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RAKing
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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: Ain Soph Aur]
      #4969913 - 12/16/11 04:33 PM

I hope you feel better soon.

FWIW - it took me about 8 or 9 months to complete the AL list and I used at least six different scopes while I was working on it.

Because I observe from my back deck and have a limited look at the sky, I had to wait for some of the doubles to clear my house before I could bag them. There is only one AL target each in the 0900, 1100, and 1300 hours (RA). It was this waiting time that encouraged me to go find more on my own and by the time I finished the AL list, I had an extra 100 on my personal list.

Once you get hooked on doubles, you will NEVER run out of new ones to observe.

Cheers,

Ron


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jrbarnett
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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: Ain Soph Aur]
      #4970506 - 12/16/11 11:46 PM

Back awhile ago I ordered a 5" D&G and it took ~19 months to show up. It sounds like this is still the case.

I think that working the list with whatever scope is appropriate and available for a given double sounds like a winner. The 60mm is great in that it'll deploy and cool almost instantaneously and still be able to net you the majority of doubles on the list. Then when you have more time and more aperture, you can finish things up.

Hang in there, and I hope your weather improves soon.

- Jim


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MadHungarian
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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: Ain Soph Aur]
      #5057809 - 02/06/12 01:20 AM

And i've just started mine too. Split a couple last night in Orion, after 2 hours chasing craters on the moon for the Lunar II certificate. I'm hoping the weather holds out tomorrow night, so i can get the rest of the Orion double stars on the list.

Lambda Orionis was the more interesting of the two, because it was the closest one i've seen yet, at 4.4". Using 15mm TV plossl (187x), i got a clean split in my poor driveway viewing conditions. My separation guestimate was 5"-10".

But any suggestions for better estimating separation? My estimates aren't very good yet -- my Polaris guestimate was off by 400% or so.

3 down, 97 to go...


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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5074784 - 02/16/12 12:29 AM

I've always wanted to do this. I noticed they have one for binoculars as well. When I'm finally finished with school I hope to get started.

Daniel


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Rich_W
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Loc: Philadelphia, PA
Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: bandhunter]
      #5086318 - 02/22/12 08:43 PM

This was the first AL list I did, took me about a year, and I learned a lot along the way. Sissy Haas's book was very helpful and I've made it a kind of lifetime target list (which I know is unrealistic, like most of my lifetime goals). But a very enjoyable project for urban skies.

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MadHungarian
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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5682796 - 02/16/13 03:33 AM

Quote:

And i've just started mine too. Split a couple last night in Orion, after 2 hours chasing craters on the moon for the Lunar II certificate. I'm hoping the weather holds out tomorrow night, so i can get the rest of the Orion double stars on the list.

3 down, 97 to go...




A year later -- 97 down, 3 to go.


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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5691273 - 02/20/13 04:31 PM

I recently started this list along with the bino list as well. I really enjoy when the two lists overlap, fun to get two(or more!) perspectives on the same system.

I think my favorite part of this list so far is that it is enhancing my ability to judge distances while looking at objects. I'm getting much better at recognizing 25" versus 10" versus 100" etc.


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CelestronDaddy
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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: Ain Soph Aur]
      #5691346 - 02/20/13 05:08 PM

Downloaded the list today and will begin the quest!

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Rich (RLTYS)Moderator
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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5692303 - 02/21/13 07:46 AM

To All, there is also the AL Binocular Double Star program.

Rich (RLTYS)


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StarDusty
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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5698783 - 02/24/13 06:52 PM

A few years ago, I started the AL double star list. I made a detailed list of the AL doubles for use out in the dark. I also kept my logs. Both can be downloaded at:

http://www.clearskyobserver.com/index.php/component/content/article/22-double...


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Ain Soph Aur
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Re: Finally made a start on the AL Double Star Club [Re: StarDusty]
      #5700809 - 02/25/13 11:44 PM

Wow, this is an old thread! After getting side-tracked with many other projects, I am about to get started on a new round of AL Double Star logs.

I lost the handful of logs from 2011 in a move last year, so started this program over from scratch in October 2012. I then got side tracked working the AL Lunar I program in November which I finished up earlier this month, so am ready to start back up on the Double Star program. Right now I am at 32 of 100.


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