and science communicator for the past 20 years. For the last 10 years he has been a keen astronomer and published astrophotographer. Always fascinating to listen to, Andy has been running “Tame your Telescope” sessions at this year’s North Pennines astro festival and is always a knowledgable and enthusiastic guide to the night sky.
Want to become a Star Guide?
If you are interested in becoming a North Pennines Observatory Star Guide yourself, and think you have the right knowledge and skills, why not download an application form?
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The North Pennines Observatory is owned and operated by Allen Valleys Enterprise Limited, a volunteer-run Community Benefit Society