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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 191 Monday 6th October 2014 M83, PGC 724525 and PGC 48132, NGC 2301 and NGC 5457.

 The weather is improving but the Moon is full and there are extremely high winds which make it difficult to observe here in Spain so I have abandoned the possibility for the moment. Hopefully when the Moon has gone the skies will be clear. 


I used the T30 telescope in Siding Spring to take an image of M83(above). This is a 300 second image of one of my favourite objects.

There are a couple of small galaxies visible on this image - here is a close up. There are a couple more that I have yet to identify.


and also used telescope T30 to image the open cluster NGC 2301

I used T11 in New Mexico to take a 600 second image of NGC 5457