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My Telescopes

My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

My new Paramount MyT and 8-inch Ritchey-Chretien Telescope

MyT Hand Controller

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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Galaxy Library

The size of the galaxy library is increasing with over 2,500 galaxies for the C14/SBIG ST9-XE combination giving an image scale of 1.96 arcseconds per pixel. It is vital to have the same image scale to be able to use the blink comparator on Grepnova. This means that images taken last year using the Meade 12" SCT cannot be used. I just need a couple of months of clear nights to build the library up to a really good level. If I don't have a comparison image I need to go online to check the DSS or other library to view the image - a very long process which is not very practical if you have taken 300 images the night before! Here are 8 thumbnails of the 200 plus images taken on the 14th Jan 2012.