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Monday, August 1st, 2005
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 every session.
 
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.
 
Lyra
Zeta Lyrae - Binary Star
Nice 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
This 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
This 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.
 






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