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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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Rain and Cloud today

No astronomy possible tonight. I earlier checked the operation of the roof of the observatory during a dry spell - it works fine. Also I needed an appropriate sized adaptor to connect my ETX90  OTA to my Canon 40D. I bought this adaptor last week and connected it to the ETX today.

Baader Planetarium 7 mm Ultra Short T-Adaptor 


Together with my Meade f/6.3 focal reducer this will allow the full moon to fit into the field of view. 

Product Description

SCT adaptor Ultras nursery, T2 (Male)/2SC (female). Only 10 mm Optical length. Specifications: Weight (kg): 0.038. Optical tube length: 7. Inner Diameter / Clear Aperture (mm): 39. Outer Diameter: 56. Inner Connection (lens sided): Thread, 2". Outer Connection (eyepiece/-camera-sided): Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75). Compatible Brands: Astro T-2, UNC, Baader Planetarium, Celestron, Other. Type of Adapter: Reducing piece


I also ordered an adaptor for the Guidecope mount that I use to hold the Canon 40D/ETX. At present I have a stack of washers but need a more solid way of attaching the mount to the Primaluce bar. This is the same adaptor that supports the guidescope mount for my SkyWatcher 80mm guidescope.


FLO Adapter for Sky-Watcher Guidescope Mount

"A convenient adapter plate that enables you to easily fit the Sky-Watcher Guidescope Mount to any Sky-Watcher or ADM dovetail.

CNC machined black-anodised aluminium. 

Supplied with 2x 1/4" UNC screws (to fit dovetail) and 4x M5 screws (to fit Guidescope mount). "