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July 25, 2010 August 2, 2010

Posted by orionrising in Observing.
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An interesting crown-shaped pattern of stars

Object: Stars

Site: Front Yard

Seeing: 3

Transparency: Good

Type: Deep-Sky

Constellation: Bootes

Magnification: 10x

FOV: 4.8 Degrees

Observing Time: 11:05 pm – 11:10 pm

Notes: “Mini-Corona-Borealis” spotted while scanning the Bootes constellation area, just slightly below the real Corona Borealis.  This name is by no means official, but it was my first thought when I found this pattern of stars.  Only 6 relatively brighter stars create this pattern, however, compared to 7 in the real constellation.  All stars seen were either dull white, or creamy whitish-blue.  It is great to be under the stars again, after a long stretch without stargazing due to school and other commitments.  Hopefully in the coming weeks I’ll find more time to stargaze, and hoping for clear skies to pave the way!

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July 21, 2010 August 2, 2010

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V-shaped Formation of Stars in Bootes the Herdsman

Object: Stars

Site: Front Yard

Seeing: 3

Transparency: Good

Type: Deep-Sky

Constellation:

Magnification: 10x

FOV: 4.8 Degrees

Observing Time: 11:10pm-11:20pm

Notes: Saw this distinctive pattern of stars, in a V-shape much like the patterns that geese assume when migrating South for the Winter.  After much searching in Stellarium, I discovered it actually made the hand of Bootes, the herdsman.  Within this constellation is the shining Arcturus, one of the beacons of the night sky.

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