Finding Polaris?

Started 9 months ago | Questions thread
DLutzer Regular Member • Posts: 261
Re: I use an app

It may help to light acclimate your eyes first. Make sure you are in the dark with no lights or just close at least one eye for 5-10 minutes. This will help you see better. If you need light to see where you are going use red it helps preserve your night vision

once you know the degree Polaris should set up your tripod, ensure that it is level, and point north. Keep in mind it is the tail end of the Little Dipper and Cassiopeia will be on the other side of it. You can also try to use the mid point of Cassiopeia. Should be a straight line from there.

another trick is to use the Big Dipper:

To locate Polaris, all you have to do is to findthe Big Dipper pointer stars Dubhe and Merak. These two stars outline the outer part of the Big Dipper's bowl. Simply draw a line from Merak through Dubhe, and go about five times the Merak/Dubhe distance to Polaris. If you can find the Big Dipper, you can find Polaris.

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