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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 106 Sunday 6th July 2014 Telescope re-assembly and balancing.

I have started to re-assemble the telescope and have decided to spell out exactly how I balance the Paramount ME with the Celestron 14, the SBIG ST9XE Camera, the Teleskop 0.8X focal reducer and the TCS focuser.

There are a number of procedures for balancing telescopes - one of these is the

"Starizona Guide to balancing a telescope." Click below to go the the full document.


This is quite a good description but does not address the full procedure needed. The OTA will balance horizontally with this procedure but will most likely be out of balance when pointing at the zenith unless the OTA is perfectly symmetrical with no finders, cameras etc.