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

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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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Day 14- Sunny Day - Calar Alto from the Cabrera Arch - Cloudy Evening.

A bright and sunny day today. I will be viewing some potential sites for my more permanent observatory. I was talking just outside my front door when I suddenly realised that I could see the observatory at Calar Alto from my doorstep centred in the Cabrera Arch. I could only see one dome whereas previously I had imaged two from a different vantage point.


 A zoomed in view


and the previous image for comparison


Here is a map showing the "as the crow flies" distance and the distance by road.


 An easier way to see the telescopes at Calar Alto is to link to the video camera set up there! This is a still taken from the webcam video that points to the various telescopes.

Click on it and you will go to the live video feed in a new window. This is live video so you may see a car drive up or down the road!

 Click on the appropriate information below for more on Calar Alto Telescopes

3.5m Photo                                    2.2m Photo                                    1.23m Photo

3.5m Data                                      2.2m Data                                      1.23m Data

3.5m Observatory Cross Section   2.2m Observatory Cross Section1. 


A cloudy evening so no observing!