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Quote:Does this mean that using a non-tracking telescope, where the stars drift through the fov, by default, allow you to see fainter than a tracking telescope?
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Quote:I was reading the Feb issue of Astronomy Magz, pg 68, an article from Erika Rix, Astro Sketching, and she mentions something I have read many times before, and always wanted to ask other people's thoughts about. In the article, she says: "Take advantage of averted vision and slight telescope movement (as you lightly tap the tube) to detect faint stars and changes in surface contrast."I understand the reason behind this, your eye is more sensitive to motion. I have heard that comment many times and have always wondered: Does this mean that using a non-tracking telescope, where the stars drift through the fov, by default, allow you to see fainter than a tracking telescope?Same observer, same size telescope, just tracking vs non-tracking. If anyone out there with a tracking scope wants test this and turn off the motor, please let me know your results!David
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Quote:In my experience, I can see much fainter stars, when the scope tracks and I can relax and look exactly in the right place with averted vision. ...
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