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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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Day 127 Sunday 27th July 2014 Supernova found - 19 days too late!

I spent the day upgrading the SkyX to include the daily builds - quite an effort but managed it. This allowed me to link the camera via the camera add on to Orchetrate so I was ready to go!

I started a run of galaxy imaging and acquired 233 galaxy images for my library. 

When I checked the image of PGC 67733 against the DSS image I spotted a suspect SN which turned out to be the real thing - but had been discovered on the 8th July 2014 by an automated survey!!


 To see the details go to Dave Bishop's site and search for UGC 11860 on that page.

 I had another suspect which turned out to be the minor planet Anhui!