Following the wonderful response from my Astronomy followers on Twitter @warrior_orion and a fantastic input of pictures to my Constellation Collection on this site, I am preparing a beautifully illustrated book of photos of my Stars taken by Astronomers worldwide:
Stars of Orion.
Alternative titles: ‘The Hunter’s Stars’; ‘Orion: From Tales To Startrails.’
As well as a Brief History of Orion the Myth written by myself, two notable Astronomers from Ireland and Australia – covering both hemispheres where I shine bright in the winter skies – will write the Forewords.
I am also inviting astronomers to contribute Guest Essays about the many objects and astrophotography targets in my Constellation. It will include lots of Fun Facts and How to View Orion for astronomers and stargazers of all ages.
Featuring 1-2 photos per Astronomer plus a short account (around 500 words) – Where, when and how (some tech details) about your pictures, and why you like taking pictures of me and how you became inspired by Astronomy. Plus a photo of yourself and/or your kit, if possible.
Your pictures remain your Copyright and the fee is for one use only, in Stars of Orion.
I have allotted a double page spread per astronomer at least, and can pay £30 per picture of my star via Paypal. I wish it were more but I’d like to include as many astronomers as possible. For Guest Essays from Astronomers I can pay a small fee (£150 for 1,000 words + 3 pictures).
Please contact me via the Contact Form if you are interested.
Target publication date: October or more likely, November – as I kick off another winter season of the Orion Late Night Show – coming to a sky near you!
Watch this space (that gag again) for more news on Stars of Orion.