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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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Saturday
Apr052014

Day 53 - Bright Jupiter surrounded by invisible comets.

A clear night with Jupiter below Castor and Pollux and the Moon below Jupiter. To the right (West) was Auriga the Charioteer.

The phase of the Moon is about 36% and waxing.

The star to the left of Jupiter is Mekbuda which is a 4th magnitude star otherwise known as 43-Zeta Geminorum. To Jupiter's right hand side is Mebsuta which is a 3rd magnitude star and is 27- Epsilon Geminorum. As you can see the area is fairly swarming in comets. Unfortunately the brightest one is about 13th magnitude ranging down to 18th magnitude or fainter - but interesting nevertheless to know that they are there.