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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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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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Saturday 16th August - Looking back to 2011 - Supernova SN2011B in NGC 2655 galaxy. The Little Dumbbell Nebula and Caroline Herschel's NGC 381 Cluster

In 2011 I imaged the supernova SN2011B, the second one to be discovered in 2011.


The image is the result of aligning then averaging 100 1-second images.

 I took the opportunity to image a number of interesting objects

 This is known as the "Little Dumbell" Nebula, NGC 650 or Messier 76. This is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Perseus.




The NGC 381 image below is of an open cluster that Caroline Herschel discovered in 1783.