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My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

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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

 

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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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Saturday
Feb152014

Day 4 Nova in Sagittarius - Previous Novae Videos

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The wind has decreased today with a clear sky. A warm day. I see in an electronic circular from Guy Hurst at the Astronomer that a potential mag 8.7 Nova has been discovered by Sigeru Furuyama of Japan  in Sgr using only a 200mm f/2.8 camera lens on 2014 Jan. 26.85UT. The declination is -22 degrees so I thought I might use a remote telescope at Siding Spring to try to spot the current situation but it is clouded out today!

This is a short video of another Nova in Sagittarius - from 2012

 

This is a video from SLOOH that describes a Nova that occurred in August 2013

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Clear in the evening but with a brilliant full Moon. Venus is at its brightest today (morning before dawn) but it is on the other side of the mountain for me so I cannot see it.