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DSLR attached to ETX90. LiveView image of 2015 partial eclipse on Canon 40D

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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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Leyland to Portsmouth


A fairly insignificant drive down to Portsmouth - arriving hours early. The Terminal has to be one of the most ununteresting places to go in the world - except that they now have a Costa Coffee in the building.

I found it much more interesting to sit in the car.

The Moon was bright with a phase of 78.75% waxing so I took an i-phone shot of it.

I notice that the British get really stressed when waiting to go on a ferry or to leave it. No amount of worrying about getting on as soon as possible will make any difference whatsoever - people were clearly getting annoyed when people that had just arrived were getting on before them. Brittany Ferries even have a video now explaining that loading the boat is a very technical operation in that different sizes and weights determine location on the boat - as well as little things like ensuring that refrigerated trucks are parked near power sockets to keep their load cold! It is a good idea to ensure that the boat is not tipped over to the side and is balanced side to side and front to back!

Another i-phone snap minutes before I drove on to the Cap Finistere.