I have learned of seven ways to find specific targets in the sky with my telescope and was wondering if there are others that I have not come across.
- What you can see with your eyes alone when you look up
- Star Hopping – Naked eye and optically assisted but still visual
- PushTo - encoders
- GoTo - encoders
- Plate Solving - camera based
- Equatorial Alignment - Right Ascension/Declination
Altitude Azimuth Alignment
Each has its advantages and its challenges, so I have learned to use 5 of them.
I have not tried RA/DEC setting circles because I don't have an equatorial mount but I could polar align my ETX scopes. And I have not used plate solving because I am not using a camera at this time.
But are there others? Another approach?
What's your favorite?
Edit: I was not thinking of scanning for discovery, but I guess that would apply. It just isn't a way to find specific targets.
Edited by aeajr, 28 August 2020 - 10:52 AM.