Computer technology now makes it possible to find even the most obscure galaxy at the mere push of a button.
Finding objects in the night sky is a challenging task for most newcomers to the hobby. They stand in awe as veteran skygazers aim their telescopes at seemingly blank areas of the sky to reveal extraordinary views of galaxies and nebulas. How do the experts do it?
Starhopping is the answer— using a good finderscope to hop from a bright, easy-to-find star over to fainter stars and then to the target. Conduct a starhop a few times and you will probably remember the star pattern, making it a snap to locate a particular object again. You will have graduated from a novice lost in the stars to an expert trekking across the sky with confidence. But is there another way to navigate the sky?