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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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 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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Thursday 21st October 2010 - A very brief Supernova Search 

Although the night (of the 20th October) started well ,clouds rolled in and kept interrupting imaging of galaxies near the zenith - an attempt to  repeat a good night of imaging on Saturday 16th October, using the same sequence of galaxies as a first check on the new field of view of 17.2 arc minutes square  The first galaxy imaged was NGC 7250 from the series "Sky only 1a". The "Sky only" reference is to the way that The Sky Data wizard was set up to sequence the galaxies selected in a particular area of the sky as defined by the galaxies shown on the actual screen of the laptop. Galaxies are selected only by their visibility on the screen and not by using filters. Only 24 galaxies were imaged before clouds prevented further imaging.