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Make Stellarium More Realistic when planning for a night shot

**Article by Darryl Van Gaal
As both a landscape, and deep space astrophotographer I find myself using Stellarium (stellarium.org) on a weekly basis.  It's a great (free) program and in my opinion is one of the best out there competing with programs that cost hundreds of dollars.

I like it for the ease of use along with the reality of the night sky.  If you use the right settings, the sky you see in Stellarium is strikingly similar to the sky you'll see when you look out your door.

Like I said, I do believe that it is an easy program to learn the ins and outs of,  BUT, like anything, there is still a learning curve.

I've posted about Stellarium in the past ( http://darkclearskies.blogspot.ca/2013/04/one-of-landscape-astrophotographers.html ) teaching you how to simulate your cameras field of view with a particular lens on it.  Which is aid in planning photography outings.

This post is similar as it will teach you how you can use it to help you get a feeling as to what you&…