Another night of fun fun fun. It's funny how we in the Northwest
wait so long for a short season of clear dark skies. Well, now's the
time. I've been our nearly every night but have not necessarily logged
Tonight was another of
looking for objects I've not seen before. Going off of Mizar's 7/26 and
7/30 journal entries, I thought I'd pull up some of the objects he
mentioned that I've never looked at.
Zeta Lyrae - Binary Star
double. I've actually seen this one before, but at that time I thought
I was looking at Epsilon Lyrae and just couldn't distinguish the
smaller doubles. It turns out I was looking at this object. With an
angular separation of a little less than 1 arc minute, this binary
splits at a fairly low power. High power doesn't make it any more
interesting. It does not have the color for me that some other binaries
have. It essentially looks like two white stars of nearly the same size.
Delta Lyrae - Binary Star
star has an even wider separation. It doesn't look much like a binary
to me at all. I believe this one has about a 10 arc minute separation,
so at basically any power you can see both stars. I was more looking for
the cool double triangular asterism that Mizar mentioned. It was
definitely there and looked neat too.
HIP 91774 - Carbon Star
one is very interesting. One of the most red colored stars I've seen.
At low power I could tell it was a bit different than the other stars,
but at higher power it was distinuishably deep red and stood out from
the other stars around it. I'll be on the lookout for more of these
interesting carbon stars.