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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 112 Saturday 12th July 2014 iPhone Super Moon and more cloud..

A brilliant warm clear day - until the clouds rolled in as it became dark! I suppose that I have to accept that September, October and November will be the best months here.

Out on the terrace I could see Moonlight reflected from clouds with the (Super!) Moon behind the mountain to the south east. I used a long exposure app on my iphone (1 sec) to capture it. 


That faint dot could be Altair and Tarazed the even fainter one?

I could just see Mars and Spica - quite close together - and thought of using my long exposure app but I really need a tripod and remote release - which I have but the objects had gone behind cloud before I could do anything.Observing abandoned.