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    Default Star Hopping Techniques



    I came across this in my travels. It may be useful to those starting out and learning to star hop. Even for those with a computerized GOTO mount, star hopping is a useful skill.

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    Default Re: Star Hopping Techniques

    A nice find Rick, I use something similar using wires instead of the paper. Star hopping is a good skill to have no matter the mount used.
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    Default Re: Star Hopping Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    A nice find Rick, I use something similar using wires instead of the paper. Star hopping is a good skill to have no matter the mount used.
    https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astr...the-telescope/
    Agreed, star hopping is a required skill. With a Dob it's a necessity. I learned it with my GOTO because many Astronomical League observing programs require manual location of the list objects.

    I use rubber O-rings skewered with a toothpick. Another Harbor Freight astronomy purchase. The toothpick is color coded according to FOV . ODC has its perks.

    This was my previous setup before toothpicks.
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    Thank you for sharing this tutorial.

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    Default Re: Star Hopping Techniques

    I do something similar, except I'm not quite as granular. I'll find, via an atlas, book, chart, whatever, the object of my desires. Then eyeball the general area in the sky. I'm big into perceiving triangles with bright(ish) stars, and figuring the distance my desire lies, in a percentage of the distance, from star A to star B (or star C). Then I just slowly scan the area. I've found a surprising number of objects this way.
    However, I agree that the star-hopping technique described is a useful skill.
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    Default Re: Star Hopping Techniques

    I use a plastic drafting template with about 30 different size circles on it. Useful for multiple EP FOVs and atlas scales.

    As a big HF fan, I have to admit those O-rings look intriguing.
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    Default Re: Star Hopping Techniques

    Having just bought some binoculars I will be putting this to practice just need to get a pocket atlas.
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