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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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About the Site

 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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Optical Transient in Messier 51 using a Remote 10 inch telescope

I was notified by Guy Hurst of the Astronomer magazine about the presence of an optical transient in Messier 51. It was discovered on 22nd January 2019. It is a 'supernova imposter' - a variable star that has brightened considerably so, unlike a supernova, it will not be destroyed.  I took an image of this on 2nd March 2019 using a remote 10" reflecting telescope in New Mexico. This is shown below.  I have added some nearby stellar magnitudes to the image to compare with the transient magnitude. By ‘solving the plate’ of the image in the SkyX software I measure the coordinates of AT 2019abn as RA: 13h 29m 41.8s Dec: +47° 11' 12" (Epoch 2000).
Full details of the transient can be found here.


Eta Carina Nebula

Luminance: 3 x 180s, Red: 3 X 60s, Green: 3 X 60s, Blue: 3 x 60s. Stacked and Aligned in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop CC.


Messier 51

Single 5 minute exposure


IC2169 in Monoceros


IC 434 Horsehead Nebula LRGB image through my 8-inch RC with ZWO 1600 Mono Camera 

LRGB 5 x 60s exposures per filter. Aligned and combined in Nebulosity. Processed in Photoshop CC


The Moon 

The Moon - a 1/1000 second image taken using my ZWO 1600 and 8 -inch Ritchey Chretien scope.


Museum of the Moon

On Tuesday 19th February this year I visited the Harris Museum in Preston to see the ‘Museum of the Moon” It is based around a 7 metre diameter giant Moon that was suspended from the ceiling in the Harris Museum which is an Art Gallery and Library in central Preston.


Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto

The animation shows the rapid movement of the comet on Sunday morning 10th February 2019 over a period of 2h 20m.

The image below identifies two of the brighter stars





Minor Planet HEBE predicted position on march 18th 2019 and image from 9th february 2019

Hebe is currently in the constellation of Orion. This wil be its position on 18th March as it approaches the constellation of Gemini.

I took an image from Spain using my 8-inch Ritchey-Chretien Telescope and ZWO 1600 Mono Camera on the 9th February when Hebe  was here:

This is the image: LRGB Image of Hebe 2 X 30s RGB 4 X 30s Luminance from Almeria in southern Spain.


The chart below shows its movement in April 2019



Amateur Night Sky - Week starting February 4th 2019