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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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8th March 2015 - A bright Moon lights the sky

This was the Moon last night rising in the East at Leyland


To the Northeast - A setting of ISO 3200 brings out the stars but also the surroundings!

The constellation of Auriga  - the Kids showing clearly. 30second exposure, 20mm focal length, ISO 400 using my Sony Alpha 350 DSLR. The brightest star at the extreme left in the centre is Alhena in Gemini. See the chart below to identify the other stars.

Star Chart below - courtesy of Software Bisque names some of the stars in the above image. 

 Jupiter is in Cancer between Leo and Castor and Pollux in Gemini. This image shows Jupiter on the left and Castor and Pollux to the West. 29 second exposure, 20mm focal length, ISO 400 using my Sony Alpha 350 DSLR. 

This image shows Leo to the left of centre  (east) and Jupiter with the constellation of Cancer and Messier 44 to the west. 30second exposure, 20mm focal length, ISO 400 using my Sony Alpha 350 DSLR.

The Chart below, courtesy of Software Bisque, provides identification. Jupiter is highlighted.