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    Jim DeLillo

    We measure the sky and objects in degrees of arc, which can be further divided into arcseconds and arcminutes. This is important to know because the cameras used in astrophotography are spec’d in the size of the sensor’s pixel, and how many arcseconds of the sky are covered by one pixel, stated as arcseconds per pixel.

    Small objects, like individual stars, fit onto one pixel, while a larger target covers multiple pixels.

    The sizes of celestial objects are measured by their angular diameter as seen from Earth rather than their actual sizes. These angular diameters are relatively small; it is common to present them in arcseconds (″) or arcminutes (‘).

    The @telescopelive instruments have pixel scales with their corresponding field of view:

    (And size comparisons)

    CHI-1, 60cm F6.5 Reflector 0.62 arcsec/px 32' x 32' by comparison the Helix Nebula is about 16’ x 28’

    CHI-2, 50 cm F3.8 Reflector 0.98 arcsec/px 67' x 67' about the size of the Orion Nebula

    CHI-3, 100 cm F6.8 Reflector 0.27 arcsec/px 19' x 19'

    CHI-4, 50 cm F3.6 Reflector 0.98 arcsec/px 67' x 67'

    CHI-5, 10 CM F2.0 Refractor 6.3 arcsec/px 473' x 378' about the size of the Coalsack Nebula

    CHI-6, 20 CM F3.0 Reflector 2.06 arcsec/px 155' x 124' about the size of the Carina Nebula

    AUS-2, 10cm F3.6 Refractor 4.74 arcsec/px 324' x 324' about the size of Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex

    SPA-1, 10cm F3.6 Refractor 4.74 arcsec/px 324' x 324'

    SPA-2, 70cm F8.0 Reflector 0.33 arcsec/px 23' x 23'

    SPA-3, 10cm F3.6 Refractor 4.74 arcsec/px 324' x 324'

    By knowing the object size, from a star atlas, you can select the appropriate telescope and field of view to best image the object within the frame.

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