Last night I noticed that a 6th mag star posing as a 5th Jovian moon is actually a challenging red double star. According to Skysafari Pro it a 5.9 and 8.5 mag double with a sep of 2.0 arcseconds. It took the 16 LB to split it last night in okay seeing. The 8 and 12 inchers were not doing it by the time I realized it was a double on the phone Jupiter was above my house and seeing was down but the Lightbridge was in the front yard and seeing was better there. The star is HR 1370.
This double was brought to my attention tonight so I thought Id give it a shot since it finally stopped raining and appears to be clear now.
At 400x, its in and out at best, definately more out than in. The seeing is suppose to improve in an hr or so based on the CSC so well see how that works out. right now the seeing is just 2/5 and the primary red star is blurring in and out and just periodically settles down. I ran out of eyepieces on my TOA-130, I was using my 2.5 Nagler which got me to 400x. I needed this much magnification to pull the secondary star far enough away from the main stars blur. I went with the 3.5 Nagler and barlow, (570x) and the split was easier to see. It's still pulsing in and out because of the seeing, but I can see the tiny light blue secondary star beside the larger red one in a 3:OClock position from the main star, at least based on how my diagonal is positioned in my scope where the eyepiece is pointing north. The configuration is exactly as the photo I posted shows. Even at my 14mm initial eyepiece at 70x, the red primary star is definitely obvious. A rock solid polar alignment and micro focusing are both crucial to get this all to work.