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iPeace

Gazing Doubles - Live Report

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Just a bit of fun, let's see how this goes.

Main scope is a 600/85 APO frac.

Start with Almach: gorgeous gold and blue with the 4mm DeLite.

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6 Trianguli - less dazzling, but very rewarding blue / white pair with the 4mm DeLite.

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Lambda Arietis - all too easy, more fun in Bjorn The Hyperfinder. White with a bluish companion.

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Goodness - it's Mars! Dropping fast. Not much going on with the 3mm DeLite, so shift to HRs. Not much in it with the 2.4mm, pushing a bit too far tonight with the 2mm. Call it a nice visit, not spectacular.

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Miram - golden with a faint companion that looks blue to me.

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HR 890/891 - very nice blue / white pair.

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1 Camelopardalis - not easy to locate (remember, star hopping with manual alt-az mount). Not stunning, but nice white with a blueish companion.

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Achird - easily located, nice bright white with dimmer pal of indeterminate colour.

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Chi Tauri - white with a dimmer (blue?) pal.

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118 Tauri - not overly remarkable, but pleasantly worthwhile.

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Meissa - very nice, companion looks blue to me.

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Sigma Orionis - we do like a challenge, but this wasn't going to happen tonight. Probably (?) too big an ask for the scope; 1.6mm HR nonwithstanding.

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Trapezium - four stars, have yet to see more with this aperture.

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Epsilon Monocerotis - another nice pair with contrasting colours.

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Beta Monocerotis - celebrated triplet, just great!

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Wasat - rewarding to see the faint companion.

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Lovely stuff Mike, some great targets! Thought I had better reply to stop this being a Doubles Blog! ;)

Not sure if the fourth component of Sigma Orionis is doable in 85mm, I would think yes under good dark conditions. 

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Castor - an obvious target, but a true stunner, two very bright stars, so nicely paired.

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Iota Cancri - very nice at low power.

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28 minutes ago, iPeace said:

Beta Monocerotis - celebrated triplet, just great!

Now seeing this for the first time. Good tip and great thread :) 

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Tegmen/Tegmine - a challenge with this aperture, the 1.6mm HR shows three stars, but doesn't quite separate the two closest ones.

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You sound like a double gazing salesman :) :)

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Algieba - a stunner. Bright, with fascinating colours, white and gold, or gold and green? You decide.

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54 Leonis - nicely contrasting colours, well worth seeking out.

Getting cold now...

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