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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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Sunday 14th September 2014 - Manchester Museum of Science and Technology - Liverpool and Manchester Railway opening almost exactly 184 years ago- MP killed by the Rocket en-route from Liverpool to Manchester and Prime Minister Wellington pelted with vegetables in Manchester.

I visited Manchester Museum of Science and Technology today. It was interesting to see how time was once displayed at a railway station. (I miss railway stations now that we only seem to have train stations!!) The sundial below is housed in the museum which includes the oldest surviving railway station in the world - Liverpool Road Station in Manchester. The Sundial was made in 1833 as explained in this web page. Further down the page see how, at the inaugural opening journey, the Liverpool MP was killed by Rocket en-route  from Liverpool to the station with the Duke of Wellington and why Prime Minister Wellington was pelted with vegetables on arrival at Liverpool Road Station. Also see that a few months later, when more locomotives had been delivered,  the  first goods train to arrive at the station brought a consignment of cotton from the Southern States of America - destined for the Lancashire Cotton Mills.



This is how you travelled


The above image is of a Manchester and Liverpool Railway train with first class carriages.

The image below shows first,second and "cattle" class!

The station building - now housing museum exibits

The image below shows the station on the left and the goods warehouse on the right. Note the lack of a platform - steps were needed to get on and off the train.