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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 45 How much dark time in the summer in Almeria?

I have now confirmed the location of my Spanish Observatory between June 2014 and November 2014. It will be here in Cabrera but at a high point with 360 degree views. This is it on the left.








The telescopes will be situated to get the best view towards the South where I can take advantage of the lower latitude of 37 degrees - being able to see further South than from my observatory at 53 degrees. It may seem that June is an odd time to start with less dark hours than in the winter but again because of the latitude the day / night variation is less. I have compared the variation netween Preston (Leyland Observatory is very close to Preston) and Almeria in the charts below and roughly estimated the number of hours of darkness in each location between June and November.

The images are courtesy of Gaisma and the copyright is theirs. To obtain a chart for your own location please visit their website here.

A cloudy evening so no imaging.