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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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About the Site

 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 43 Skychart download and Messier galaxies

I came across this source for a free sky chart that is provided month by month. If you go to you can download a pdf that should print easily - if you need a paper copy. It shows you the current objects visible and list objects for the naked eye, binoculars and telescope.

Click on the image to go there.


This Week from Sky and Telescope

An excellent night tonight for naked eye astronomy with Jupiter shining brightly overhead, the Pleiades . the Hyades , the Great Nebula in Orion and much more. It is a good opportunity for a Messier Marathon to try and observe as many Messier objects as possible as pointed out in the above video. Unfortunately I have a very restricted view at the moment so cannot really try to do this but it might be interesting to spot as many as I can on one night this week.

Still working through my images taken this week this one is M99.

 and M98

and M90