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Naked eye observing techniques

“You must not expect to see at sight… Seeing is in some respects an art which must be learned. Many a night have I been practising to see, and it would be strange if one did not acquire a certain dexterity by such constant practice.” – William Hershel 

Observing is a skill : a seasoned observer can see more details and dimmer objects than a novice. noted that

The fact that observing is a skill obtained by practice often leads to confusion when a newcomer cannot see what is obvious to others with more experience. The newcomer may conclude she has bad eyes. Usually, a few steps will remedy most problems. This guide should be useful in addressing issues that newcomers face and should provide some insight into human visual perception.

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Astro pics I took at RPI’s Hirsch Observatory

All of these images where taken using the 16″ Cassegrain Telescope at the Hirsch Observatory at RPI, with an SBIG 8E CCD. Other images taken at RPI can be seen at http://astro.union.rpi.edu/ccd.html

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