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My Telescopes

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 36 List of Supernovae Discovered in 2014

A cloudy start to the day. Starting to think about Supernovae searching for when I have my suitable Spanish location. I have listed all supernovae discovered in 2014. The data was obtained from the IAU List of Recently Discovered Supernovae.

Object Host Galaxy Discovery Date Type Name Discoverer
2014A NGC 5054 2014 1 1 IIP 2014A Kim, Zheng et al. (LOSS)
2014B NGC 4939 2014 1 2 IIP 2014B Kim, Zheng et al. (LOSS)
2014C NGC 7331 2014 1 5 Ib 2014C Kim, Zheng et al. (LOSS)
2014D UGC 7170 2014 1 1 Ia 2014D Howerton, Drake et al. (Catalina Real-time Transient Survey)
2014E UGC 7034 2014 1 7 Ia 2014E Howerton, Drake et al. (Catalina Real-time Transient Survey)
2014F NGC 6667 2014 1 11 II 2014F Itagaki
2014G NGC 3448 2014 1 14 IIn 2014G Itagaki; Wiggins
2014H Anon. 2014 1 14 Ia 2014H Li, Mo, Wang, Zhang (THU-NAOC Transient Survey)
2014I Anon. 2014 1 17 Ia 2014I Parker
2014J NGC 3034 2014 1 21 Ia 2014J Fossey
2014K Anon. 2014 1 22 Ia 2014K Cortini
2014L NGC 4254 2014 1 26 Ic 2014L Zhang, Wang et al. (THU-NAOC Transient Survey)
2014M Anon. 2014 1 18 Ia 2014M Ma, Wei, Shang, Wang, Wang
2014N ESO 246-G22 2014 1 27 IIP 2014N Parker
2014O ESO 263-G4 2014 2 2 IIP 2014O Parker et al.
2014P ESO 264-G49 2014 2 2 IIn 2014P Parker
2014Q Anon. 2014 1 29 Ia 2014Q Morokuma et al. (KISS); Zhou, Mo, Wang, Zhang (TNTS)
2014R UGC 5055 2014 2 8 Ia-p 2014R Zhou, Chen, Wang, Zhang (THU-NAOC Transient Survey)
2014S Anon. 2014 2 21 II 2014S Tanaka et al. (Kiso Supernova Survey)
2014T Anon. 2014 2 22 IIn 2014T Tanaka et al. (Kiso Supernova Survey)
2014U NGC 3859 2014 2 23 II 2014U Tanaka et al. (Kiso Supernova Survey)
2014V NGC 3905 2014 2 21 II 2014V Smartt, Smith et al. (Pan-STARRS1 3pi Survey)
2014W Anon. 2014 1 25 Ia 2014W Dhungana, Ferrante et al. (ROTSE)
2014X ESO 379-G31 2014 3 1 Ia 2014X Parker
2014Y Anon. 2014 3 2 IIn 2014Y Zhang, Wang, Mo (THU-NAOC Transient Survey)
2014Z ESO 114-G4 2014 3 6 Ia 2014Z Parker
2014aa NGC 3861 2014 3 7 Ia 2014aa Arbour
2014ab Anon. 2014 3 9 IIn 2014ab Howerton, Drake eet al. (Catalina Real-time Transient Survey)
2014ac NGC 5837 2014 3 9 Ia 2014ac Leonini et al.
2014ad Anon. 2014 3 12 I-p 2014ad Howerton, Drake et al. (Catalina Real-time Transient Survey)