Re: Non-Messier objects in ExploreStars #EXOS2 #ExploreStars

Wes Mcdonald

Also don’t forget.   While not optimum, one can enter the ra and dec of any object.  It is best to have a planetarium program to use on your phone or laptop to look up things anyhow to check visibility etc.

Also, as with many hobbies you get out of this one in proportion to what you put into it.  There are lots of resources out there to explain things like how various catalog reference systems relate to sky objects.  There are, as you have been told, several other than Messier.   

Glad to see many on the forum are helping you out.  I am sure you will get over the hump.  That’s not to say Explorestars is a perfect application, but it works well once you get used to it.  Also the mount is quite capable of being driven by ASCOM, where the world of applications awaits your use.


Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired

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