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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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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 104 Friday 4th July 2014 C14 out of action.

The problem persisted and I was unable to start up the mount so I posted a description of the problem in the Paramount ME forum at Software Bisque which is normally answered fairly promptly by one of the Bisque brothers based in Boulder Colorado. I did realise it was 4th July so I don't expect a response until next week. I decided to strip down the telescope - removing the C14 and the balance weights. This had no effect at all - the mount on its own without load had the same problem.

The other day I installed the polar finderscope for the CGEM. This video shows the installation (from Mark Zabokrtsky on You Tube). My finderscope does not have the metal ring.