Re: Finding objects! (was Re: (IAAC) The Herschel List)
>>The only problem with this is that (well,where I live) there is
>>no visible naked-eye stars within 5 and sometimes 10 degrees!
>You may want to consider a few techniques to get you dark adapted
>You have to learn to use averted vision, and "see" in the dark.
>A funny but somewhat effective technique is to wear sunglasses for a
>hour before embarking on an observing run outside. This gives you a
>headstart to your dark-adaption.
>Use averted vision to "see" stars in the sky...you will be surprised
>much more you see that you don't see directly....learn how to scan,
>long sweeping swaths of the sky in with each ocular sweep....of course,
>the darkest site available to you on your little spot of land...without
>light right in your eyes of course.
>Of course binocs are the ultimate finder scope......the stars will jump
>and you can approximate where you see the object and turn the scope
>there...use a black cloth to cover your head when you are at the
I do all these things except wear the sunglasses already! If I didn't
use averted vision, my LM would be about +2!
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