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My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

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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 180 Thursday 25th September 2014. Rainbows and Lightning.

No astronomy today as storms hit. Torrential rain and later on a bright rainbow with a secondary arc visible from my observatory.

The best was to come later in the evening with a replay of the Martian invasion in War of the Worlds. The storm was uncannily similar to the storm viewed from Tom Cruise's back garden! It went on for over an hour - at least! The video lasts for almost 4 minutes. I am not sure whether that first lightning flash looks more like a nuclear explosion or a Martian tripod!

Stills taken from the video