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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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Clocks back - more astronomy last night - 430 galaxies -a 1 second M42 image and Variable Stars.

The extra hour last night meant that I felt I was given more observing time so my last image was taken at 3:02 a.m. (updated time - it was really 4: 02 old time!) A busy night for the telescope imaging galaxies in Cygnus, Lyra, Vulpecula, Equueleus and Delphinus to a total of 430. I also imaged a few objects of interest - for example the Great Nebula in Orion - this is a one second image. 

Another object was the Little Dumbbell Nebula M76 - a planetary nebula in Perseus otherwise known as NGC 650.


I also imaged a few Variable Star fields - yet to be analysed.

One of the galaxies on my search list is NGC 7264 - imaged a couple of night ago.

This is a standard 30s exposure unfiltered.