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My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

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

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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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Happy New Year

Arrived in Spain yesterday afternoon to blue skies and sunshine and set up for a Galaxy imaging run. I obtained sky flats and managed to get over 320 X  30 second galaxy images after checking alignment and setting up a new T-Point  model. I also had a problem with images suddenly becoming GIFs instead of FITS! I had to check the Software Bisque support groups to identify that a setting had mysteriously reset itself to cause the problem. Why it did that suddenly I have no idea - it had never happened in all the years I had been using CCDSoft! . I stopped imaging in the early hours of today when I realised that I had been up for over 20 hours  -  having flown from Manchester to Murcia and then driving the 110 km or so to Cabrera. 

Today's job is to blink these with library images in Grepnova to see if I can find any new supernova in these images.

Six of the 320 images taken last night