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Monday, July 12th, 2004
Tonight was only mediocre for viewing here in Vancouver, WA. Though the moon is essentially gone, and there is always the hideous glow of Portland to the south, the haze was unbearable and cut the evening short.

Before the dreaded coming of the great haze, I managed to get a new Messier object and a few other quickies.

M40 - Binary Star
Hmm... not sure why this is in the Messier catalog. Not only is it a simpy binary, it's a widely split binary that is only somewhat bright. Mizar is a much more impressive binary let alone the coolness of Alberio in Cygnus. Well, at least I can log it as another found M object, but this one has got to be the most hollow victory in my deep space hunting expedition to date.

M11 (Wild Duck Cluster) - Open Cluster
This open cluster is very cool looking. It seems to have patchy spots that make it shaped like a butterfly or a starfish. There are a few very bright stars, then the rest are a blend of somewhat bright and faint stars. it almost looks like a globular cluster without a nucleus.

S Scuti - Star
This must be the most red star I have seen to date. It is very very red. Bright red as a matter of fact. Much more red than Alberio or other red giants I've seen. I wasn't looking for this star, or any red star in general. I was looking for M11 when I came across this group of stars and noticed this amazingly bright red star.

Alberio - Binary Star
Alberio is just so cool. I had to look at it again along with Mizar (the only real key binaries I know) in light of seeing M40. Alberio has that one large reddish star and the smaller blueish star. It's a totally killer looking binary. Probably my favorite at this point.


The haze came in... the scope went back into the garage... the journal entry was made... and I'm off to bed.





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