My Astronomy




My Telescopes

My Main Telescope - C14 and Paramount ME

My new Paramount MyT and 8-inch Ritchey-Chretien Telescope

MyT Hand Controller

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 30th May 2014 - 2013cs remotely Imaged from Siding Spring



Using a V filter a 5 minute remote exposure was taken using T9 (Siding Spring) of 2013cs. Using the V comparison stars shown in VPhot a V magnitude of 2013cs was determined as 13.979. This is slightly fainter than the predicted peak magnitude for 2013cs of 13.84 (based on a typical predicted magnitude of -19 for a Type 1a [ Link ] ).

See David Bishop's "Latest Supernovae" discovery details on SN 2013cs here.

See Stan Howerton image of Sn 2013cs on 20th May 2013 here.