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Has Anyone tried to find Ceres and Vesta ?

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#1 Star-gaze69

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 05:20 PM

As per the article in the July S&T, has anyone tried to locate the Asteroids Ceres and Vesta with binoculars?
I understand they're in Virgo, which is near the Equator right now. Is there a guide star I can jump from to locate them? How about if I come over from Spica?

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:36 PM

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#3 Man in a Tub

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 08:04 PM

I've been observing Ceres and Vesta for a couple of months when skies permit. They are very easy binocular targets. I've used at least four of my binoculars — my Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX was the smallest used.

Unfortunately, ongoing fog prevented seeing them separated by about 10' on the 5th. For that evening I would have used my 15x70 since they are now fainter than when I started tracking them. (Ceres was a wee-bit difficult on June 28th with my Fujinon. Would probably have been easier with the Fujinon mounted.)

#4 steveyo

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 09:48 PM

I, too, have been tracking them for a few months. Ceres is fairly dim, especially in light polluted skies. My Canon 10x30 can't find Ceres (it was easy few weeks ago), but my Canon 10x42IS still shows it, though with averted vision only in LP skies.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 10:19 PM

I have seen them in the telescope only, have not looked at them with binocs.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 08:57 PM

i located them on july 4 and 5 when closest together through my canon 18x50mm is binoculars, confirmed their motion on second night,easy catch ,memorable,kevin






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