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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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 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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Christmas Eve - Wednesday 24th December 2014. Clouds and new cataclysmic Variable candidates in Auriga and Gemini

Christmas Eve! As I made a late night delivery of cards to some of my neighbours I looked up - massive clouds prevented any real view of the night sky but every now and then a star or two would appear in gaps in the cloud that would be quickly blotted out. Lancashire winter weather is fairly predictable - with only a few exceptions of occasional clear skies. I hope I am proved wrong in this respect over the next few months.

I received an electronic circular today (TA EC 3049) informing me that a potential Cataclysmic Variable had been discovered in Auriga on Monday in the form of an optical transient at an unfiltered magnitude of 16.8. by Shurpakov et al. The details are in the astronomer's telegram number 6847.(All Astronomer's Telegrams are automatically fed to the home page of my website).

Image Courtesy of MASTER - Click image for source

Another likely Cataclysmic Variable discovered on Sunday was reported in the same telegram in the constellation of Gemini at magnitude 18.6.

Courtesy of MASTER Click image to go to the source.

 TA EC 3049 also updated me on the supernovae 2014dn, 2014do and 2014dp. The links take you to Dave Bishop's data on each SN. You will need to search within the appropriate page for the particular SN.