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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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Probable Supernova discovered yesterday 30th October 2014 in Ursa Major

ASASSN has found a probable Supernova in Ursa Major.  As I write this I am taking an exposure from New Mexico (remotely) but as the altitude is only 21 degrees it may not be usable - I am surprised that the telescope can see it!

Details were given as follows:

Constellation: Ursa Major

Host Galaxy: PGC 24396  NED Data   DSS (R) IMage

Object Designation: ASASSN-14jh

RA: 08:40:44.27  DEC: +57:15:04.91

Discovered:   2014-10-30.51


The imaging run from New Mexico has just completed (07:30 Spanish time) so I can check shortly to see if it has arrived in my VPhot image list at AAVSO. I have just looked at the jpeg image emailed to me and it is not looking promising. The fits image has not yet arrived at VPhot. Ursa Major is getting higher in the sky so I can try again if I can get telescope time in a few hours.

Last night here in Spain started off well and I started a run of galaxy imaging - but cloud soon set in and I had to abandon it. 

 Yesterday I took an image of ASASSN-14jg using the T32 telescope in New South Wales

 here it is again