Hey, Stray, thanks for humoring this thread and giving two quality outings to the observation.
No, Jason, thank YOU. This Almaak survey was just the diversion that I needed after repeated failed attempts at splitting 33 Orionis for the Haas Project. Frustrating to say the least.
After doing some research, I've come to the conclusion that it is not my equipment nor my seeing/transparency conditions.
The problem lies in definite lack of observational skills on my part. I'm using a 90mm refractor. Someone else has apparently split it with an 80mm. I'm thinking that I just do not know what I am looking for or how to look for it. This is not an easy split for me.
Am I ready to call it quits? Heck no! Did we call it quits when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?