Finding dim objects

Sometimes a dim object like M1 (Crab Nebula) can be difficult to locate as it may take a long time looking through the eyepiece before it becomes visible. This is the method I used to find M1. Your eyes need to become dark adapted so allow at least half an hour in complete darkness before…

Essential Accessories

This is my essential list of accessories when observing. The aim is to maximise comfort with the minimum amount of carrying. I am assuming that you already have a copy of “Turn Left at Orion” Collimation cap and Cheshire eyepiece/sight tube combination tool Eyepatch – worn half an hour before observing to ensure my eyes…

Denver Chair

I find a height-adjustable chair an essential accessory when observing. The longer you look through the eyepiece the more you see. This is especially the case for clusters and galaxies. I would also find sketching impossible without a chair. The homemade Denver chair folds flat and doesn’t take up a lot of room when not…

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