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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 stars from Lancashire tonight

I managed a brief view of the stars tonight. In the north was Ursa Major with the pointer to the pole star formed by drawing an arrow from Merak through Dubhe. The tail of the Bear was pointing to Arcturus which was low in the west at 1030 p.m. ,very much dimmed from its spectacular brightness when better positioned. Phecda,  another bright star in Ursa Major, is of particular interest at my location as it has a declination very close to the value of my latitude. This means that when it culminates it will be at my zenith.  Between the clouds in the zenith the stars of Cygnus were bright and Lyra was clearly visible with many stars visible in the area - many more than usual in this light polluted town. The M6 motorway lights will go off at midnight which helps slightly.