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I observed the following stars tonight from the UK at midnight, due north east, just off zenith.<br /><br />I saw a big star shining and I thought it was Vega. I saw 2 very faint stars so decided so point the telescope to them and this is what I saw:<br /><br />Can someone tell me what they are?<br /><br />(the picture is not an actual photograph, but a digitally designed depiction of what I saw which I did in CorelDraw)
 
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If you don't mind cheating, a program like Celestia would answer your question easily enough..<br />Your image hasn't been approved yet, so that's all I can offer for now <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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What was the magnification you were looking through when you sketched that? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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I've never tried this before, in fact last night was the first time that I ever seriously looked at the sky. Here's my common sense approach using Celestia, though - correct me if I'm wrong:<br /><br />Set time to 2007/07/15, midnight UTC. Centered on Earth, orbit to right above the UK, re-center on the Earth again, press * to look straight back from there.<br />Turned on the coordinates display, rolled the camera to put North straight up. This is the view centered on the zenith, not far off HIP 96316 / HID 185114 / SAO 31792. Field of view is 60 degrees.<br />The star is supposed to be north-east and just off-zenith, so that's the upper-left quadrant of the sky, with a margin to allow for some error.<br /><br />Looking from there, without knowing what the scale of the sketch is, this is the best match I've found:<br />Maybe these three? The blue top-left isn't quite where it is on the schematic...<br /><br />That's the best match I found playing with the magnitude limit (5.85 to 7.65) and star render style (fuzzy dots or scaled discs). There are other similar patterns but they don't match the criteria as well. <br /><br />Edit - Could this be it? It matches all the criteria except being near the zenith. Same rendered with fuzzy dots instead of discs. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Thanks Nimbus, I think that looks just about right!
 
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