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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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Day 10 No observing, imaged the Calar Alto Observatory with Sony Alpha 350 with 300mm lens.


A warm day but cloudy - no observing today. I did however go on a short trip up the Sierra Cabrera mountain to see what the birdlife was today (hoping for Bonelli's Eagles)  - I saw absolutely nothing - they all stay in if the sun is not shining here - which it usually is. En route I spotted and photographed the Calar Alto (Wikipedia Link) observatory on the mountains in the distance through a lot of haze - here is a very magnified photograph of it through my Sony Alpha camera with a 300mm lens and 2X Teleconverter. The observatory is a Spanish- German Observatory (Calar Alto Homepage Link) with a 3.5m telescope (evidently the biggest European Telescope on an equatorial mount - cetainly bigger than my 0.4m SCT!). Most of the telescopes are owned by by the Max Planck Institute.