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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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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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Supernova 2014dg imaged yesterday in Camelopardalis

This type 1a Supernova - SN 2014dg -  is still visible in PGC 13880 in the constellation of Camelopardalis - the Giraffe. It was on my run of galaxies for my supernova search and I came across it. It was discovered in September by Koichi Itagaki - who discovered another SN in the same constellation this year - 2014aj in PGC 16897. The latter SN has faded and was not on my image that was also on last night's list. Here is 2014dg - a rough estimate comparing with nearby stars puts it between magnitude 14 and 15 so you will need a decent size telescope to spot it.

A chart showing its location is here - the green laser shows its position.

 Here is the chart of SN2014aj.

The history of this SN can be followed at David Bishop's page about it.