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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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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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Spain 2011 to 2012

I arrived in Spain at Cabrera at about 9pm on Tuesday evening after a very long journey down from Bilbao following a 2 night boat journey from Portsmouth via the Bay of Biscay.(15th November 2011). The sky was clear and Jupiter was shining like a beacon in the dark sky.

The next day was clear and I was able to start unloading my truck to get ready to set up the telescope.


The optimum site for positioning the telescope was by the swimming pool - a convenient spot at top left.


The following images show some of the sky from that position




 The telescope was eventually set up in that position - as it has been raining in buckets since Thursday it is still not polar aligned. This is it undergoing slew testing from my "control room " in the house. This is a convenient corner with two windows allowing me to monitor the telescope and some of the sky! It is controlled by 20 metres of active USB cable with a splitter at the telescope end that connects to telescope control, the SBIG ST9XE Camera (not yet connected) and the TCF focuser. I use the TCF software for focusing as I have been unable to get CCDSoft to accept the connection as yet. I am hoping for a clear night tonight - the latest satellite image below (1400 hrs UT 21st Nov11) does show some gaps but it is by no means certain that I will be able to align the telescope and mount!!



I had a loud welcome from 6 Red Legged Partidges today at the back of the house - one shown below.