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Thread: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

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    Post StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date



    Today was clear and warm. I came home from work excited, knowing the clear sky and nearly new Moon would be great for observing. I set up my telescope in my back yard and waited for darkness to fall.

    When I went back outside, however, I was dismayed to see that nearly every neighbor of mine had either porch lights or security lights shining brightly. I lugged the Biggie Z to the darkest section of my yard, but knew that any hopes of viewing galaxies or nebulae were gone.

    While I was deciding what I wanted to do, the song "That's Amore" came into my head and I began quietly singing some made-up lyrics:

    When folks shine their porch light
    And you can't tell it's night,
    That's a bummer.
    You want to give them a shot
    But you know you'd get caught.
    That's a bummer.
    ...

    Okay, enough of the bad lyrics - I had my plan. Not to be one to waste a clear night, I went back inside and printed out a Plan B observing list, consisting of double stars and planetary nebulae. Armed with this new list, I began my session in earnest.


    7:50pm - 17 CMa - NEW! - This is an interesting quadruple star. At 250X, it looks great, with a wide separation. The primary is a creamy white, forming a nice triangle with two fainter stars. The faintest member is blue-white, and the third member is slightly brighter and deep orange. The fourth white star is a larger distance away, making a crooked kite formation.


    7:55pm - Nu1 CMa - NEW! - This is a pretty double at 100X. It looks like a slightly paler version of Albireo. The primary is yellow-white, and its pale blue companion is about a magnitude fainter.


    8:10pm - ShJ 49 (Ori) - NEW! - This double is along the upper part of Orion's bow. It is a triple star in the shape of the constellation Aries. The middle star is the brightest. All three stars appear white, but the brightest member has a yellowish cast.


    8:15pm - STF 627 (Ori) - NEW! - This double system consists of two white stars of almost equal brightness, staring back at me like glowing eyes in the darkness.


    9:10pm - IC 2165 (CMa) - NEW! - I spent several minutes trying to track down this planetary nebula, but with no luck. I was using a large arc of stars in Lepus as a starting point for locating it, and knew I was in the right general area, but still couldn't seem to find it.

    The wind was starting to get stronger, and it was turning cold, so I headed back inside for a short break to put on a heavier jacket and to print out some more detailed charts.

    Starhopping again with the new charts, I was able to track down the right field stars. This planetary nebula is tiny. I had to bump it up to 250X to get it to appear non-stellar. Even at that magnification, no details were visible - it appeared as a round, fuzzy star. The wind was beginning to jiggle the telescope a bit, which wasn't helping.


    The wind was showing no signs of getting better, and it was starting to cool off quite a bit. I decided to call it quits earlier than I had planned. Still, five new objects tonight in less than ideal conditions made for a successful evening.

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    Default Re: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

    Hi Tom! Yeah, seems like neighbors all get together and decide to turn on their outside lights at the same time. It was the same way here a few nights ago. I was like "Really?" but then the cows started in and I forgot about the porch lights.

    Great job with your Plan B list and a fine selection of doubles too. Nice grab on IC 2165. Those little stellar guys are so easy to pass over. You pretty much just stub your toe on them and that's how you find them.

    Made it out for a little while myself tonight, but I was having a hard time getting in the zone. After several fails I finally started catching a few things. Time seems to go more quickly when you put an end cap on your session it seems.

    Thanks for the report Tom!
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    Default Re: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

    Nice report, Tom. The lyrics? Not so good, but oh so true.

    Thanks for the good read.

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    Default Re: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

    Good descriptions Tom.,thanks for sharing.,,makes me want to add a few doubles to my no plan observing lists.,I spend most of my time just scanning.,and saying "I bet they're a double".,.,O+O
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    Default Re: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

    Nice report ! This is a good post to keep handy for when I search for some double stars.
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    Default Re: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

    Finally, another fella who appreciates double stars!
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    Default Re: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

    I love double stars. And triple stars. And nebulae. And galaxies. And clusters. And planets. And.... well, you get the picture. I really don't have a favorite type of object. Which is good, because with my unpredictable skies, I can usually still find something interesting to look at.
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    Default Re: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

    Tom, thanks for your reporting on IC 2165 - this is one that I've somehow overlooked so far. Just included it in my "to-see" observing list.
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    Default Re: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

    Great report and with music no less! Still a good evening under the stars.
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    Default Re: StarLog Oberving Report - 2/10/2016 - A Double Date

    Great report Tom.
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