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Comparing magnifications

Celestial sketcher Erika Rix explains why it's important to compare the views at different magnifications.
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The Milky Way is in its full glory during the summer months. So when you find yourself observing along that region, be sure to enjoy the larger picture at low power by using a wide-field eyepiece. Do that before homing in on a single object with higher magnification. Other than a different — but equally stunning — view, deep-sky objects will be less spread out, so they’ll look a bit brighter. Additionally, if you include a sketch of the broader area, it presents a great way to compare views using different magnifications.

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