[quote author=Luka link=topic=233.msg4428#msg4428 date=1302222290]
Did you check to make sure the nebula was in your field of view? The sword of Orion is a big place when you're talking about 30 arcminutes Field of View. The nebula can be faintly seen in 10 seconds for sure.
yeah i wasn't too precise in aiming the scope, i guess without a go-to mount i'm a little lost trying to find something like that. i'll use cart du ciel and really zoom in on on the location to try and get a better fix on it- thanks:)