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I have recently upgraded my telescope to diffraction limited Schmidt–Cassegrain computerised system StarBright ulti-coated 9.25" mirror. All the equipment was bought from 365Astronomy online shop run by a friend of mine who offers thousands of products at literary unbeatable prices and great support. If you are interested in getting some astronomical equipment, I highly recommend checking his website above.

In this occasion I am finally realising my long-term plan of setting up a local astronomy group in Plymouth, which has already around 20 members. We will be stargazing whenever the conditions are good and my plans include teaching people a little bit about night sky and particularly some basics of astrophotography. The telescope is also equipped with a solar filter so we will be able to look at the activity on the Sun and make some nice photos too.

The meetings will be held at our rooftop terrace in the 'Alen house' 'with beautiful view of the most of the visible sky. Apart from that, there will be occasional camping events at Dartmoor where we'll bring the telescope over and do some stargazing and astrophotography. 

Contact me if you live close to Plymouth and are interesting in popping over for the stargazing nights.

 

Internal GPS

The CPC Series' internal GPS receiver automatically downloads the date and time from orbiting satellites and pinpoints its exact location on Earth. This eliminates the need for you to manually enter the date, time, longitude and latitude.

Celestron's Revolutionary SkyAlign

Once the CPC's internal GPS has established the telescope's position, aligning the telescope is simply a matter of using hand controller to locate three bright celestial objects. You do not need to know the names of the stars — you may even pick the moon or bright planets! Celestron's NexStar® software technology will model the night sky to determine the position of every star, planet and celestial object above the horizon. Once aligned, the remote hand control allows direct access to each of the celestial catalogs in its user-friendly database.

Celestial Object Database

The CPC database contains over 40,000 celestial objects including Messier objects, the Caldwell Catalog, as well as NGC Galaxies, nebulae and planets. User-definable filter limits make navigating through this expansive database quicker and easier. Filter Limits let you filter out objects that are outside of your local horizon (ie, if trees or mountains were in the way). Identify feature tells you what you're looking at, but it can also be a very fun way to tour around the sky. Just point the telescope up somewhere and ask it to identify Messier objects (for instance) and it will show you the 5 nearest Messier objects to your position and let you GOTO them.

The picture below shows some of the images I've taken with my old Newtonian 8" telescope, Canon DSLR and Philips CCD cameras. 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 July 2010 14:32