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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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Auriga overhead at 0600 Local Time in Mojacar Almeria Thursday 26th October 2017

I am currently in Mojacar in Almeria which is a lightpolluted location. However at 6 am local time this morning, in comparison with my usual base in Lancashire in the UK, the sky was ablaze with stars. I observed the stars from the terrace of a house which is only a few hundred yards from the Mediterranean Sea. Auriga was almost overhead and I could make out the M36,M37 and M38 clusters through my 8 X 30 binoculars.

Messier 36 - Remote Image by LA

Messier 37 - Remote Image by LA Messier 38 - Remote Image by LA