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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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Day 16 - Windy day - Cloudy New Mexico - Canon 40D attached to ETX90 - Toucam Pro attached to 4" Refractor. - 

Not a bad day but sufficiently windy to get me worried about the telescope outside. I have added securing lines fixed at three points that should keep it safe! I started to take an image on Telescope T20 in New Mexico but part way through the roof closed due to bad weather. I decided to transfer the Canon 40D from the Meade 4" to the Meade ETX90 for a trial.


This is how the camera is attached


 I also decided to attach my Toucam Pro 740k to the Meade 4" refractor.

The Toucam Pro is a fairly old Webcam shown in its original planned method of use here:

There is a special adaptor that replaces the Toucam lens with a 1 1/4 inch tube that fits into the eyepiece holder.

Here is a closer look at the threaded end that screws into the Toucam



and the removed Toucam lens


and here it is with the adaptor in place


This is the USB webcam ready to be connected to the telescope.

and plugged in to the eyepiece holder.


ready to go when connected to the computer.


The day remained fairly windy and clouded over but I noticed it was clearing towards midnight but decided to wait for an earlier start - hopefully tomorrow!