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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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Friday 29th August 2014 Minor Planet 1994 YZ

I was checking one of my galaxy images - PGC 24464 - taken in the early hours of 4th January 2012 and noticed a trail near the galaxy. The exposure was only 30s so it would have to be a fast moving object - or possibly a cosmic ray - although cosmic rays tend to be thin wiggly streaks usually. I solved the plate in CCDSoft and The Sky indicated that there were in fact two minor planets in the field of view at that time and added green circles to my image to pinpoint them. Not surprisingly the 21st mag minor planet does not show but the Mag 18.6 one is in its circle as indicated. Any solutions to the mystery trail invited!