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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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Turning out to be quite a day - blazing stars in the Pleiades Cluster now a cluster of Vultures

I have more data than I can cope with - I took about 700  X 10 second images of  the variable star BL Cam last night and I need to process those - images of Supernova ASASSN14jg have arrived from two telescopes at Siding Spring and when I went out on my walk I came across a spiralling group of these:

No - that's not the group - this is the group

I counted over 50 Griffon Vultures over Cabrera - with typical wing spans of about 7 ft!

I was trying to get nearer by climbing up the hill but they were drifting away - I wish I had spotted them earlier. By the time I got to a really good vantage point ,struggling for breath I should say, they had gone - probably in Africa by now - it is just across the Med. However I managed to get over 70 photographs of them - hoping that some of them would be in focus - manually focusing at a distance is difficult and autofocus does not work for me for birds at a distance.

A few more images.



I looked back at the house when i got up the hill.


and I am came across this

and then this