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My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

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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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Monday 26th May 2014 - yet another lesson on how to miss a supernova! M95 in 2012.

Below is my image of M95 taken on 15th March 2012 at 22:42 UT. This was the 72nd image taken that night out of a total set of 401 galaxies. I checked this image on 16th March and found no supernova. I suspect it is there but just too faint to show on my 30 second image! Can you see anything?

Shortly after my observation a supernova exploded in the galaxy and was detected on the evening following my image being taken at 16.849. (16th March|).

Details of the discovery are here

The actual discovery image is here


I imaged the new supernova on the 22nd March - see image below.

Here is an animation blinking between the two images above.