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Heather and Nigel recently appeared on Christmas University Challenge, as members of the Leicester team that defeated Sussex University!


Welcome to Hencoup Enterprises!

Hi! We’re Nigel Henbest and Heather Couper, international science communicators based in the leafy Chiltern Hills, halfway between Oxford and London, England

Astrophysicists by training, we now popularise astronomy and space – not to mention weather, volcanoes, the countryside and archaeology. We cover all the media, from TV to newspapers, voice-overs to corporate presentations, radio to books.

Egyptian TV interviews Heather and Nigel live during the 2006 total eclipse of the Sun

Heather specialises in astrophysics – the cutting edge of research in the Universe, and Nigel – who will be flying into space as an astronaut with Virgin Galactic – majors on spaceflight.

In addition to our own separate professional lives (see Heather’s and Nigel’s own web pages) we collaborate on projects that benefit from a synergy of our combined skills and enthusiasm. And with names like Henbest and Couper, what else could we call ourselves but “Hencoup Enterprises”?!

We first met as undergraduates at the University of Leicester, England, where we discovered a mutual interest in science and the media – not to mention international travel, the English countryside, good veggie food and excellent New World wines!


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 Stargazing 2015

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Our best-selling month-by-month guide to the night sky, Philip's Stargazing 2015, is  available at £6.99 in your local bookshop, or online from

From recent reviews of Stargazing 2014:

  • A brilliant set of monthly charts... for beginners and experienced observers alike!!
  • Well recommended; it's an absolute bargain!
  • Impressive 'photo of the month'
  • I bought this with my first telescope and it's a miracle

Hencoup with ‘umbrella’ sundial, Invercargill, New Zealand

You’re never too young to take up astronomy!