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My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

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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 71 - Wednesday April 23rd - Last day in Spain till June.

Another hot day with blue sky. I hope its like this in the UK tomorrow..... I am going back via Murcia Airport after a drive up the AP7 Toll Motorway - usually only see half a dozen cars during the hour and a half drive.

I was reading the article by Allan Chapman in the 2004 Yearbook of Astronomy and reading about the 1639 transit so I thought I would produce an animation of the event using The SkyX Software.

This is as it would appear from Lancashire on 4th December 1639. (In fact as this occurred before the calendar change from the Julian Calendar so would actually have been the 24th November then!)



In 1761 there was another Venus Transit shown below.