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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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Astronomy Magazines and Clouds

I have just set up a home based "Cloud" service that allows me to back up everything from my various computer devices to a special type of 2 TB hard drive that plugs into my router. My main laptop now automatically gets backed up onto this on a continuous basis through my wireless network. Obviously the one drawback is that if my house burns down the drive goes with it. The advantage is that I buy the drive once and don't have to pay a company recurring fees for external service. However my Dropbox account (only a free one) links to the cloud system as a device so if I want to use that as well I can. 

That is only part of it - it also backs up my photographs and music to the home cloud from my PC, iPhone and iPad. Now if I want music I go onto my iPhone (or any device), run the iPhone cloud App and select the music from the cloud drive! Centralised music. I also have a bluetooth speaker so I usually just use my iPhone with the cloud, set it to bluetooth on and play the music.

This is not just from the house! Anywhere I have internet access I can access anything from my cloud drive - so if I am in Spain and want to show photos from my cloud I can do so!

The same applies to WORD Documents and PDFs etc - for example If I am working on a WORD document I can drag it from my PC to the cloud drive and immediately access it from my iPhone or iPad.

I found that it is an excellent way of managing PDF files. I have subscribed to the PDF only option for "The Astronomer" magazine for some time now. I usually forget to save them or save them somewhere I cant find! I have just stored (all 12) 2014 issues on the cloud and can now go onto my iPad(wherever I am) , open the cloud app and "The Astronomer" folder and there they all are. PDF magazines are ideal for reading on the iPad. I will work back through the issues storing them when I can.

I also now subscribe to the online only editions of "Sky and Telescope" and "Astronomy" US based magazines. It is very straightforward to save these as PDFs and I now read those on my iPad as well.

If you are a BAA member and have registered on their website you have access to any issue of the BAA Journal online as a downloadable PDF. A word of warning  - they are all there from issue 1 which was October 1890!! At 6 a year that adds up to quite a lot. However I now have a BAA Journal folder on my cloud!

I have copies of astronomy magazines going back to the seventies so a large chunk of my house is packed with them - I may soon be thinking about selling them off!!