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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 75 June 5th 2014 Early start to see the stars

I got up at 4.30 to go out and see the sky as I knew the Moon would have moved out of the way.

I was disappointed for a second or two as I thought there was a band of cloud but then realised it was the Milky Way!

From the high point I was able to get a 360 degree view. The area generally to the South was dark but to the North East particularly there was a lot (relatively speaking) of light pollution from the Garrucha general area coming inland.

In the South East Antares was glowing red well over the Sierra Cabrera Mountain range and its parent constellation of Scorpius. To its right Saturn was visible in Libra and further to the right there was Mars in Virgo.

Overhead the Summer Triangle was a little lost in all the stars in the Milky Way track. I struggled for a second ot two to spot Lyra - wishing I had a telescope set up to have a quick look at the Ring Nebula.

Lower down to the East I could see the Andromeda Galaxy pointed out to me by the Square of Pagasus running into Andromeda. One two three stars up and there it was. A little disappointing as the sky was quite "bright" in that direction.

Ursa Major was to my left looking North and Cassiopeia to my right.