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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 61 - Sky view from new site

I have stitched photographs together and produced a panorama of the view from my new site (June onwards) and incorporated this into my SkyX software. This will be the view towards the South East in June. The "garden" is effectively a rocky area that is in the middle of the top of the house!

Sky and Telescope's Sky Week from 14th April 2014 - all about the lunar eclipse not visible from Europe!


This is the Hubblesite guide for April 2014



In the evening it was fairly clear so I set up the 4 inch refractor with my MX7C Starlight Xpress Camera. It took a long time to find focus as the focus was much further out than I thought. However I did find focus and will take images of a number of objects to test out the camera on the next clear night.