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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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Early morning stars

When I was 11  (many years ago) I was given a 1 inch drawtube telescope for Christmas, (I still have it). I can remember looking out a bedroom window at the bright star Betelgeuse with the telescope wondering why I could still only see a point of light - although it did dance around quite a lot like a little orange firefly. A few moments ago at 5.50 a.m.I was able to repeat that experience. It was cloudy yesterday and cloudy and very windy through the night so I had closed the external shutters in an attempt to reduce the noise. This morning it was dead calm so I opened the shutters and there was a very starry sky to the west. Orion was there and I used my old auction bought 8 X 30 Carl Zeiss binoculars to look at Betelgeuse and repeat the experience. It did bring back memories of using that 25mm telescope all those years ago. That was when my interest in astronomy started  - fueled by a TV programme that started not long after that called "The Sky at Night". What caught my attention though this morning was the Hyades star cluster.  I was never able to appreciate the Hyades because they were not immediately apparent - particularly through my bedroom window in Hartlepool with that little telescope! Through my bedroom window in the Sierra Cabrera mountain range in Southern Spain this morning half an hour ago it was a different matter. Aldebaran was brilliant and the stars of the Hyades stood out quite distinctly - ah well one more look out of the window and back to sleep I think.