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The Celestron 14 is mounted on a Paramount ME that I have been using for about 10 years now - you can see that it is mounted on a tripod so is a portable set up. I still manage to transport it on my own and set it all up even though I have just turned 70! It will run for hours centering galaxies in the 12 minute field even when tripod mounted.


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Marsh Harriers, Sedge Warbler and Speckled Wood Butterfly at Leighton Moss

MARSH HARRIER - from the Lower Hide at Leighton Moss (greatly magnified - it was a long way away!!)



SEDGE WARBLER - in the reeds en-route to the Lower Hide at Leighton Moss


SPECKLED WOOD BUTTERFLY - Near the same location as above - many of these could be seen today.


 Greylag Goose from the Lower Hide at Leighton Moss


DRAGONFLY - on the causeway.

 MARSH HARRIER - being chased by two irate Black Headed Gulls. The Harrier was seen to snatch a young gull today.



There are thousands of Black Headed Gulls nesting at Leighton Moss. This angry gull chased a passing Heron away from its nest area.


A pair of Marsh Harriers were seen throughout the day in the distance. This photo of the male was taken from the public hide at Leighton Moss.

 The male and female Marsh Harriers were imaged from the same hide in this shot. 


Can you see the Marsh Harrier perched on a tree in this shot?


The female Marsh Harrier gets a little closer.




One Marsh Harrier perched - the other flies past!




HOUSE MARTIN - on a wire at Leighton Moss