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I do all my planetary work from the 12th floor rooftop terrace of my condo in Singapore. This is a quite convenient solution since I can leave my telescope permanently mounted outside and easily accessing it when needed, without having to assemble or disassemble anything. The telescope is protected by a Telegizmos 365 custom-made cover, which has proved working beautifully even under the intense heating and raining conditions of Singapore.

My site, being close to the Earth’s equator, has the ecliptic almost crossing the zenith, so planets can be imaged at high elevation, with limited air turbulence and atmospheric dispersion impact. Furthermore, al very low latitudes the jet stream has almost no influence. All these factors combined, the seeing at my site is often good to very good and can even be excellent on some moments. On the other side of the coin, weather in Singapore is pretty unstable, with clouds frequently passing over and clear nights turning cloudy in a matter of minutes, so there are not so many occasions I can actually enjoy these seeing conditions. Last, being the most light-polluted country of the world according “the new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness” analysis, my activity from here is mostly limited to planetary imaging.

My main observing scope is the classic Celestron 14” with a  carbon fiber upgraded tube, which makes it lighter and keeps the focus stable during the night. The OTA back cell is also fitted with a tempest cooling fan system. An external motorized moonlight focuser completes the optical assemble.

The mount I use is an iOptron CEM120, ideal for low latitude setups thanks to its clever design. Specially designed counterweights are needed to avoid any contact with the tripod for my latitude. This mount proved to be remarkably good in terms of performances/price ratio and is a perfect match for the C14 weight and size.

For almost all my planetary imaging I use three ZWO cameras: a monochrome ASI-290MM complete with a 8 positions filter wheel, which is my main workhorse camera, a monochrome ASI-178MM for Lunar imaging and a color ASI-224MC for rapid events on planets like occultations or other "lazy" planetary imaging. All these cameras have proven very reliable and perfectly fitted for the job. Several filters and matching barlows complete the optical set. The imaging train includes also a Baader Flip Mirror II which helps framing the object as well quickly switch to the eyepiece when I want to enjoy a bit of visual observation.

My former planetary imaging equipment (below) included an excellent Celestron 9.25 OTA also fitted with a Tempest cooling fan system and internally flocked with Protostar FlockBoard, mounted on an iOptron CEM60.

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