Binocular Universe: Let's Play Hydra and Seek
Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:57 AM
By Phil Harrington
Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:00 PM
Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:30 PM
"Play Hydra and Seek...."
You really DO need some Spring or Summer, don't you?!
But it was still a great column, as usual!
Frankfort KY USA
Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:55 AM
Alpha Hydrae was almost too easy for me to find. It's bright yellow/orange color is beautiful. 27 Hydrae was sort of a challenge, not because I couldn't find it, but because it is so wide I wasn't sure I was observing the double. I saw the primary as slightly yellow, but the secondary appeared a dim blue to me. I also found U Hydrae pretty easily. It's intense orange/red color was mesmerizing.
Because of the very heavy light pollution where I live I could only faintly see the Ghost of Jupiter with averted vision, and found it only because I have already observed it. Even though it was faint I could see the distinct teal color.
I couldn't see V Hydrae or NGC 3115 because of the light pollution.
As always, it was an excellent article.
ADDED: Had outstanding conditions last night and found V Hydrae. Although it is near its peak the heavy light pollution makes V Hydrae almost impossible to find and observe from my back yard.
Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:02 AM
Last month I had opportunity to enjoy a variable star V Hydrae in binoculars. It was a wonderful sight - V Hya has a deep red color, and now is quite bright in both 12x50 and 16x80.
Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:30 AM
Don't head back north just yet, however. We're going even farther south in May.