"False" Albireo (Alpha Vul)
Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:50 PM
I recently went looking for it with binoculars out at a dark sky site and nearly logged it, when I realized I was looking at the wrong star pair!
Near Albireo is Alpha Vulpeculae which looks just like Albireo does in a telescope! It even has roughly the same color contrast, just not as intense to my eyes. You actually can get both Alpha Vul and Beta Cyg in the same FOV of a 6 degree FOV binoculars, with Albiero clealy being the tighter pair.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:29 PM
Posted 14 November 2013 - 04:10 PM
Next chance I get, I'll take a look for alpha and 8 Vul (aka STF A 47). WDS lists it with a 2012 separation of 426.6 arcsec. Definitely a low power pair, let alone getting Albireo in the FOV. Thanks for the heads-up!