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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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The Moon on D-Day and my telescopes on 6th June this year.

On D Day 6th June 1944 it was important for the airborne landings that the were illuminated by non-artificial light to maintain secrecy and so a date was chosen on which the Moon was full. The 5th was the original choice but bad weather delayed the assault until the next day.  I used the SkyX to illustrate the situation at midnight on the 5th/6th June 1944.

Back in 2014 a dull, cool and cloudy start to the day but it soon brightened and warmed up. Althought not fully organised yet I want to start to set up the Paramount Tripod today. It gets extremely windy up here - especially in the winter months. As I am here until the end of November I need to make sure that the tripod and mount are securely tied down. For that purpose I have brought with me some securing straps.

This is one set of four that I have brought with me.


I started to set up the telescope equipment as shown in the following images