My New Super Easy DSO Finder

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My New Super Easy DSO Finder

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With this setup I can find whatever I want in less then two minutes. In this video I kept moving the mount towards the target object. The best way is to just nudge towards the object, and wait a few seconds before each nudge. This will stop the object from moving about radically. Below is all you will need with a pair of no metal binoculars. Sorry for all the images. Left click the images.
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Re: My New Super Easy DSO Finder

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The video and first two images are from the free version of SkEye. I just downloaded the pro version, which has twice as many objects in it's database. It is best to zoom all the way out. Find the object, and then zoom in until the circle is 1 degree wide. Then Nudge back to it to view with your binoculars. It takes no time at all.
Telescopes: Celestron 150mm f/8 Refractor, Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Oberwerk LW 11x70, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount, Orion Tritech II Fluid Head Tripod
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: AgenaAstro 8mm-24mm Zoom, Meade 56mm Plossl, GSO Superview 30mm, Astromania-Olivon 22mm, GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, GSO 2" 2x ED Barlow Lens, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Pretty cool!
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Clever set up RD! Very interesting. I like that you are working mostly with off the shelf parts.
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I have to look into that. The compass in my iPhone has never worked right though so I've yet to find an astro finder / pointer app that works. At least I assume it's b/c of my phone compass that they don't work.
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pakarinen wrote: Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:32 pm I have to look into that. The compass in my iPhone has never worked right though so I've yet to find an astro finder / pointer app that works. At least I assume it's b/c of my phone compass that they don't work.
Try checking the settings. My results using the iPhone compass were unsatisfactory until I checked "use true North" in settings. Since then I've set up satisfactorily.
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Re: My New Super Easy DSO Finder

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For what it's worth: here's my review of SkEye from the software forum.
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