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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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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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First power up of Paramount MyT with 8-inch RC Scope

I just powered up the MyT for the first time with the set up shown in the image. On switch on I pressed the button on the joystick twice - very similar to using my PME and the scope slewed to its home position. I set the rate to X1200 and used the joystick to adjust the mount back to the position shown. As you can see the scope is in the sitting room of the villa in Mojacar but I then managed to check the telescope for the first time by using a 2-inch eyepiece and pointed the scope at a distant target looking through the double glazing and the window bars.The distant target was across the Med on the other side of the bay to the north of Mojacar. I was able to bring the distant land mass to a focus ready for when I test it on the night sky - hopefully on Monday night.