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My Telescopes

My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

My new Paramount MyT and 8-inch Ritchey-Chretien Telescope

MyT Hand Controller

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 159 Wednesday 27th August 2014. 233 galaxies imaged for SN Patrol. NGC 6015 in Draco and NGC 278 in Cassiopeia | Main | Day 157 Monday 25th August 2014 NGC 6781 Planetary Nebulae in Aquila, Camelopardalis, Cygnus and Cassiopeia »

Day 158 Tuesday 26th August 2014. 152 galaxies imaged for SN Patrol. NGC 6503 and NGC 5985 in Draco

 SN Patrol: 152 galaxies were imaged as part of my Supernova Patrol



   30 second exposure ST9XE using C14

The Plate solution

and the linked chart showing faint galaxy PGC 2733888

                                           NGC 5985 in Draco


   30 second exposure ST9XE using C14

 The linked image and chart showing galaxies in the field.

 and the plate solution