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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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Day 72 Monday 2nd June 2014. Back in Spain today.

It is 8.11 am and I am due to fly from Manchester to Murcia Airport this afternoon -  with my son and family taking over my house.

This is the situation with aircraft at Manchester at this time. Plane Finder lets you see real time aircraft positions anywhere in the world!

At Murcia Airport (very small) there are no aircraft but to the North Alicante looks busy at 08:16 with several aircraft on approach.

This is a closer view of Alicante at 08:20 with two aircraft approaching and one departed. The airline, flight number, speed and height are shown - amazing!

My truck is at the Murcia airport parking (Plane Parking). It has been there since the end of April so I was worried last week that it might not start following a previous flat battery problem. A quick email and they sent someone off immediately to check that it would start. All was OK by a prompt return email. I know that they will be at the airport to pick me up and take me to my truck which will be washed and ready for me to get straight on to the AP7 motorway a very short drive away. That's what I call service!

Tomorrow I will start to transfer telescopes and equipment from my small apartment to the new location.

This shows both properties - the apartment is to the right of my truck and the new location is indicated.


This is my predicted view of the sky tonight in Cabrera but this view will need tweaking to match reality - I can adjust the horizon view to match the sky exactly. The view includes the tower shown in the first photograph.

Unfortunately a technical fault meant that my aircraft did not arrive in Manchester until about 4.30 in the afternoon (should have been a 1515 departure) so I did not arrive in Cabrera until after 11 pm local time.