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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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UPDATED: Potential Supernovae in Tucana discovered this morning.Imaged this afternoon using T31 Siding Spring

A potential supernova in PGC 128348 in Tucan was announced at 03:12 this morning (29th October 2014) following discovery by the "Assassin" (All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae) team.


Details were given as follows:

Constellation: Tucana

Host Galaxy: PGC 128348 Alias: 2MASXJ23331223-6034201 NED Data   DSS (R) IMage

Object Designation: ASASSN-14jg

RA: 23:33:13.90  DEC: -60:34:11.5

Discovered: 2014-10-29.05

The dicovery V magnitude was 14.9 so it is quite bright for a supernova but I will not be able to image it from Spain at a declination of -60 degrees. As I write this it is 6:25 p.m. local in Siding Spring in Australia so there is a possibility of getting an image from one of the telescopes there a little later. 

It is a little later now and I finally managed to get an image of this Supernova by using telescope T31 at Siding Spring.

This is the reference Deep Sky Survey image

This is the image I took this afternoon from Siding Spring T31 telescope.

 The (potential)  supernova is not easily missed. To be continued.