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Thread: A Dance for You

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    Default A Dance for You



    Saturday 06-30-2018

    Being I'm a brute for punishment, I continued on my quest to better myself at estimating AAVSO star magnitudes. Now, I will only take my punishment so far, so I made a list of carbons and 2 dwarf nova stars. The dwarf novas were for estimating practice, and the carbons were my treat for being a good boy today.

    So for practice:

    AB Dra: Dwarf Nova. I pulled my hair out on this one. No matter how hard I tried it became a big no-go. Wrong time to observe this one. The sky would not get dark enough to find all the stars on the chart. So, I wrote it down as 'Too faint to observe'. I'll try it again after the next new moon.

    SS Cyg: Dwarf Nova. A tough one to estimate. I gave it as 10.2 mag. Checked on the current light curve, and it's in the ballpark!

    Made me so happy I did a Bojangles around the yard.
    Now, why does my neighbors stare at me all the time? Hmm...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3YMyW0SqmU


    For my carbon treat (just for giggles I estimated each without assistance from charts):

    UX Dra: Bright deep orange color. Close to 6.1 mag. A beautiful star!

    U Lyr: Dull orange color. A small star. Close to 9.0 mag.

    TT Lyr: Medium orange color. Small star. Took a few minutes to pick it out of the star field, but when located, easily recognized. Close to 9.0 mag.

    AW Cyg: Medium orange color. Another small star hidden in the Cygnus field. Close to 9.0 mag.

    IQ Cyg: Deep yellow, boarding orange. Close to 9.3 mag.

    V416 Cyg: Medium yellow. Nothing special to look at. Close to 9.7 mag.

    V1583 Cyg: Light orange color. Close to 9.5 mag.

    AX Cyg: Light yellow color. Close to 9.0 mag.

    And yesterday I promised my wife I would show her Mars. So I waited for some trees at the back of my property to grow shorter, which did not happen, so I had to wait for the planet to peek between some branches. By the time I got the (dusty) orange ball in the EP the transparency became worse. But my wife did get to see what she wanted to see. Just wish it could have been a better view for her. Maybe another night.

    So I'll sign off for now. Have a good night.
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    Default Re: A Dance for You

    Good show, Jim.
    I clicked that link in anticipation of a short video of you dancing and singing...but the Nitty Gritty was ok too. :-)
    My intention tonight was to see if I could at least find some of these stars we have talked about, but as you have seen...I sorta missed. But as you say...another day, another night.
    Thanks for posting.
    I saw that same dusty orange Mars. I think I was able to see just a bit of the north polar cap...but it could have been an atmospheric thing with the humidity I was trying to cut through.
    Congrats on satisfying your wife's chosen target.
    Goodnight Moon! :-)
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    Default Re: A Dance for You

    My wife would not take the video.
    Maybe because she had to settle down the neighbors before they called for some men wearing white coats.
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    Default Re: A Dance for You

    Quote Originally Posted by quincy View Post
    My wife would not take the video.
    Maybe because she had to settle down the neighbors before they called for some men wearing white coats.
    The thing is, I can relate to the enthusiasm and my wife would make me do it over just so she could get a video clip send it to my kids so they would know the old man is still crazy after all these years. :-)

    Sleep well my friend, and dream of large carbon stars! :-)
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    Default Re: A Dance for You

    Nice set of Carbons! Still time to see Mars at its best!! Enjoyed the video

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    Default Re: A Dance for You

    A very nice list of Carbon stars! A pleasant way to spend an evening
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    Default Re: A Dance for You

    Nice report Jim, thanks for putting it together.
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    It's nice to see someone taking an interest in something off the beaten track. It was illuminating. I keep threatening to take some photos of variables but will wait for more dark skies.
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    Default Re: A Dance for You

    Good job, Mr. Bojangles! A nice night out there, Jim!
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    Default Re: A Dance for You

    Thanks for you nice report!
    Now I know what Bojangles means too
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