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Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre
      #5446613 - 09/29/12 11:08 AM

Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre

By Phil Harrington


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Re: Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #5448746 - 09/30/12 04:15 PM

Thanks Phil,
I always enjoy reading your Binocular Universe articles.


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Re: Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre new [Re: rookie]
      #5449647 - 10/01/12 06:05 AM

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Thanks Phil,
I always enjoy reading your Binocular Universe articles.




You're welcome! Glad you enjoy them.


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Re: Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre new [Re: PhilH]
      #5451952 - 10/02/12 01:18 PM

Nice story about a very exciting little piece of sky. There's a lot to enjoy by just scanning through the region.

For the absolute beginner I find that M57 is better located by first finding the 5th magnitude star just over 12' WNW from gamma in the direction of beta; M57 is then almost exactly in the middle between this star and beta.


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Re: Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5452150 - 10/02/12 03:29 PM

I love hanging out in Lyra.

Thanks for [some of] the truth about Lyre, Lyre.

Just a plug for two carbon stars: T Lyr and HK Lyr. T Lyr is better known. HK Lyr is about 45' SSW of Zeta Lyr.

Also thanks for mentioning the "7" asterism near M56. I hadn't thought of that before. Why? There are two more stars. They are located on both parts of the "7" and create overall a triangle within a triangle. For several years, I imagine this five star "asterism" to be a slipper to which M56 is a puffy little pom pom or tassle.

Edited by Man in a Tub (10/02/12 03:42 PM)


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Re: Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre new [Re: Man in a Tub]
      #5452474 - 10/02/12 07:02 PM

Can we get some more info on ISK 1?
Plotted but not explained; listed but scant info.

I use all 4 editions of Starware for reference.


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Re: Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre new [Re: The Ardent]
      #5454607 - 10/04/12 06:27 AM

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Can we get some more info on ISK 1?
Plotted but not explained; listed but scant info.

I use all 4 editions of Starware for reference.




Not much info is available. From "Star Clusters" by Archinal and Hynes, Iskudarian 1 "was postulated by Iskudarian and Saakian [1961] as a possible cluster of white dwarfs in Lyra. They suggest it contains 26 stars with V(?) magnitudes of 15.8 to 20.2 spread over an area of 2 deg by 1 deg...On the surface, the physical existence of a cluster of white dwarf stars seems unlikely, but it is not clear is sufficient research was done on these stars to demonstrate its existence."

This CN thread from 4 years ago might offer a little additional insight. I included it in Touring the Universe through Binoculars back in 1990 owing to its size and little publicity at the time, but it would seem that Isk 1 is really not within the realm of the binocularist.


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Re: Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #5454609 - 10/04/12 06:30 AM

I'd like to pass along this observation sent to me the other day by CN reader Mike Allen from OH, recounting his experience viewing M57 through binoculars. Thanks, Mike!

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I enjoyed your recent article on the Cloudy Nights web site. I have seen the M57, under a dark sky, in my 8x40 Zeiss binoculars as a star-like dot. Using my 16x70 Fujis it becomes a tiny round fuzzy object, but no central hole was observed. I've not been too involved with variable stars, however I do intend to monitor those you mentioned in your article.




Anyone else??


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Re: Binocular Universe: Lyre, Lyre new [Re: PhilH]
      #5455347 - 10/04/12 04:28 PM

This was a great article as usual! Thanks so much Phil!! I look forward to these and share with my family!

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