Antares, "The Best I've Ever Seen It"
- I saw the companion to Antares better than I've ever seen it this
past Friday evening. Our seeing was 10+. Observers Stan Hubbard and
Mark Ost each confirmed the pretty little green companion to the
brilliant gold primary. Using my 100mm f/8 APO refactor I first
pushed the power to 290x, using a wonderful 40-year old Gailand 7mm
Orthoscopic eyepiece and a current 2.5X Tele Vue Powermate Barlow.
That Gailand beats every eyepiece I own for sharpness; I only wish
they had of made higher power oculars.
After we all confirmed splitting the pair, I substituded the 2.5X
Barlow for a 5x, producing a whopping 600x. You could drive a car
through the pair of stars. Although the star images were boated at
that high power it was amazingly acceptable, considering I was
pushing the power to 150x per inch!
The last view of the night was watching Ganymede's shadow transit on
Jupiter, then seeing both the shadow and the Ganymede's ingress. I
had to quit before egress but as I drove home all I could think about
was how beautiful Antares and its companion looked that night. I'm