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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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Day 37 Planet visibility - Current appearance of the Moon and Saturn - Sky and Telescope's Week. 

I spent most of the day planning my more permanent location for my main telescope. It started cloudy in the day but cleared and was warm later. I know that the Moon and Saturn are going to appear close to each other in the sky tonight but the moon will not rise until 11:9 p.m. with a transit at 2:39 a.m. so I need to make sure I don't miss that. The Moon will have a phase of about 79% (waning)

This shows the visibility of Solar System Objects for tomorow


This is what the Moon will look like

and this is the current view of Saturn if you have a big telescope!

This week's Sky and Telescope's video is worth watching.


For those in New York and elsewhere the occultation was spoiled by poor weather this morning - I don't know if anyone managed to see it.