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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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Open Cluster NGC 4349 in the Southern Cross imaged from Siding Spring

This is NGC 4349. Although it was the 17th January 2015 here it was 04:51:38 in the morning of 18th January in Siding Spring. It was a 300 second exposure. It lies at a distance of 2176 parsecs. 

NGC 4349 North is up and east is to the left

This is the data from the plate solution

NGC 4349 is arrowed.

This is where you find NGC 4349. If you look closely you can see the actual image to scale at the chart position marked.

NGC 4349 is arrowedStar charts and plate solutions generated by TheSkyX © Software Bisque, Inc. All rights reserved.

So NGC 4349 is situated in the southern consteallation of Crux which is The Southern Cross.