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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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Strong winds in Cabrera

It is difficult to sleep well when you have two telescopes on a platform up a mountain and a gale outside is threatening to blow both scopes away. It is 5.40 a.m. and checking the scopes half an hour ago I realised that the scope cover had been expertly removed from the smaller (CGEM) scope by the wind with snapped elastic cords lying around. I removed the OTA/camera assembly and brought it inside - replacing the cover over the tripod and power supplies which are in plastic boxes held down by heavy rocks. The tripods of both scopes are strapped down. The big scope is literally fastened to the mountain rocks with heavy strapping. The smaller tripod is strapped to the two heavy cannons that are the real reason for having the platform in the first place. Tomorrow a trip down to Turre to buy more elastic cords! Oh and probably a lot of sleep!