Catch of the night; California Nebula

Started Nov 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP NoRules Senior Member • Posts: 1,452
Re: Catch of the night; California Nebula


It's very easy to frame. Go up from the Pleiades, and you'll see 2 stars side by side. Further up in a straight line you'll se a tiny star lining up with the left of the two previous stars (Menkib), and there it is. Even further up there is a brighter star, but then you have gone to far up. Use the view finder and not the LCD screen. Check out this map:

Plan the night in advance, with a cut-out of your field of view. Place this cut-out rectangle over your star map, and you will know accactly what you can get in one shot. I have a cut-out for my 60mm and my 180mm, and plan wide fields and narrower fields with a felt tip pen. With a Planisphere you can even plan whitch image to do first in the evening.


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