October 24, 2017

Astro-Challenge: The Colorful Hues of Struve 3053.

Finding Struve 3053. (Created by Author Using Starry Night).

Didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas? Neither did we, at least in terms of an automated backyard observatory and a private mountain top to perch it on… but such is the game of astronomy. [Read more...]

AstroEvent: Herschel 3945-A Clone of Albireo.

  

A “pretty pair…” (Photo by Author). 

Probably the most famous star party doubles are Alcor & Mizar in the Big Dipper and Albireo in Cygnus. Both provide a good, wide separation, and in the case of Albireo, a good color contrast. Plus, double stars provide a good “punch through” of the light pollution haze for down-town astronomy, and may save the show when the Moon or planets aren’t above the horizon and even the best nebulae such as M42 evoke remarks like “what, you mean that fuzzy smudge?” [Read more...]