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Wonderful Alya


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Alya, or Theta 1,2 Serpentis is a beautiful double in Serpens about 130Ly away, the components are separated by 900 AU according to SkySafari. What I love about this pair is their almost identical apparent magnitudes, sizes, and color which makes them hard to tear my eyes from. It seems they are locked in an orbit spanning some fourteen thousand years which makes their relative positions seem unchanged for as long as they have been observed and likely into the distant future they will still appear the same. If you’re  looking for a wonderful double,  try Alya in Serpens, I have been observing them this night for so long I’m questioning my sanity.😂

It took my first good refractor to spark my love for doubles, the Orion Eon 115 and my current 102 to refine it, now there’s no turning back. With every passing night I sit in awe discovering wonderful doubles. When once I thought they were boring, now everything else seems to take a back seat to those delightful doubles.

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On 14/09/2022 at 01:57, Sunshine said:

With every passing night I sit in awe discovering wonderful doubles. When once I thought they were boring, now everything else seems to take a back seat to those delightful doubles.

That's how lots of us feel!  When I first heard of the Double Star Atlas, I thought, Why?  Now it's just one of a number of double star resources I use to discover those fascinating, beautiful, varied, and often challenging targets!

Doug.

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