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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
Feb172014

Day 6 telescopes unloaded - Cabrera Tour Variable Star V0645 

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A misty start to the day - could not see the Mediterranean Sea at all - then a little rain but looked brighter at 11:30 a.m. I removed the Paramount ME from the truck today - it did not feel safe in the back of the truck going round the steep mountain bends and I could hear ominous rumblings from the back - it can stay indoors until I find a suitable site for it. I also brought in the CGEM mount and aim to set that up here with my 4" refractor and Canon 40D when I can.It is a relatively cold and cloudy day today. I walked briefly around Cabrera with some images shown below. The first one is taken part way up "heart attack hill" - you have to take it very easy to avoid one!

This one is slightly further up - the Moroccan restaurant is below.

The next image looks down on the old hotel grounds.

 

The pylons are up in the clouds.

 

It is always interesting to see a car take a right hand turn coming up the hill (HA Hill) into this road when the front of the car is suddenly 6 ft higher than the back....

 

I managed to take one image this afternoon using the Siding Spring Australian remote telescope T13. The target was the variable star V0645 Monoceros. The idea was to take two images about 2 hours apart to see the brightness difference but as soon as I got one image the observatory roof had to close because of the weather.

 I  solved the image in SkyX to be able to identify the magnitudes of nearby stars. Here is the solution

 

 

Here is a negative of the image showing some nearby stars - all much fainter than the variable which varies between magnitude 0.02 and 4.68.