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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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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 26 Telescope 2 Setup and the Telrad

I decided to utilise the SBIG ST9XE on the 4" refractor as it was not a combination I had tried before. The setup is now like this.

The camera was attached with the 0.8X focal reducer in place so there should be a fairly wide field of view.

I managed to reduce down to a single USB cable as I had managed to get the USB hub working as normal. There are four devices now controlled through the single USB cable - the CGEM, the Canon 40D, the SBIG camera and the filter wheel. I could also have added the electronic focuser but did not have an adaptor to attach the focuser to the 2" telescope fitting. So I am using CCDSoft to control the camera and the filter wheel, APT - Astrophotography Tool to control the Canon 40D and NexRemote to control the telescope or the Sky6 if appropriate. I used the Sky6 in the past to slew the CGEM through a list of galaxies which were imaged automatically.(When I had a 12" Meade on the CGEM a couple of years ago).

The Telrad proves extremely useful - this is what it looks like

This is a view of the Moon sighting through the Telrad


 The Telrad is structured as shown below.