Binocular Universe: A Few Hairy Objects
Posted 05 April 2014 - 02:31 PM
By Phil Harrington
Posted 07 April 2014 - 09:35 PM
I'll have to wait until these treats are to the west in my urban sky.
My notes show that I look at M53, M64 and so on around May. Last year, I did a when I saw M85 for the first time. I could have done it years ago! Nearby double star 24 Comae is worth a visit — a pleasant K0/A7 pair (19.9" separation).
I can see the "kite" asterism near M99 via my planetarium programs. I'll certainly try to catch it for real.
For at least the past four years, that bunch of stars southwest of M64 is integral to my star hop from M53. No name, eh? Just another cryptic celestial rune.
Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:19 AM
Posted 01 May 2014 - 10:50 AM
For the umpteenth time, I looked at that darn asterism when moving from M53 to M64. Yeah, I do weird star hops — scenic route. That asterism? Defiantly inexpressible. Downright ineffable. But I'm glad it's there.