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    Quote Originally Posted by MANDII View Post
    I see ! So you mean the star chat can be set the same image orientation as the actual eyepeice,
    by setting the horizontal/vertical flip in the software . That is really a great news to me !
    However... there is still one problem I don't understand , but this is quite difficlut for me to explain it to you ...

    Okey , let say even now the orientation is ok now ( star chat and eyepeice are same ) ,
    but when you looking in an eyepiece , there is so many stars . How do I know which one is the one in the star chat ?

    Let say there is 20 stars totally in the FOV of 2 degree , 4 stars are very bright ,the other are just dimmer stars .
    These 4 stars forms the shape of a rectangle as well . Then , I turns to look at the star chat now ,
    but there are also many stars in the chart , even I know I am very near to the DSO destination , but there can still have many stars in such region . I mean in the star chat . Many bright stars in the star chat is formming the same rectangula shape as well .
    So how do I know which of these 4 bright stars in the eyepeice are the one in the star chat ,
    how do I compare the stars more easily such that I can know the exactly position I am locating at ?
    I see what you mean Mandii. I have one question for you. Do you change the light pollution setting on Stellarium every time you open up Stellarium?

    If you don't, then you'll be seeing more stars on Stellarium that you see through your telescope, making it harder to star-hop.
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    WOW , very tricky you are UNCLE PETER !
    No, I am not using the stellariunm actually , I use another star chat ( skymap) , and as I checked it more detailly this this morning, it did has the same/similar function as you mentioned ( the image flipping( E/W and N/S button , and it can control the number of stars by magnitude to show on screen as well ) , so I know how to reduce the number of stars now !

    Anyway , Very skillful man you are !
    I thanks for your advice very much !
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    Thanks Mandii, I'm glad I could help! I know you would do the same thing if I needed help with something.
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    Skies are going to be cloudy for most of the week unfortunately.
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    Telescope still hasn't arrived. Hopefully within the week though.
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    Well ... I thought it takes time to buy US telescopes from here Hong kong , but now I know that it's also taking quite long time even in Canada .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MANDII View Post
    Well ... I thought it takes time to buy US telescopes from here Hong kong , but now I know that it's also taking quite long time even in Canada .
    Yeah, my local astronomy store said it would take a week or two for the order to go through and then 4-5 weeks to ship.
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    Getting rather scary, it takes longer and longer to get the products we order. What used to take a few days, now takes several weeks with no guarantee it won't be longer and half destroyed when you get it. Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by deaman49 View Post
    Getting rather scary, it takes longer and longer to get the products we order. What used to take a few days, now takes several weeks with no guarantee it won't be longer and half destroyed when you get it. Good Luck!
    That's too true, Lee. The only reason this is taking so long is because the store didn't have the scope in stock and they had to order one from Celestron; ordering and order, basically .
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    Finally, after almost two months, I have a report!

    Though my scope didn't arrive yet, I'd thought I'd give my old 7x50 binos a try for zenith viewing!

    Date: 08/28/11
    Time: 10:45PM to 11:05PM
    Light Pollution: 7
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    Equipment: 7x50 Binoculars and Stellarium
    Cooling Down Time: N/A
    Seeing: 2/5
    Transparency: 5/5
    Temperature: About 18 degrees celcius with a no breeze.

    So I decided to try out viewing with binoculars, mainly to practice star hopping with Stellarium.

    The first order of business after not viewing for awhile was to familiarize myself with the sky again. I noticed that Lyra was well in view now and that Cygus as well as Aquila were also present.

    I first started on Mizar, just to focus the binoculars. Surprisingly, they were hard to focus due to the size of the star through the binos; both a focused and unfocused star looked the same. I eventually got it though.

    I decided to view only M29, since it was the only Messier object that was easy to find, for me at least, since it's so close to Sadr. Sadr was actually dim in the binos and I found it tough to distinguish it from surrounding stars.

    I eventually found a small cluster of stars; so small in fact that I'd passed over it a few times. At first I thought that it was not M29, since I know for a fact that there are a lot of stars near Sadr.

    After researching online afterwards, I found out that M29 is an "unimpressive" cluster that can easily be missed. And after viewing a photo of it, I was able to confirm that I did spot it.

    I was also happy to find out that my minimal star-hopping skills were still sharp after a 2 month hiatus.

    Overall this session was good and a great way to stargaze without a scope. I'm still looking forward to getting my C6 though.

    P.S. Another thing that I learned tonight is that zenith viewing and binoculars are a bad combination. My neck is still hurting...
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