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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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Day 2 of New Observatory

Today I put together the two halves of the observatory metal base in the correct location. Obviously there will need to be some courtyard tree trimming!

They were secured together by two bolts on the east and two bolts on the west side. One of the bolts on the east side is shown below.

 Then I drilled an M10 hole through the tiles into the concrete below on each corner. I used an M10 through bolt (concrete anchor) to fasten down the base as shown below. See the you tube video here. I made sure tht the top of the bolt is below the level of the floor ledge on each corner.

 I made sure that the metal base was level in east-west and north-south directions. The east west level is shown below

The north -south level is shown below