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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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Galaxy Imaging

Now that I have resolved the issues with the Paramount and the C14 I can run automated galaxy imaging sessions and last night managed to image 227 galaxies as part of the supernova search programme. The Moon started to seriously get in the way about 1 am local time so I gave up. To build up my new galaxy library I am tempted to let the telescope run all night and go to bed one moonless night but it is always a risky strategy! It is certainly quite a bonus not to have a dome to rotate!

This is one of the galaxies imaged  - PGC 9795


Over the past 2 weeks I have imaged almost 1000 galaxies and will start another cycle of the same galaxies to see if any supernovae have occurred as well as starting a new cycle to increase the size of the galaxy library.

Galaxy PGC 10052 was also imaged.

 This Barred Galay is PGC 2901