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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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Reverend Webb and The English Mechanic

A few moments ago (literally as I start to write this) there was a knock at my front door and the postman handed me a parcel. I had forgotten that I was expecting a delivery from eBay of a bound copy of volume 19 of "The English Mechanic" from 1874. (A4 size hardback 679 pages- cost £9.75!) I opened the package and flipped through to page 66 (Issue 471 April 3rd 1874), where I noticed a letter entitled " Jupiter and his Satellites - Red Stars." I then noticed it was from a T.W. Webb, Hardwick Vicarage dated 26th March 1874. It then dawned on me that this was the Webb who had written "Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes" fifteen years earlier in the Hardwick Vicarage. if you are a BAA member you can download the 1975 (85,5) issue of the BAA Journal which has a good article about Webb by E. G. Moore.  This is a quote from that article:

  His letter to the English Mechanic was also about Jupiter and red stars.- in particular S Orionis!