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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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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 73 June 3rd 2014 - In Cabrera again

Having stayed in my small apartment overnight I obtained the keys for my new location and transported my equipment etc a bit at a time up the mountain. A repetitive process involving loading the very small lift until it was full (no room for me) then walking up the 4 flights of stairs in the tower to press the lift button and wait for another load to arrive. I had to do that many times. I left the heavy stuff until the next day.



This is the old view of the sky from the Adelfa terrace  - my small apartment (see previous blogs)...


and this is the new house


 and the views from the main observing platform.


The pole is part of the lightning conductor that was put up when the main house dome was struck by lightning.