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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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Tuesday
Feb102015

Jewel Box Cluster imaged from Siding Spring

I used telescope T32 in Siding Spring to image NGC 4755 which is known as the Jewel Box Cluster.

 This is the image data:

Object Name: NGC 4755

Object Type: Open Cluster

Altitude: +59° 41' 50" 

Constellation: Crux

Major Axis: 10.0

Minor Axis: 10.0

RA (Topocentric): 12h 54m 34.695s 

Dec (Topocentric): -60° 26' 05.516" 

RA (2000.0): 12h 53m 37.001s 

Dec (2000.0): -60° 21' 22.011" 

Azimuth: 168° 01' 56" 

Axis Position Angle:   0° 00' 

Magnitude: 4.20

Transit Time: 04:37

Hour Angle: -00h 48m 58s 

Air Mass: 1.16

Rise/Set Notes: Always above horizon.

Source Catalog: Revised NGC

Constellation: CRU

Remarks: Jewel Box, Kappa Cru cl.

Date: 11/02/2015

Time: 03:47:49 DST

Constellation (Abbrev.): Cru

Screen X: 392.91

Screen Y: 316.63

Sidereal Time: 12:06

Julian Date: 2457064.19987269

and the telescope data

CCD: FLI Proline 16803T32 FOV 
QE: 60% Peak
Full Well:  > 100X Saturation Exposure (ABG)
Dark Current:  <0.07 e-/pixel/sec. @ -35º C
Pixel Size:  9um Square
Resolution:  0.63 arcsec/pixel
Sensor: KAF-16803 
Cooling: -35º C default 
Array:   4096 x 4096 pixels
FOV:  43.2 x 43.2 arcmin    
Filters: Astrodon E-Series. Red, Green, Blue.
Luminance, Ha, SII, OIII, V, I
Position Angle: 90º

Telescope Optics

OTA: Planewave 17" CDK 
Optical Design: Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph 
Aperture: 431mm
Focal Length: 2912mm
F/Ratio: f/6.8 
Guiding: Active Guiding Disabled
Mount: Planewave Ascension 200HR

 

CCD: FLI Proline 16803T32 FOV Dark Current:  <0.07 e-/pixel/sec. @ -35º CPixel Size:  9um SquareResolution:  0.63 arcsec/pixelSensor: KAF-16803 Cooling: -35º C default Array:   4096 x 4096 pixelsFOV:  43.2 x 43.2 arcmin    Filters: Astrodon E-Series. Red, Green, Blue.

OTA: Planewave 17" CDK 
Optical Design: Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph 
OTA: Planewave 17" CDK 
Optical Design: Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph 

OTA: Planewave 17" CDK Optical Design: Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph 

Aperture: 431mm
Focal Length: 2912mm
F/Ratio: f/6.8 
Guiding: Active Guiding Disabled
Mount: Planewave Ascension 200HR
Aperture: 431mm
Focal Length: 2912mm
F/Ratio: f/6.8 
Guiding: Active Guiding Disabled
Mount: Planewave Ascension 200HR

Aperture: 431mmFocal Length: 2912mmF/Ratio: f/6.8 Guiding: Active Guiding DisabledMount: Planewave Ascension 200HR