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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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Sunday 18th May 2014. In 2009 I had no mirror lock on my SCT - now in place!

Galaxy Run 17th October 2009


Only 49 Galaxies tonight - this was the first - NGC 676 - brighter than the normal range of galaxies imaged. (You can see that the images below are not well centred - a required refocusing shifted the images - an unwelcome feature of the LX200 in that focusing moves the mirror  - causing this shift! The Paramount of course does not know this and moves to where it thinks the centre is!)

Object name: NGC 676
Magnitude: 11.9
Equatorial: RA: 01h 49m 30s   Dec: +05°57'31"(current)
Equatorial 2000: RA: 01h 48m 57s   Dec: +05°54'22"

Size: 4.0 x 1.0

(Details from Software Bisque "The Sky")

Image 20' X 20'  Temperature ST9XE - 5 Celsius 30 seconds exposure


This was the 27th Galaxy Imaged

Object name: M 33

Other ID: NGC 598
Magnitude: 5.5
Equatorial: RA: 01h 34m 27s   Dec: +30°42'44"(current)
Equatorial 2000: RA: 01h 33m 52s   Dec: +30°39'29"

Size: 68.7 x 41.6

(Details from Software Bisque "The Sky")

Image 20' X 20'  Temperature ST9XE -5 Celsius 30 seconds exposure