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May 20, 2010 May 22, 2010

Posted by orionrising in Observing.
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Clothesrack Organization of Faint Stars in Leo

Object: Stars

Site: Front Yard

Seeing: Good

Transparency: 3

Type: Deep-Sky

Constellation: Leo

Magnification: 10x

FOV: 4.8 Degrees

Observing Time: 10:40 pm – 10:58 pm

Notes: Clothesrack-style organization of four stars: two from Leo the Lion, HIP 56500, HIP 55713.  Moon was out tonight too, in First Quarter.  Saturn and Mars were in the sky as well, Saturn sporting a creamy-yellow hue as always.  Very warm weather the past day, but it’s more comfortable now.  All four stars were bluish-white.  At first it was difficult to find a decent reference point for this arrangement of stars, so it got lost easily and I spent a good minute trying to find it again.   I need to practice my star-hopping skills.  This is part of the training that binoculars gives to a stargazer; with a telescope it is even easier to become utterly lost.  With practice, even faint stars can become signposts to finding the objects you want, not just the bright stars.

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March 15, 2010 March 16, 2010

Posted by orionrising in Observing.
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Photorealistic Image in Stellarium

Object: Stars

Site: Front Yard

Seeing: Good

Transparency: 3

Constellation: Leo

Magnification: 10x

FOV: 4.8 degrees

Observing Time: 11:40 pm – 11:50 pm

Notes: Distinctive pattern observed in the neck of Leo the Lion.  There were actually two pairs of double stars seen in the binocular FOV when aiming at this area.  Fascinating and I wonder if these two are the only pairs that can be seen simultaneously with such distinction under a 4.8 degree FOV. All stars were bluish-whitish, an interesting find overall.

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