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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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Jupiter, the Moon and SN2014J

Sunny with a bit of a chill in the wind but fine nevertheless.

A clear evening - I tried to improve polar alignment by centreing Polaris through the sighting hole in the polar axis - relying on a 6 star alignment of the CGEM.

Jupiter was the first target. This is Jupiter seen on the APT screen with its 4 moons. A 10 second exposure at 1600 ISO.

The moons of Jupiter are identified in the image below.


THe Moon was imaged - this is it displayed in APT



In a 30 second image through the ETX 90 I could just see supernova SN 2014J


This is the supernova through my C14 on 23rd January 2014