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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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28th February 2010 - Abell Clusters

I have been adding galaxies from Abell Clusters to my Galaxy Search Library. This was one of the Galaxies - NGC 891. Here is the information for NGC 891 provided by The Sky

 Object name: NGC 891
Magnitude: 10.1
Equatorial: RA: 02h 23m 12s   Dec: +42°23'48"(current)
Equatorial 2000: RA: 02h 22m 33s   Dec: +42°20'50"
Horizon: Azim: 298°06'43"   Alt: +33°09'00"
Size: 11.7 x 1.6
Transit time: 16:01  Always above horizon.
Object type: Spiral Galaxy
Source catalog: Revised NGC
Blue mag: 10.9
Constellation: AND
Surface brightness: 13.1
Remarks: IRAS02195+4209
Dreyer description : Remarkable! Bright, very large, very moderately extended 22°.
Position angle: 22°00'
Hour angle: 05h 58m 09s
Air mass: 1.83
Sidereal time: 08:21
Click distance: 0.0000
Catalog number: 891
Celestial type: 8
Catalog: 1