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MrJones
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Two do not miss Winter stars!
      #5607424 - 01/05/13 10:34 PM

New scope? Need some reasons to brave the cold after looking at Messier objects for weeks? Two never fail to amaze Winter stars for beginners to anyone:

Gamma Andromedae - A stunning double star. The next bright one out from Mirach at the tip of Andromeda.

R Leporis or Hind's Crimson Star - Variable carbon star that is so blood red that you need to see it to believe it. Under Rigel in Orion it's SAO 150058 on your GOTO .


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CJK
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: MrJones]
      #5607456 - 01/05/13 10:49 PM

Nice!! Just added both to my observing list, as both should be visible from my porch! Now I just need the rain to go away!

Thanks for the recommendation!

-- Chris


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Scott in NCAdministrator
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: CJK]
      #5607469 - 01/05/13 11:00 PM

Quote:


Thanks for the recommendation!




+1


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Staredge
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5607485 - 01/05/13 11:07 PM

I have wanted to see R Lep for years. Usually I don't think about it until summer. Want to get the scope out, but haven't seen the sun in about 3 months (or so it seems).

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lamplight
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: Staredge]
      #5607501 - 01/05/13 11:16 PM

Excellent thanks, haven't seen hinds crimson star and I was just out covering that area too , but didn't know about it. Great!

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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: lamplight]
      #5607761 - 01/06/13 04:26 AM

Another one:
Beta (11) Monocerotis is an easy to find very nice triple star


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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: MrJones]
      #5607844 - 01/06/13 07:40 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

Yeah the Hind star is indeed dark orange to red.

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MawkHawk
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5608018 - 01/06/13 10:21 AM

Another vote for Gamma Andromedae, or Almach. One of the finest doubles in the sky.

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newtoskies
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: MawkHawk]
      #5608020 - 01/06/13 10:23 AM

Very nice thread. Will check them out too. How do they fair with binos ?

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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5608078 - 01/06/13 11:02 AM

Rigel in Orion is another favourite of mine...you guys who will observe it for the first time will love it when u spot the binary component. The magnitude difference makes it interesting.

Clear Skies!


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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: CosmoSat]
      #5608963 - 01/06/13 06:04 PM

Hind's a definate

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lamplight
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: wky46]
      #5611210 - 01/08/13 12:05 AM

Well I pent a couple hours with the refractor tonight and found hinds in Lepus. That was not easy. I expected more brightness but it was hiding. Part of the issue is I could barely see the stars mall around it in my finder so it was a fainter depth I'm used to searching. Also new finder on this scope, newish equipment etc,. Was very pleased to find it. Also with same scope found the beta monocerotis which I was just able to split. That's nice.. I've definitely split almach and gamma andromedae earlier in the fall.

I haven't had any luck wi splits of Sirius or Rigel.. Just fuzz balls .. All winter.


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lamplight
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: Fireball]
      #5611216 - 01/08/13 12:09 AM

Quote:

Another one:
Beta (11) Monocerotis is an easy to find very nice triple star



Only could resolve to two equally bright. Magnification or aperture increase or seeing? Only tried with refractor.. Didn't try with bigger reflector yet.


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CJK
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: lamplight]
      #5611222 - 01/08/13 12:11 AM

I tried for Hind's star tonight, but my view was blocked by the huge tree to the southeast of my observing location.

Came in to say good night to the kids before it got high enough to clear the trees.

-- Chris


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RafaelP
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: lamplight]
      #5611223 - 01/08/13 12:11 AM

I couldn't find Hind's star, but I ran across Tauri 119 accidentally tonight which is quite red!

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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: RafaelP]
      #5611880 - 01/08/13 12:39 PM

I am quite intrigued by these two stars, especially Hind's, and definitely after seeing Maverick199's photo of it! They've been added to my list of objects to find

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lamplight
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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: Steven N]
      #5612060 - 01/08/13 02:24 PM

Actually, both of these were kind of a race for me too, before they disappeared behind the trees to south.

R leporis is super faint, perhaps just the seeing here or that it doesn't get very high in the sky. Or perhaps on a dim period of its long variable cycle I looked up. I can't remember but I THINK I was at 200x and it only stood out due to the red. Very ruddy. I'm going to try overdoing the magnification next time, in hopes of seeing more red

If I get out early enough next time ill try tauri 119


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Re: Two do not miss Winter stars! new [Re: MrJones]
      #5612197 - 01/08/13 03:41 PM

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R Leporis or Hind's Crimson Star - Variable carbon star that is so blood red that you need to see it to believe it. Under Rigel in Orion it's SAO 150058 on your GOTO .




I was quite surprised by this star after spotting it for the first time last year. It is the strangest red color star I've ever seen through a scope. Use the largest scope you have to best enjoy the crimson red color.


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