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My Telescopes

My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

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

MyT Hand Controller

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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Back to Spain June 2018

On Sunday morning I drove from Buckshaw Village to Portsmouth - boarded the vessel Cap Finistere on Sunday night and arrived at Bilbao on Tuesday morning. I drove down the length of Spain, passsing Madrid and arrived at the house late on Tuesday evening. The image shows the equipment being unloaded from my truck at my Spanish property the next day.




November 2nd 2017 Mojacar by the Med


A day at RSPB Leighton Moss

I spent the day at Leighton Moss and took a few photographs using my new Sony Alpha 58 camera with my 150 to 500 mm zoom lens. On leaving the visitor centre you walk through a "picnic" area that has a number of bird feeders.
The male Chaffinch on the left was at one of these feeders.

The Robin on the right was on a nearby branch. I walked on to Lilian's Hide and took this image of a Bar Tailed Godwit.

I spotted a male Teal on the far side of the water and there were plenty of Black headed Gulls everywhere.


I moved on to Grisedale Hide and imaged a Lapwing - there was at least one more. A pair of Greylag Geese flew by.


In the far distance what I think is a Marsh Harrier flew by.

Still at the Grisedale Hide a pair of Gadwall were imaged. The female is on the left with the yellow beak and more pronounced mottling whereas the male Gadwall on the right has a black beak and less prononced mottling.

The Tim Jackson hide was pretty quiet - a[art from the noisy Black Headed Gulls.

On the way back from the Tim Jackson hide there was some male Blackcap activity


and a Robin was watching all of this from his vantage point.

I think this could be a Reed Warbler - pointed tail and long pointed beak - but I am not sure.

A Black Headed Gull was perched in front of the Public Hide

 A Pochard on the runway from the public hide  - going



Its a hard life! Male Gadwall from the Public Hide.

Time to wake up for a few exercises

Several Tufted Ducks were in front of the Public Hide.

A few Mute Swans were in the lake at the Public Hide

A Male Gadwall close up in front of the Public Hide


A Greylag Goose was cruising by in the distance.

A nesting Coot at the Public Hide

Black Backed Gull at the Public Hide

Pochard at the Lower Hide

Marsh Harrier at the Lower Hide


Birds tweeting

The owls were well hidden at the top of a tall tree.




Martin Mere 40 Years