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My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

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My Meade 12 inch SCT on a CGEM (Classic) Mount

My 4 inch Meade Refractor with Sky Watcher Guidescope and ZWO camera on a CGEM (Classic) Mount

Skywatcher Star Adventurer Mount with Canon 40D


My Solar setup using a DSLR and Mylar Filter on my ETX90

DSLR attached to ETX90. LiveView image of 2015 partial eclipse on Canon 40D

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 I try to log my observing and related activities in a regular blog - sometimes there will be a delay but I usually catch up. An index of all my blogs is on the main menu at the top of the page with daily, weekly or monthly views. My Twitter feed is below. I am also interested in photograping wildlife when I can and there is a menu option above to look at some of my images. I try to keep the news feeds from relevant astronomical sources up to date and you will need to scroll down to find these.

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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Return to Rivendell

It is 23:33 GMT and I have arrived back in Spain at Cabrera ( which reminds me of Rivendell in Lord of the Rings for some reason) but have not yet set up the telescope as I decided to wait until I was less tired – not wanting to make any mistakes! Of course that means that the sky is completely clear with brilliant stars and probably has supernovae popping up all over the sky to be discovered by others. From my previous experience it will take a few days to set up the telescope and get the tracking and pointing accuracy that is essential for supernovae searching. I gave a talk last night about SN to the Bolton Astronomical  Society with a few technical issues but otherwise went OK . The sky tonight has no cloud and the only lights are the two walkway lamps which I did not bother to extinguish with my hat technique and the street and house lights from the plain 1000 ft below which do cause a small glow but not significant. Sirius is brilliant to the east of Orion. At the meeting last night we discussed the likelihood of Betelgeuse becoming a supernova as this is regarded as a possibility but it is still there tonight. Strangely when I got home from the meeting last night I watched part of the BBC Stargazing Live astronomy programme that I had recorded and they were discussing the very same possibility !