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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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Monday
Jan102011

Brilliant Venus 

Having been clouded out the night before, I ventured out at 0530 UT to glance at the sky. The sky was completely clear with the “searchlight” of Venus shining at magnitude -4.4 in the South East just above the stars  Beta 1 Scorpii called AcrabGraffius (Mag 2.5)  and  Delta Scorpii (mag 2.29)

The Great Bear, Ursa Major, was directly overhead with a brilliant Arcturus in Bootes at Magnitude -0.05  being identified  by the Mizar/Alkaid  “pointers”  in its tail. 

Continuing the curved Mizar/Alkaid/Arcturus pointers round to the South brought me to Saturn in Virgo  at Mag 0.7 -  less than 10 degrees from first magnitude Spica and about 20 degrees from reaching the Meridian.

Two artificial satellites passed over in the first minute that I was outside and a meteor flashed downwards towards the North West.

Guilt set in that I had missed an observing opportunity but that by the time I set up my telescope the sun would be approaching the horizon.