More fun with planetaries
- Since No-Frills is coming up I checked out a few esoteric, stellar
planetaries last night that might be challenging. Just to keep it fun
for everyone these were all visible in my 4" under a near full moon.
19h 24m 22s
+09 deg 55'
+15 deg 10'
Size: 11.5 magnitude
Size unknown (I confirmed it was stellar in my 4" on 8/30/07)
+47 deg 48'
If anyone just bought a new high-quality small refractor they may
like to try splitting Sigma Aqr. Even at 325x in my 4" it was tough.
The separation isn't particularly tight at 3.7-arc seconds but the
secondary star is nearly four magnitudes fainter than the primary.
This will probably be a bit easier on a moonless night than it was
last night, but let me know if you split it.
-10 deg 41'
4.8 and 8.47 magnitude
I am SO wound up and ready to observe!!
- The October Meetin' of the Delmarva Stargazers is
scheduled for tomorrow night (Tues., 10/2) at Mallard
Lodge, 7PM. Both visitors and newbies are welcome!
See the website or your September newsletter for
Also bring some glass, for an inpromptu star gaze
after the meetin'.
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