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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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Day 133 Saturday 2nd August 2014 201 galaxies imaged - Closed loop slew to centre objects worked well. 

Another clear night but only 201 galaxies imaged for 30 seconds each  tonight. They numbered from 1784 to 1984. I used the previous reduction data as I have not changed anything and the dust spots are probably in the same place!

I am overlapping quite a bit with other nights to try and build up a library of good images.

I am still finding out features of the new SkyX and Camera Add On. An extremely useful feature is the fact that there now is a second "Slew" option If you slew to an object and it is not quite centred on the chip then you can do a"closed loop slew" What this means is that when you press this button the Camera Add On takes an image of the object, solves the plate and then automatically centres the object. It works very well indeed. This will be extremely useful for building a T Point model although you can automate the whole process - I have yet to try that - I will do that if I lose the current good pointing but the "if it ain't broke don'e fix it " adage applies here!