Last updated: 4 October 2006
Subject: Which star is the brightest? Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 11:09:44 AM From: Kory Hamzeh (firstname.lastname@example.org) Being rather new to astronomy and also living in the country in Montana, which results is hundreds of stars being visible on dark nights, I found it difficult picking out the brightest star during the ETX Alignment procedure. I stumbled across this trick, quite by accident, that I thought may be something you want to add to your ETX site: If there are so many stars out some nights that it is hard to discern which is the brightest, take a low power red flashlight, and hold it 90 degrees on front the finder scope exit lens. As you slowly turn the flashlight so it is pointing into the finder scope, the background starts turning a dull red, and the dimmer stars begin to fade. As you decrease the angle of the flashlight, the background get brighter and brighter and more stars begin to fade. The last visible star is the brightest and should be the alignment star. This trick also makes it very easy to see the reticles of the finder scope because the reticles remain black while the background turns red. ----- Anyway, I hope you find this useful. Thanks, Kory
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