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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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Comet C/2017 O1 (ASASSN) in Camelopardalis 30th October 2017 07:11 U.T. imaged from New Mexico and California using 3 remote telescopes

I took images of C/2017 O1 (ASASSN) with three remote telescopes simultaneously. The image shows the wide angle image with the other two images as insets. The plate solution shows the actual image taken with T20 precisely superimposed on the SkyX Chart - Courtesy of Software Bisque

The telescopes used were:(Data Courtesy of

Main image- T20 New Mexico OTA: Takahashi FSQ-ED 

Optical Design: Petzval Apochromat Astrograph 
Aperture: 106mm (0.1 metre) 
Focal Length: 530mm (0.53 metre) 
F/Ratio: f/5.0 
Guiding: External 
Mount: Paramount PME
Telescope Optics T3 New Mexico
OTA: Takahashi TOA-150
Optical Design: Apochromatic Refractor 
Aperture: 150mm
Focal Length: 1095mm
F/Ratio: f7.3
Guiding: Internal 
Mount: Paramount GTS 
Telescope Optics T24 California
Optical Design: Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph
Aperture: 610mm
Focal Length: 3962 mm (155.9") 
F/Ratio: f/6.5
Guiding: External Guiding (300 Secs +) 
Mount: Planewave Ascension 200HR