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My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

My new Paramount MyT and 8-inch Ritchey-Chretien Telescope

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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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The CGEM and the SBIG Camera

This is the telescope at the moment.I am waiting for darkness to fall to test this new set up - but it looks as though clouds are moving in.

 This is a closer look at the SBIG ST9XE on the 4 inch Meade.

 The filter wheel is attached and contains only B and V photometric filters. The X0.8 focal reducer slides into the 2" telescope tube.

This is how the power and USB cables get into the house.

 The laptop uses the SkyX to control the CGEM and the SBIG camera and PHD controls the guiding camera. The SBIG has its own inbuilt guider chip though so PHD is only necessary with a different camera.


The cloud remained with occasional gaps that allowed me to align the finder on the guidescope and the  Telrad using a 32mm eyepiece on the scope. As soon as I put the camera back on however the cloud thickened and that was that.